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Acclaimed Author Speaks at Citrus College Women's History Event
Glendora, Calif. (March 22, 2019) – Award-winning author Charmaine Craig spoke before an audience of community members, students, faculty and staff during a special engagement recently hosted by Citrus College in celebration of Women's History Month.
The event was held in the college's Haugh Performing Arts Center on March 21. During her presentation, Ms. Craig discussed her family's history in Burma, now known as Myanmar. She shared the poignant story of her mother and grandparents who lived in the southeast Asian country when it was under British rule, occupied by Japan during World War II and through its civil war. Their experiences during the country's turbulent move toward independence serve as the basis of her novel, "Miss Burma."
"Women's History Month provides Citrus College with the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of visionary women throughout history," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "The experiences shared by Ms. Craig were sobering, yet fascinating. Her personal story emphasizes the extraordinary contributions women have made and shines a spotlight on many of the issues facing women today."
Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, "Miss Burma" is Ms. Craig's second novel. Her first novel, "The Good Men," was a national bestseller translated into six languages. Ms. Craig studied literature at Harvard College, received her master's degree in fine arts form the University of California, Irvine, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
"Our goal for this event was to highlight women's issues and to champion the incredible women who have brought about change in the world," said Dr. Maryann Tolano-Leveque, dean of students at Citrus College. "Ms. Craig's presentation was both captivating and inspirational. It served as a reminder of the significant role women play in society."
Prior to the presentation, a special reception was held in the Visual Arts Building's Art Gallery. Community leaders, donors and other friends of Citrus College were in attendance.
"I am proud that Citrus College hosts events such as the Women's History Month celebration," said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "It is important to acknowledge and honor the many women who have used their talent and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others. Our hope is that these events inspire future generations of strong leaders."