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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law America's first ethnic studies requirement for high school students after five years of debate Students who begin high school in 2026 must pass one semester of a class outlining the past and current struggles

Theresa Montano, professor of Chicana/o studies at Cal State Northridge, said those two provision could ignite unruly board meeting that target educators, much like the heated debates seen around Critical Race Theory. -- Daily Mail, United Kingdom

Is Big Tech Responsible for Potential Hollywood Strike?

“One of the issues with streaming is there really isn’t that natural second market there,” Todd Holmes, assistant professor of entertainment media management at California State University, Northridge, told dot.LA. “So in terms of residuals, there’s really not a structure set in place right now for people that are members of IATSE to get any kind of money, because a lot of these things are Netflix originals. That’s a problem.-- MovieGuide

Verdi Chorus Presents RITORNA VINCITORI! This November

Music Director and Founding Artistic Director ANNE MARIE KETCHUM has been the conductor of the Verdi Chorus since its beginning in 1983. Well recognized as a singer, conductor, stage director and educator, she taught on the voice faculty of Pasadena City College for 34 years until her recent retirement. During her tenure at Pasadena she directed a full opera each spring to critical acclaim. As a singer, she has appeared internationally and is well known for her performances of contemporary art music, vocal chamber music, solo recitals and opera. Her recordings of Morten Lauridsen's Cuatro Canciones and of Aurelio De La Vega's Recordatio were both honored with Grammy nominations. She has premiered numerous works by such composers as Ernst Krenek, Aurelio De La Vega, Schulamit Ran, and Hans Werner Henze. Among Ms. Ketchum's creative activities is This and My Heart: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson in Text and Song - a concert/theater piece which she co-wrote and performs with actress Linda Kelsey and pianist Victoria Kirsch. This was first presented as part of Grand Performances in Los Angeles and made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Department of Los Angeles. She has also served on the faculty of OperaWorks, Angels Vocal Art and at California State University Northridge. Ms. Ketchum and the Chorus have received commendations on several occasions from the county of Los Angeles and from the city of Santa Monica. -- Broadway World Los Angeles