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Book art proposed to be cut – students organize

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According to the Oct. 19 memo sent out by Mills President Alecia DeCoudreaux, three programs are proposed to be “taught-out” over the next few years. These programs include American Studies, the dance undergraduate major and both undergraduate and graduate levels of the Book Art program.

Book art students, past and present, have quickly begun organizing a response to the proposal that their department is to be cut.

Beck Levy, former president of the Book Art Club and recipient of the Rosalind Keep award, has penned an argument for keeping the department at Mills. There is also a petition and Tumblr page dedicated to preserving the department.

Levy’s response can be found here
The petition can be found here
The Tumblr can be found here
A copy of the Oct. 19 memo can be found here

The Campanil will be continuing coverage of these proposed cuts and the curriculum changes occurring. Feel free to comment on this page with any concerns and questions you may have. If you would like to talk to a reporter or write an opinions piece, please email

UPDATE 10/21

Kathy Walkup, head of the book arts department has released a letter regarding the potential closure of the book arts program. You can read it here.