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From UC Santa Cruz's Regional History Project, Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz. This masterful two-volume history weaves together first-person accounts of the campus's evolution, from the origins of an audacious dream through the sea changes of five decades. With more than 200 voices and a trove of archival images from Special Collections & Archives!

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Press Coverage and Events:

Irene Reti, Director of the Regional History Project and co-editor of SEEDS, is interviewed in the Library's Fall 2020 Newsletter.

SEEDS in Good Times: "Sprawling Oral History Traces the Evolution of UCSC: A diverse account of UCSC’s story, told by those who lived it" by Wallace Baine, 22 September 2020.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel showcases the beginnings of UC Santa Cruz with SEEDS in a gallery of images in its August 5th issue. 

Sam Whiting explores the artistry and history within SEEDS for the June 8th San Francisco Chronicle: "Ansel Adams, Campus Photographer, Featured in New Book on UC Santa Cruz"

Did you miss any part of the Summer 2020 series UC Santa Cruz: A History of Creativity & Change? Each event in this six-part series, featuring the editors of SEEDS alongside prominent UCSC faculty and staff commentators, was recorded and can now be viewed online. With gratitude to co-sponsors the UCSC Alumni Association and the UCSC University Library. 

Cameron Vanderscoff appeared on KSQD's The Cutting Edge with Nada Miljkovic on June 14th. Listen to his interview.

Alessia Cecchet (Graduate Student, Dept. of Film and Digital Media) presented at UCSC's Digital Scholarship Research Symposium on her two-year project to create a digital exhibit that serves as both a companion to SEEDS and a gateway to the University Archives. Watch her presentation!


SEEDS prevailed in spite of a pandemic, and a second printing is in the works! Read more in the University Library's Spring 2020 Newsletter.


"The editors have shown great skill in taking pieces of the oral histories and putting them together to make a compelling and highly readable narrative." - Barry Bowman, UCSC Emeriti Association Newsletter, April 2020 (read the entire review here)


Irene Reti made a special presentation about SEEDS at the May 9th virtual gathering of Researchers Anonymous, an ongoing program for people interested in researching, writing, reading, and sharing the history of Santa Cruz County, California. 


undefinedSarah Rabkin shared excerpts from SEEDS about Ken Norris and early UCSC natural history during the Kenneth S. Norris Center's Shelter in Nature Spring 2020 Virtual Symposium on May 7th. Watch the recorded event here.

Talking SEEDS on KSQD Community Radio: Irene Reti was interviewed by Wallace Baine on May 7th. Listen to her interview here.

New Book Reveals Every Secret and Mystery of UCSC's History (Reddit, 4/28/2020)

Watch this mini-documentary featuring Irene Reti, co-editor of SEEDS and director of UCSC's Regional History Project.

Listen to the recording from the April 10th Virtual Reading and Book Launch Party, organized by the wonderful Jory Post and sponsored by Bookshop Santa Cruz, Phren-Z magazine, and the Hive Poetry Collective.

Co-editor Cameron Vanderscoff talks about SEEDS with Richard Eeds on Santa Fe's Talk KTRC 1260! Listen to his series of interviews about SEEDS: March 26th (22 minutes) and April 7th (34 minutes); and his return interview on June 3 (23 minutes) which covers SEEDS as well as COVID-19 and protests happening now in New York City.