Life began in the diverse community of of academic refugees around Columbia University just after World War 2. Everyone had a story and I felt privileged to listen in to many of them over the years. There were stories of lost cultures and political quarrels, and whispers of men in the shadows, some shrugged off from unhappy marriages. This led to an acceptance of my own multicultural identity in an era of conformity and exclusion, as well as a lifelong appreciation for human differences.
- Julie Anne Mathis