Born in Africa and bred in the Diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. Since its founding in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the black world and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Now, in an age that demands ceaseless improvisation, we aim to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world.
  • Managing Editor, 2010 - present
    (Issues 103, 104, 105, 106)

Du Bois Review

The Du Bois Review is a scholarly, multidisciplinary, and multicultural journal devoted to social science research and criticism about race. Launched in the spring of 2004, the journal provides a forum for discussion and increased understanding of race and society from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, law, communications, public policy, psychology, linguistics, and history. The editors of this peer-reviewed journal are Professor Lawrence D. Bobo (Harvard University) and Professor Michael C. Dawson (University of Chicago).

African American National Biography

The African American National Biography is a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press.

Available initially as a handsome eight-volume set containing over 4,000 entries written and signed by distinguished scholars, the AANB continues to grow along with the field of African American biographical research, and continuous updates to the online edition will bring the total number of lives profiled to more than 5,000.
  • Research Assistant, 2009
  • Author, "Mingo Sanders" entry, 2009
  • AANB Website

First Night Missoula

  • Special Events Coordinator, 2007-2009
  • Coordinated annual New Year's Eve celebration of the arts for 8,500 attendees. (2008, 2009)
  • Chaired planning committee. Managed media relations and marketing, artist selection and scheduling.
  • Managed legal contracts for 100+ artists and technical contractors.
  • Recruited, scheduled and managed 200+ volunteers. Organized volunteer training session.
  • Designed 2007-09 website,
  • Designed 15th Anniversary button, poster and program cover.

First Night Idol (now First Night Star)

  • Produced annual talent competition with 65 contestants and 1,500+ attendees. (2008, 2009)
  • Coordinated 4 preliminary rounds and final competition.
  • Chaired planning committee. Established judging criteria, recruited "celebrity" judges.
  • Coordinated media relations, prize donations and recruited volunteers.
  • Designed webpage 2007-09
  • Press: Confessions from the Judging Table, 2009 Final Round photos.
  • Website: First Night Star

Convention Reflections

  • Organized community conversation, fundraising event for Michele Reinhart, House Rep. HD-97.
  • Designed event poster. Managed event logistics and media relations.

Meet Me in Missoula

  • Developed and managed semi-annual regional marketing campaign to promote and attract cultural tourism. (2007, 2008)
  • Secured local government, business and non-profit participation.
  • Established partnerships with 2 organizations.
  • Recruited advertising buy-in from 15+ arts and cultural organizations.
  • Created marketing concept, supervised web design and production of print materials, ads.
  • Scheduled ad campaign.
  • Press: Missoula Touts Cultural Offerings

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition (CFAC)

  • Consulted on strategic planning, organizational development, website development and membership drive strategy. Produced membership drive materials.
  • With Education and Outreach committee, produced 3-day Food Film Festival with panel discussions and fundraising receptions. Coordinated "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" networking events for local producers and chefs.

Sister City Program - Missoula Cultural Council

  • Produced 2 annual sister-city celebrations--Germanfest and New Zealand Day--for 1,500 attendees. (2007, 2008)
  • Designed website,
  • Poster design, New Zealand Day - June, 2008
  • Stein design for 15th Anniversary, Germanfest - September, 2008
  • "It's New Zealand Day" article, June 14, 2008, The Tribune, Palmerston North, NZ

It's OK to Lye

Reflections on Norwegian Cuisine
with Mayor John Engen

by Sara Bruya

Good food can almost always be enjoyed more if accompanied by a good story. In the case of lutefisk, a fish dish of Norwegian origin, many folks might agree that the story is more palatable than the meal... [full article]

October, 2008 in Edible Missoula

Meet Me at the Fair

Revisiting The Western Montana Fair's
Agricultural Heritage

by Sara Bruya

If I were to ask a family of local farmers to take a few days off in early August, they would probably think I was out of my mind. Those are the booming days of mid-summer, when just about everything that has been planted for the season is coming on in full force — some fast-growing veggies, like zucchini, requiring two harvests per day. The weekly demands of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and farmers' markets drive a frenzy of farm activity for all available hands. So it’s probably not the best time to kick back for a few days to enjoy the Western Montana Fair... [Full Article]

July, 2008 in Edible Missoula

The Story of Mingo Sanders

Fort Missoula Bicycle Corps' most famous member not forgotten

By Sara Bruya

Many in Missoula might be unaware that one man, stationed at Fort Missoula at the end of the 19th Century, went on to be a contributing factor in many significant social and political moments in the history of the Civil Rights movement and in American history in general...[Full Article]

March, 2008 in the Missoulian

Estación Ecológica Río San Martín

How to Feed an Orchestra

Hints from Darco Butorac's International Repertoire
by Sara Bruya

All I knew about Butorac before our first conversation was that he is an award-winning, globetrotting musical director and conductor—a busy and talented young professional—
who might, for all I know, have nothing in the cupboards. Busy professionals don’t always have time to cook. Musicians, however… [Full Article]

January, 2008 in Edible Missoula

Education for Development

  • Board Member, 2004-2009
  • Consulted on strategic planning, program development and fundraising materials for projects in Uganda and Dominican Republic.
  • Managed fundraising for international student scholarships.
  • Edited quarterly e-newsletter.