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WGS Symposium: HIV/AIDS at 35

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-7 

The annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium, “HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives” will be held Wednesday, March 2, 9:30am-3:45pm in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, rooms 255-7. Panels will examine the crisis from local, national, and global perspectives, through the lenses of history, politics, health care, and community organizing. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to drop in for any or all of the program, which features speakers from the academy and beyond.

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Methodology Matters

May 9, 2014


Conklin Hall 245 

Co-sponsored by the History, American Studies, and English Departments, this event is designed to create a conversation between different departments about their methodologies and even how we can embrace methodologies thought to be exclusive to other departments. It’s a relaxed gathering, there will be tons of food provided, and a karaoke after party to celebrate the end of the semester!



Graduate Program in American Studies

Tuesday, May 20

5:30-7:30 pm

245 Conklin Hall

The Graduate Program in American Studies will hold an open house for prospective students on May 20, 2014. Our program explores American politics, culture and society in our backyard and around the world. We also encourage work in public humanities and oral history. Our open house is geared for prospective MA students who seek to begin coursework in the fall of 2014; we will admit MA applicants on a rolling basis until July 1. However, prospective students with an interest in doctoral studies are also welcome. To learn more about us, visit www.ncas.rutgers.edu/americanstudies. If you plan to attend our open house, please rsvp to Georgia Mellos at georgiah@andromeda.rutgers.edu.


Avenues in American Studies: A Faculty-Student Symposium

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SAVE THE DATE: May 2 2014
9:15 am-6:00 pm
Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey

RSVP requested



“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” 

A Festival of Film and Community Discussions

Billy Johnson Auditorium, Newark Museum

Throughout Spring

Films include:

Freedom Riders 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 

7:00 pm 

Junius Williams, Rutgers University

A part of the Newark Black Film Festival

The Abolitionists (Part I) 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 

6:00 pm 

Deborah Gray White, Rutgers University

The Abolitionists (Part II) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

6:00 pm 

John Stauffer, Harvard University

and Ulysses Dietz, Newark Museum

The Abolitionists (Part III) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 

6:00 pm 

James Oakes, The Graduate Center, CUNY

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/FilmAndPerformance.html. The Created Equal Film series is sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Newark Museum received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.


Nourishing Newark Farmers Markets

Various daily dates & locations around Newark:


The Brick City  Development Corporation (BCDC)’s Farmers Market Initiative was implemented to increase both number and frequency of markets, to reach communities outside of the downtown core.  Nourishing Newark is uniting the collective efforts of the community to create a comprehensive farmers market network between downtown farmers’ markets and farm stands outside of the downtown. Nourishing Newark is an initiative of the Brick City Development Corporation in conjunction with the City of Newark’s Office of Sustainability.

Writers At Newark: Matthea Harvey and George Saunders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Paul Robeson Gallery 

The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program’ Writers at Newark Reading Series brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. Admission is free and open to the public.

Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and was named a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, was published by Tin House Books in 2009. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, will be published by McSweeney’s in 2010. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

George Saunders is a New York Times bestselling American writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, McSweeney’s and GQ, among other publications. A professor at Syracuse University, Saunders won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and second prize in the O. Henry Awards in 1997. His first story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award. Pastoralia, his second story collection, was published in 2000; a novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, appeared in 2005. In 2006 Saunders received a MacArthur Fellowship and won the World Fantasy Award for his short story “CommComm.” The Braindead Megaphone, essays, was published in 2007. His story collection In Persuasion Nation was a finalist for The Story Prize in 2007. In 2013, he won the PEN/Malamud Award. His most recent book is Tenth Of December: Stories.



Premiere of Amiri Baraka’s long-lost documentary film

“The New-Ark”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center

Free admission

Amiri Baraka’s long-lost documentary film recently rediscovered in the Harvard Film Archives. Written and directed by Baraka (as LeRoi Jones), The New-Ark documents the political and cultural ferment centered at the Spirit House community center in 1968. The long-lost film covers political organizing, urban public theater, and black education at a crucial moment in Newark’s and the nation’s history. The 25-minute film will be followed by a commentary and discussion.

For more info: Marisa Pierson at mpierson@rutgers.edu or 973-353-3896. Also, http://ethnicity.rutgers.edu.


Teaching Workshop for American Studies: A faculty-student dialogue

Monday, April 7, 2014

Conklin 245 & 233

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Hosted by the Graduate Program in American Studies

A workshop for graduate students and faculty on interdisciplinary teaching. Join faculty such as Fran Bartkowski and student peers including Asha Best, Julian Gill-Peterson and Molly Rosner to strategize about how to make syllabi, how to generate student discussions, and how to use digital resources in the classroom productively. For those new to teaching and for those who wrestle each semester with the question of how to make the classroom successful—please join the conversation!


3rd Annual History Graduate Student Conference

SPACE, PLACE, AND MEMORY: The Intersection of Memory, Public and Private Spaces

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dana Room, Dana Library

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Catch the following Rutgers-Newark American Studies graduate students and their presentations at the following panels:

3:10pm — Panel #1 (War): American War and Remembrance

  • Holly Halmo, PhD, American Studies — “Simulated Warriors: Reenacting the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg”
  • Amy Lucker, PhD, American Studies — “Calibrating Culture: Historical (Re) Readings in Film, Print, and Other Media”

3:55pm — Panel #2: Art, Photography and Motion Pictures

  • Stephen McNulty, PhD, American Studies — “In the Playroom: The Aesthetics of Affect, Trauma, and Childhood”

4:45pm — Panel #3: Hip Hop and Urban Culture

  • Thomas E. Moomjy, PhD, American Studies — “Dialogical Reading, Contradictory Meaning: Tupac, Nas, and Ghostface Killah”

5:25pm — Panel #4: Twentieth Century America: Politics, Culture, and Urban Landscape

  • Elizabeth Aaron, PhD, American Studies — “Newark in the Public Schools of Newark”
  • Molly Rosner, PhD, American Studies — “Doll Fairs of the 1930s: Contested Presentations of Modernity”


All The Pieces Matter: An Urban Summit inspired by the HBO series, The Wire

Monday, March 31. 2014

4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center

Free admission and open to the public

This second of three events will be a conversation among civic leaders and thinkers about what is needed for lives to flourish in urban and metropolitan centers locally and globally. This event will be a conversation about issues facing urban youth, a discussion among RU-N faculty, RU-N students, representatives of three Newark youth organizations,and several of the young people served by  these groups.  The three organizations are YouthBuild, the Youth Policy  Board of Newark, and Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway. Monday, March 31, 2014


Erin Sweeney, St. Benedict’s Prep

Vaughn Crowe, Amelior Foundation

Professor Jamie Lew, Sociology

Professor Mara Sidney, Political Science

Giancarlo Tello, student activist

Saad Admani, student activist

Professor Clement Price will moderate. For more info:  Fran Bartkowski: franb@rutgers.edu or click here: http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/all-pieces-matter-urban-summit-0.


Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish Music Heritage:

Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey

April 1, 2014

11:30 am

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark

A lecture and musical performance by Zé Maurício on the fourth floor of the Dana Library http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/location/dana-library, Maurício is a Brazilian percussionist and original member of Grammy Award-winning percussion ensemble Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey. Learn more here http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/events/portuguese-brazilian-spanish-music-heritage.


Post-Racial Surveillance and Control, Then and Now

Khalil Gibran Muhammed

Monday, March 10

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-257

Khalil Gibran Muhammed. Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a former associate professor of history at Indiana University, will be discuss contemporary debates about Stop and Frisk turn on the question of whether or not crime statistics can justify discriminatory policing in the name of public safety. Defenders of the policy believe it is not racially discriminatory to over police where the criminals are. Opponents disagree and argue that individuals cannot be criminalized because of what the data says. In this lecture, Khalil Gibran Muhammad turns to the past to expose the origins of such logic in the early Jim Crow period, especially in the urban North, revealing how little has changed in the debate on in over a century. Dr. Muhammed earned his Ph.D in history from Rutgers University and is currently working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, which traces the historical roots of changing demographics of crime and punishment. More info: http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/khalil-g-muhammad-post-racial-surveillance-and-control-then-and-now-0.


Writers At Newark

Edward P. Jones and Natasha Trethewey

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Paul Robeson Gallery

The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program’ Writers at Newark Reading Series brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. Admission is free and open to the public.

Edward P. Jones has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his Novel The Known World. His first collection of short stories, Lost in the City, won PEN/Hemingway Award and was short-listed for the National Book Award. His most recent collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, has become a bestseller. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004.

Natasha Trethewey is the 19th United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the poetry collections Thrall, Native Guard, winner of a 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia, a 2003 American Library Association Notable Book and Domestic Work. She has also written Beyond Katrina: A meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She has received fellowships from the Guggenhelm and Rockefeller Foundations.


The Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium 2014

Women & Health

Thursday, March 6, 2014

9:45 am – 3:45 pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Essex West Room 231

Speakers include: Alison Howell, Zoe Wool, Christina Joseph, Felisia Bowen, Monique Howard and Amber Hollibaugh. Admission is free. No need to RSVP.

More info here: https://sakai.rutgers.edu/access/content/attachment/d8a980bf-8f9d-46a8-ab31-18d46ca83530/Announcements/8c92ccd9-4f06-4ff7-bd94-54942d76278e/WGS%20Annual%20Symposium%202014%20Poster.pdf.


“All the Pieces Matter:” An Urban Summit

Inspired by TV’s “The Wire”

 Tuesday, February 25, 2014

4:00pm – 7:00pm

  Paul Robeson Campus Center

Admission: Free

This event will be a conversation about issues facing urban youth, a discussion among RU-N faculty, RU-N students, representatives of three Newark youth organizations, and several of the young people served by these groups.  The three organizations are YouthBuild, the Youth Policy Board of Newark, and Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway.


Sherri-Ann Butterfield, RU-N

Roland Anglin, RU-N

Bonnie Veysey, RU-N

Lori Scott-Pickens, RU-N

For more info: Fran Bartkowski, franb@andromeda.rutgers.edu



Nick Turse – Kill Anything That Moves:

The Real American War in Vietnam

Monday, February 10, 2014

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Dana Library

Nick Turse, MA alumnus of the Federated Department of History, will be giving a presentation and reading from his book, Kill Anything That Moves. There will be a book signing immediately following his presentation. Based on classified documents and first-person interviews, a startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians. Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by “a few bad apples.” But as award‑winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of orders to “kill anything that moves.”

Drawing on more than a decade of research in secret Pentagon files and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time how official policies resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded. In shocking detail, he lays out the workings of a military machine that made crimes in almost every major American combat unit all but inevitable. Kill Anything That Moves takes us from archives filled with Washington’s long-suppressed war crime investigations to the rural Vietnamese hamlets that bore the brunt of the war; from boot camps where young American soldiers learned to hate all Vietnamese to bloodthirsty campaigns like Operation Speedy Express, in which a general obsessed with body counts led soldiers to commit what one participant called “a My Lai a month.”

Thousands of Vietnam books later, Kill Anything That Moves, devastating and definitive, finally brings us face‑to‑face with the truth of a war that haunts Americans to this day.”


34th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series

Saturday, February 15, 2014

9:30 am-3:00 pm

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark

The 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be commemorated at the 2014 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Tending the Light: Community Organizing and the Modern Civil Rights Movement, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The daylong conference features four distinguished speakers: Bob Moses, civil rights movement veteran and president of The Algebra Project; Diane Nash, civil rights movement veteran; Charles Payne, Professor, University of Chicago; and Barbara Ransby, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago. Immediately following the MTW conference, the audience is invited to attend a free reception and gallery tours at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark. All events are presented by the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and are free and open to the public. For more information visit the Institute’s website: ethnicity.rutgers.edu.  Or phone 973.353.3891.


Artists in Dialogue: A Conversation with Willie Cole

Sunday, February 16, 2014

2:00-3:00 pm

Newark Museum

Be part of a dialogue inspired by the Newark Museum’s most recent acquisition, The Sole Sitter.  Join the artist, Willie Cole, and curator Christa Clarke as they discuss the artist’s creative process and his many sources of inspiration, from African art to high-heeled shoes. This program will be followed by a reception in the Engelhard Court, 3-4 pm.


Exhibits at the

Newark Public Library

Bricks, Mortar, Memories and Pride
The James Street Commons Historic District Reconsidered

June 12 – December 14, 2013
Main Library, Third Floor Gallery


Mesoamerican Mosaic: New Jersey’s Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran Communities 

September 12 – December 31, 2013
Main Library, Second Floor Gallery 

Go check them out before they close this December!!!


Writers At Newark Reading Series

John Keene and Rigoberto Gonzalez

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

5:30pm – 7:00pm in the Paul Robeson Gallery

The Writers at Newark Reading Series brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus and provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting. This event highlights two of Rutgers-Newark’s own — the English Department’s John Keene and Rigoberto Gonzalez, who both also teach courses in the Creative Writing MFA Program. Admission is free.

John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations and the poetry collection Seismosis. His work has appeared in publications including African-American Review, Gay and Lesbian Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and A Public Space. He is the recipient of a Whiting Foundation Award and a Fellowship from the inaugural Pan-African Literary Forum.

 Rigoberto Gonzalez is the author of 10 books, including Black Blossoms, a book of poems. So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks was a National Poetry Series selection. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and the Shelley Memorial Award. He is on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

FOR MORE INFO: Rutgers Newark Creative Writing MFA Program @ rnmfa@newark.rutgers.edu or call 973-353-1107. WEBSITE: http://www.mfa.newark.rutgers.edu.


Blues People @ 50

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 6 to 8 p.m. 

Billy Johnson Auditorium

The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Free and open to the public.Featured Panelists:  Author Amiri Baraka; Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., University of Pennsylvania; Dan Morgenstern, Rutgers-Newark; Steve Colson, jazz pianist and composer; Farah Jasmine Griffin and Robert O’Meally, Columbia University.Blues People @ 50 Panel Discussion is the last of a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Amiri Baraka’s Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, economic, and cultural history.  Presented by the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience in partnership with the Newark Museum, NJPAC, and The Priory.  Blues People @ 50 is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.  Sponsored by Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience.  Who to contact: Marisa Pierson @ (973)353-3896 and  mpierson@rutgers.edu.

Winter Festival of Lights

Newark Museum

Thursday, December 5, 2013

4:30pm to 8:30pm

A FREE holiday season kick-off celebration with performances, planetarium shows, tours, hands-on workshops, and holiday treats from around the world.  Schedule of activities here: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/WinterLights.html.

Holiday Choral Concert

Monday, December 9, 2013
11:30am – 12:50pm
Paul Robeson Gallery
Free Admission

Holiday choral music. Works by Faure, Bairstow, Rutter,Shaw, Helvey, Smith, and arrangements of Christmas carols, Hanukah songs, Hispanic folksongs and African-American spirituals.

John Floreen


Focus and Frames:
The Films of William Wyler

Professor Gabriel Miller

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
2:30pm in the Dana Room, 4th floor, Dana Library 

The English Department’s Professor Miller will be discussing his book and showing film clips.  Miller has taught modern drama and film at Rutgers since 1980and he has written and edited books on Martin Ritt, Fred Zinnemann, Clifford Odets, John Irving, and Daniel Fuchs in addition to publishing articles on Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, Edward Albee and others. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served!


Film Series: Exploring Metropolitan and Urban Issues

Celebrating Black Boys

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies
Free Admission
Join DocumentaryStorm, Tony Harris, and Al Jazeera as we go into Baltimore, into the inner city, into the classrooms, and into the head of black boys of America. The education system is failing black Americans. Why? You’ll be fascinated by what you see.

Click on link to register: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1446182-ehjkQslmiO.

Irene Welch
(973) 353-1750

Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress

Hon. Olympia Snowe
Thursday, November 21, 2013
11:30am – 1:00pm
Center for Law and Justice
Free Admission

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME ’95-’13) will discuss how Congress can regain its ability to reach bipartisan consensus. The lecture is made possible by the generosity of Rutgers-Newark Law alum Paul Miller ’62.


Rebecca Siroky

Writers at Newark Reading Series

Christa Parravani & Anthony Swofford

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Rutgers-Newark MFA Program is interested in the real world experience our students bring to the classroom, as well as to creative exchange beyond the university campus. Our most visible bridge to the University and to Newark is The Writers at Newark Reading Series, which brings nationally prominent writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to campus. The Reading Series provides the opportunity for a diverse audience of students, faculty, staff and the public to hear and interact with these writers in an intimate and dynamic setting.

Christa Parravani
Christa Parravani is the author of the memoir Her. She is also a photographer whose photographs are internationally exhibited; she is represented by the Michael Foley Gallery in New York City and the Kopeikin gallery in Los Angeles. She has taught photography at Dartmouth College, Columbia University and UMass, Amherst. She earned her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark.

Anthony Swofford 
Anthony Swofford is the author of the memoirs, Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails, published in 2012, and Jarhead, published in  2003, which is primarily based on his experiences in the first  Gulf War as a U.S. Marine Corps Surveillance and Target Acquisition/Scout-Sniper; after the war, he was educated at American River College; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.Jarhead was the basis of the 2005 movie of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes. He has taught at the University of Iowa and Lewis and Clark College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York TimesHarper’sMen’s JournalThe Iowa Review, and other publications. He is a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship recipient.


Open House

The Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark

Wednesday, November 13

6 to 8 pm in 245 Conklin Hall

An open house for prospective Ph.D. and M.A. students will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 6-8 pm in 245 Conklin Hall.  The deadline for applications to the doctoral program is January 16, 2014. Applications to the MA program will be accepted on a rolling basis until, July 1, 2014. If folks plan to attend, please rsvp to Georgia Mellos at georgiah@andromeda.rutgers.edu.  Spread the word!


The National Lawyers Guild

Celebrates the Memory of Rutgers Law School’s Very Own People’s Lawyer

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Rutgers School of Law, Newark, Lower Atrium

Professor Gary Francione is returning to host this event recognizing people’s lawyers in the name of Arthur Kinoy: Lynne Stewart, longtime movement lawyer, http://www.democracynow.org/2013/8/8/i_do_not_want_to_die; Steven Gotzler, Legal Program Assistant at the ACLU-PA and Connie Pascale, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel at Legal Service of NJ.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with public interest students, alums, lawyers, advocates and organizers while enjoying delicious food and drink (Vegan Options Available).  Sliding Scale Admission:

•$1-5 Students

•$5-15 Recent Alum and General Public

•$15-20  Attorneys


A Celebration of Amiri Baraka’s  Blues People @ 50 Jazz Performance

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Performed at the Newark Museum,

49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

FREE and Open to the Public

Click here for more information.

Part of NJPAC’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, A Celebration of Amiri Baraka’s Blues People @ 50 Jazz Performance is the second part of our Blues People @ 50 program.  This program includes a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Amiri Baraka’s Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, economic, and cultural history.

Presented by the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience in partnership with the Newark Museum, NJPAC, and The Priory. 


The Newark Museum

The Art of Translation: The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Art

Through November 3, 2013

Since Nigeria’s early push for independence, artists have drawn upon cultural and aesthetic traditions, translating their meanings, forms and functions as they navigate the country’s evolving social and political landscape. This exhibition presents an historical overview of these artistic translations, with works by 13 artists spanning the 1940s to 2000. They include Akinola Lasekan, Uche Okeke, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Jacob Afolabi, Obiora and Ada Udechukwu, Chinwe Uwatse and Olu Oguibe. The selection presented here is part of a major gift of 145 works of modern and contemporary African art donated to the Newark Museum in 2012 by Dr. Simon Ottenberg, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Washington, and a pioneering scholar of modern and contemporary Nigerian art. More information: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/ArtOfTranslation.html.


Hurricane Sandy: The Story of an Unnatural Disaster

John Gillis, Rutgers professor emeritus of history 

Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm

John Cotton Dana Library, 4th floor

Dana Room, Room 404

American Studies and the Cornwall Center will mark the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with a lecture by John Gillis, Rutgers professor emeritus of history and author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History  (Chicago 2012) on Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark, 4th floor, Dana Room, Room 404. John Stilgoe of Harvard wrote of The Human Shore, “It is a pleasure to see the culture and science of our shores dovetailed into a history of such authority and grace. This will be required reading.”  More info:  http://www.cornwall.rutgers.edu/node/127.  RSVP: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1409315-gGxgQERPH6#sthash.pbO4FRsi.dpuf.


Celebration of Contingent Faculty at Rutgers-Newark

Rutgers Council of AAUP-AFT Chapters

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 2:30-4:00pm

Hudson Room 255 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center

Celebrating Full-time, non-tenure track faculty, Clinical faculty, Part-time lecturers. Meet and hear from special guest Mark Di Ionno (NCAS ’85), Part-time Lecturer, Author, Star Ledger Columnist, Journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Refreshments will be served.  RSVP at aaup@rutgersaaup.org.  See flyer for more details: https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f9a271a289&view=att&th=141e12ca3ff3729b&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P_il_IUltQhQEfgKNJ06nSL&sadet=1382464654395&sads=JL015cOvffdhEF9StQrclt_Uol4&sadssc=1


Summer of Rage

An Oral History of the 1967 Newark and Detroit Riots

A Presentation & Book Signing by Max A. Herman

Friday, October 25th at 6:00pm

The New Jersey Historical Society

Drawing on oral history interviews and archival materials, Summer of Rage examines the causes and consequences of urban unrest that occurred in Newark and Detroit during the summer of 1967. It seeks to give voice to those who experienced these events firsthand and places personal narratives in a broader theoretical framework involving issues of collective memory, trauma, race relations, and urban development.  Further, the volume explores the multiple truths present in these contentious events and thereby sheds light on the past, present, and future of these cities.

About the author

Max Arthur Herman is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at New Jersey City University. Since receiving his M.A. from Yale University and his PhD from the University of Arizona, Herman has taught courses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, social movements, and the sociology of religion at a variety of public and private universities including Rice University, Oberlin College, and Rutgers University. He is the author of Fighting in the Streets: Ethnic Succession and Urban Unrest in Twentieth Century America (Peter Lang, 2005).  In addition to these academic engagements, Herman currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, located at historic Congregation Ahavas Sholom in Newark.

The lecture will take place in the Dillon auditorium at 52 Park Place in Newark. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public. The New Jersey Historical Society offers public exhibitions, education programs and a renowned research library.  Public exhibitions are open Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm with the Research Library open 12pm to 5pm by appointment.

For information and questions contact:  Doug Oxenhorn doug@jerseyhistory.org 973-596-8500 ext 224.


Common Greens Farmers Market

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 11:00am – Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 3:00pm

The most popular Farmers Market is back in downtown Newark and we’ll be back in the beautiful PSE&G Plaza for the third year. The vendors that you know and love will be there, as well as new ones you’ll be meeting for the first time. Come enjoy live music to entertain as you sit on the new bistro furniture, and shop for your fresh produce, homemade candles, jewelry, and skincare products, foods from different cultures, spices,  gourmet nuts and dried fruits, Kettle Korn, and so much more.

The NDD Common Greens Farmers Market will accept NJ SNAP, WIC and Senior Citizen’s Program Vouchers.




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