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Grant Deadlines

May 7, 2018 - June 1, 2018 | Trenton, NJ | New Jersey Council for the Humanities

2018 Incubation Grant (Round 2) Intent to Apply period (required)

Potential applications are required to submit an Intent to Apply though our online application system by June 1, 2018.

To learn more visit: http://njhumanities.org/grants.

Community Events

May 30, 2018 - June 1, 2018 | , |

New Jersey Library Association Conference

Each and every year, NJLA and NJASL invites all types of librarians and library workers, supporters and vendors to participate in engaging discussion, thoughtful workshops and presentations, networking and professional development during this three-day conference. On this website, you'll find details for Conference attendees, tips for program organizers and speakers, and information for vendors, nonprofit organizations and potential sponsors.

Public Scholars Project

June 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM | Hoboken, NJ | The Jubilee Center

Martin Luther King Jr.: "A Man of Conscience"

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience. His most famous speech, (“I Have a Dream”) was first delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

Keith Henley
First Person Interpreter

Grantee Events

June 2, 2018 | Bloomfield, NJ | Bloomfield Public Library

Drag Queen Storytime featuring Very Gerry!

Gerry Mastriola, better known as the fabulous “Very Gerry!” will join us for stories, songs, glitter, and fabulousness! Children will make their very own craft to take home, too! This program is for children of all ages.

Public Scholars Project

June 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM | New Providence, NJ | New Providence Memorial Library

Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.

Prudence Jones, Ph.D.
Professor at Montclair University

Grantee Events

June 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Camden, NJ | Serrano's Tavern

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop @ The Bar, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Cookie Crew - Born This Way

This pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 5, 2018 at 12:00 PM | Spotswood, NJ | Spotswood Office on Aging and Senior Resource Center

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation and Grace, and American Legacy

She was a Kennedy. She was an Onassis. She did not define herself by her husbands. Realizing that future generations would need the insights of the past for guidance, her preservation efforts galvanized the rest of the country to protect its historic monuments. Aided by her public profile, her work helped bring about the Historic Preservation Act of 1966: the most far-reaching preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

Jill Lawrence
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

June 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM | Edison, NJ | Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "An Arsenal for Democracy"

The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal for Democracy” speech.

Neill Hartley
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

June 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Kingston, NJ | Kingston Firehouse (meeting hall)

The Roebling Legacy

Spanning 200 years, the story of the Roebling dynasty is a true account of innovation and struggle during a time of industrial revolution and technological advancement in America’s history. Through landmark achievements like the Brooklyn Bridge – the “universal symbol of New York” – and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges, the Roeblings and thousands of their employees helped shape modern life, built one of America’s best company towns – “a model in every respect.” In this session, participants will discover how this high profile New Jersey family influenced life then and life today.

Clifford Zink
Author

Grantee Events

June 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Camden, NJ | Donkey's

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop Summer of Celebration, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Cookie Crew - Born This Way

The conversation will be held outside of Donkey's.

Our pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Summit, NJ | Summit Free Public Library

Greasy Luck: Stories of a New England Whalerman

Captain Leland Emerson, master of the brigantine Sarah Ann in the year 1843, recounts the trials and toils of the hunt for Leviathan. Hear about life on board a whaling ship and of perilous adventures at sea – including encounters with the infamous great white whale, “Mocha Dick.”

David Emerson
Historical Interpreter and Storyteller

Public Scholars Project

June 7, 2018 at 6:30 PM | Succasunna, NJ | Roxbury Public Library

The World Changed, so Did the Music

Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music - concert and popular - music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.

Robert W. Butts, Ph.D.
Conductor & Educator

Public Scholars Project

June 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM | Millington, NJ | All Saints' Episcopal Church

UrbEx 101: Investigating Abandoned New Jersey

When many think of adventure and exploration, exotic locations and ancient civilizations may come to mind. However, urban exploration, or “UrbEx,” can happen in our backyards. There’s a lot that can be learned from uninhibited and abandoned landscape. In this session, through case studies from the tristate area, participants will examine abandoned properties and the narratives that accompany them. The value of learning about these abandoned spaces in our backyards as well as the safety and ethical aspects of UrbEx will be discussed.

Luke Boyd
Public Historian

NJCH Events

June 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM | Princeton, NJ | Princeton University, Lewis Arts Complex

Thrive Arts Conference 2018

Public Scholars Project

June 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM | Hoboken, NJ | The Jubilee Center

Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The presenter brings an all new adaptation of this horror story written by Washington Irving. The interactive one-man interpretation of the story of the headless horseman draws the audience into the schoolmaster’s world in sleepy Tarry Town. The program, followed by discussion about this 19th century author who also wrote Rip Van Winkle, ends with a dramatic reading of the story’s postscript.

Neill Hartley
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

June 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Rocky Hill, NJ | Somerset County Library, Mary Jacobs Memorial Branch

The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration

How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions, its cultural influence, and its style and technique? Until the early twentieth century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive session, Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music—covering a range of styles and modes of expression—and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

Matthew Backes, Ph.D.
American Studies at Rutgers University

Grantee Events

June 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Morristown, NJ | Morristown Green

Juneteenth Celebration

FREE to the public and family friendly!

Celebrate Juneteenth – when enslaved African Americans in the South finally gained freedom after the Civil War in 1865 – on the Morristown Green and at the Church of the Redeemer, South Street, Morristown.

Talk with costumed interpreters from Union Troops and Colored Troops. Get creative with Emancipation Day art activities. Listen to stories and songs of freedom from noted performers Kim and Reggie Harris. Learn more about how and why African Americans celebrated this holiday.

Free shuttle between Speedwell Village, Morris Plains Civil War Encampment and Morristown Green from 12:45pm – 5:30pm

Free shuttle between parking at Bethel AME Church-Morristown Green-Church of the Redeemer, Morristown from 12:45pm – 9:30pm

Event continues 5pm – 9pm at Church of the Redeemer, Morristown with more activities, food, and an outdoor movie

Wheelchair accessible. Sign interpretation available with 2 weeks’ notice.

Rain location: Morristown United Methodist Church.

Grantee Events

June 9, 2018 at 3:00 PM | Morristown, NJ | Morristown United Methodist Church

Journey to the Beloved Community: A Discussion on Race

Join community members to talk about race relations – past, present, and future. Discussion leaders help us work towards an understanding and appreciation of diverse perspectives. Share your ideas of how to live together peacefully as we journey together towards a community of hope, love, and mutual respect.

Discussion leader: Dr. Lillie Edwards, Professor Emeritus, Drew University.

Free childcare for children of adults attending this event provided at Morristown United Methodist Church. Teachers attending eligible for Professional Development Credits through the Amistad Commission.

Wheelchair Accessible. Sign interpretation available with two weeks' notice.

Public Scholars Project

June 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Manahawkin, NJ | Manahawkin Elks Lodge

Over Here, Molly Pitcher

This interpretive storytelling program relates the legend of “Molly Pitcher” (Mary Hays McCauley), the heroine of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse – and explores the daily lives of the “women of the army” who followed their husbands to war during the American Revolution. Molly reminisces about when she accompanied her husband through summer battles and winter encampments from Valley Forge to Monmouth to Morristown. Relating her tales of firing a cannon in the heat of battle to trudging “behind the baggage,” she provides a glimpse into what it was like to be a “camp follower” in the days when American independence was a dream rather a certainty.

Stacy Roth
Historical Interpreter and Educator

Grantee Events

June 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Camden, NJ | Serrano's Tavern

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop @ The Bar, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

This pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Lawrenceville, NJ | Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch

How New Jersey Photographers Captured Life Through Portraiture

In the 19th century, the world was introduced to the daguerreotype, ambrotype, the tintype, and other photography advancements. Photography exploded and transformed Americans’daily lives. Portraits became commonplace and many New Jersey photographers added to the collective production of images that tell the story of men and women in the 1800s. In this PSP session, images will showcase the photography of the time and enhance the discussion of the impact of photography.

Gary D. Saretzky
Archivist, educator, and photographer

Grantee Events

June 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Camden, NJ | Donkey's

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop Summer of Celebration, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Eric B. & Rakim - Paid in Full

The conversation will be held outside of Donkey's.

Our pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Jersey City, NJ | Bethune Center of Jersey City

The Life and Writing of James Baldwin

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. Mr. Cooper’s dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s writing are complemented by historical context from Dr. Swindall, leading to thought provoking questions that spark audience participation.

Lindsey Swindall, Ph.D. & Grant Cooper
Educator at Stevens Institute of Technology & Comedian

Public Scholars Project

June 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM | Caldwell, NJ | Caldwell Public Library

The Roebling Legacy

Spanning 200 years, the story of the Roebling dynasty is a true account of innovation and struggle during a time of industrial revolution and technological advancement in America’s history. Through landmark achievements like the Brooklyn Bridge – the “universal symbol of New York” – and the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges, the Roeblings and thousands of their employees helped shape modern life, built one of America’s best company towns – “a model in every respect.” In this session, participants will discover how this high profile New Jersey family influenced life then and life today.

Clifford Zink
Author

Public Scholars Project

June 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM | Marlboro, NJ | Monmouth County Library System, Marlboro Branch

Go, van Gogh!

At one point, Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother that since he had no children, he viewed his paintings as his progeny. A painter and pastor, van Gogh produced more than 2,000 “brilliant children.” In this session, dozens of his works of art, with a focus on pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be explored. An overview of his life experiences and how it influenced his art will lead to a lively discussion, which will include talking about the differences between experiencing original artwork and reproductions.

Michael Norris, Ph.D.
Art Historian

Public Scholars Project

June 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Perth Amboy, NJ | Raritan Bay YMCA

The Life and Writing of James Baldwin

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. Mr. Cooper’s dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s writing are complemented by historical context from Dr. Swindall, leading to thought provoking questions that spark audience participation.

Lindsey Swindall, Ph.D. & Grant Cooper
Educator at Stevens Institute of Technology & Comedian

Grant Deadlines

June 15, 2018 | Trenton, NJ | New Jersey Council for the Humanities

2018 Incubation Grant (Round 2) Draft Deadline (optional)

Invited applicants may submit one draft for review by June 15, 2018.

To learn more visit: http://njhumanities.org/grants.

Public Scholars Project

June 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM | Old Bridge, NJ | Old Bridge Public Library

Jersey’s Most Famous Road, the Turnpike

Think back to your last Turnpike experience. For some, it’s an occasional ride, for others it’s part of the daily grind. Have you considered what it took to create that road? New Jersey was a pioneer in major highway innovation (the Turnpike even predates the interstate highway system). In this interactive discussion, participants will be encouraged to consider its execution, significance in travel, aesthetics, and impact and how it can be seen as an emblem of American ideas and values.

Angus Kress Gillespie, Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies

Public Scholars Project

June 16, 2018 at 2:00 PM | Little Egg Harbor Twp, NJ | Tuckerton Historical Society

Blueberries - New Jersey's Wonder Fruit

It’s a good thing that Elizabeth White of Whitesbog, along with Dr. Coville, proved that the “swamp huckleberry” could be cultivated. Without their determination, we might not have the cultivated the blueberry of the Pinelands that we have today. This wonder fruit, historically known for its healing qualities, has been an important part of New Jersey’s agricultural history. In this session, participants will learn more about the blueberry’s Jersey roots, healthful benefits, and ways to prepare and savor these delightful berries.

Judith Krall-Russo
Tea & Food Scholar

Grantee Events

June 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Camden, NJ | Serrano's Tavern

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop @ The Bar, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star

This pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Grant Deadlines

June 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM | Jersey City, NJ |

NJCH Open Office Hours

Have you been thinking about a humanities project for your organization or have questions about how to find the right scholar to help explore a humanities concept? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the grant application process or other NJCH programming. "Open Office Hours" may be a great option for you.

Can’t make it to the "Open Office Hours," but still want to connect with Gigi? You can always reach out via phone or email - 609.695.4838 or gnaglak@njhumanities.org.

Grantee Events

June 21, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Camden, NJ | Donkey's

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop Summer of Celebration, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Mos Def & Talib Kweli - Black Star

The conversation will be held outside of Donkey's.

Our pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM | Mullica Hill, NJ | Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill Branch

The World Changed, so Did the Music

Did Prohibition change the music of the 1920s? And did the Cold War impact the music of the 1950s? Yes, music - concert and popular - music was influenced by the technological and political changes. From the late 1800s to today, the times have shaped what and how American hear and experience opera, concert works, musicals, jazz, country and folk music, and rock and roll. In this session, participants can tune into a discussion about the sounds, aesthetics, and auras of each decade in the modern era.

Robert W. Butts, Ph.D.
Conductor & Educator

Grantee Events

June 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Camden, NJ | Serrano's Tavern

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop @ The Bar, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Method Man & Redman - Blackout!

This pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Grant Deadlines

June 28, 2018 | Trenton, NJ | New Jersey Council for the Humanities

2018 Incubation Grant (Round 2) Application Deadline (required)

Final applications must be submitted through our online system by the 11:59 p.m. on June 28, 2018. Materials submitted late will not be considered.

To learn more visit: http://njhumanities.org/grants.

Grantee Events

June 28, 2018 at 4:30 PM | Camden, NJ | Donkey's

Hip ‐Hop Community Conversation Program

Hip-Hop Summer of Celebration, Duos Through the Decades

Topic: Method Man & Redman - Blackout!

The conversation will be held outside of Donkey's.

Our pilot project is a dialogue/discussion series based on hip-hop albums. The format for each discussion will be tailored to its host venue and supporting content will be created by locals versed in hip-hop culture.

Public Scholars Project

June 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM | Woodbridge, NJ | Woodbridge Public Library

The Fiddle in America: A History and Demonstration

How often do you get to hear music and then have a high-energy conversation about its role in historical traditions, its cultural influence, and its style and technique? Until the early twentieth century, the fiddle was the centerpiece of American folk music and folk culture. In this interactive session, Backes explores the origins and history of American fiddle music—covering a range of styles and modes of expression—and raises along the way big questions about musical tradition and music making.

Matthew Backes, Ph.D.
American Studies at Rutgers University