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Public Scholars Project

January 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Maplewood, NJ | Maplewood Hilton Branch Library

Write Your Memoir Five Minutes at a Time

Unlike autobiography, memoir is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell, a story that matters. Writing memoir asks that one awaken and be guided by empathy towards oneself and others. In this way, memoir prompts a journey of self-discovery that enables writers to gain insights into their past. Through lessons in the craft of memoir, the exploration of editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, participants learn how to develop a writing practice and continue their writing life beyond the session.

Edvige Giunta, Ph.D.
Professor of English at New Jersey City University

Public Scholars Project

January 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Jersey City, NJ | Apple Tree House

Beyond Bathrooms & Binaries

Controversies about transgender students, athletes, and service members have, in recent years, drawn attention to the challenges gender nonconforming people face in public life. Have you asked yourself about your level of awareness of these about these issues? In this session, participants will explore, through informed conversations and using specific examples, why labels are so complex and whether gender categories are ever useful.

Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D.
President of The Fund for New Jersey

Public Scholars Project

January 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM | Gillette, NJ | Long Hill Township Public Library

Jerusalem: Holy – and Wholly Complex - City

Why can Jerusalem be thought of as a city of both joy and sorrow? And what does it mean to be at the intersection of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, influenced heavily by the convergence of differing religious views, is a truly unique city that allows a look at the past and the present simultaneously. In this session, participants will explore the rich and complex history and how thousands of years have shaped how we see, understand, and experience Jerusalem today.

Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D.
Professor of History at Kean University

Grant Deadlines

January 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM | Newark, NJ | Newark Public Library

Workshop: Action Grants

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Action Grants support the implementation, continuation, and expansion of public humanities projects in New Jersey. If you're thinking about applying for an Action Grant from NJCH, this might be the perfect workshop for you. Whether you are ready to do something new or sticking with a successful model, this workshop will get you ready to submit a competitive proposal for your program.

During the first half, Director of Grants & Programs Gigi Naglak will provide an overview of the Action Grant program as well as the application process.

In the second half of the workshop, participants will discuss their potential projects in small groups and receive and provide feedback about prospective grant proposals. This type of informal collaboration will help to clarify project purpose, audience, and process. Discussion will align with the NJCH grant applications so that everyone will leave the workshop one step closer to being ready to apply.

All participants should review the Action Grants section of prior to the workshop and prepare notes or an outline about their potential humanities project.

Public Scholars Project

January 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Plainsboro, NJ | Plainsboro Public Library

Telling the Story of Harlan Joseph

In the days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., violence erupted across the US. The details of how those nights of violence played out in Trenton—the lootings, fires and arrests—are the subject of Purcell Carson’s forthcoming documentary. In that film, Carson (and co-director Alison Isenberg) focus on the story of one African-American teenager, Harlan Joseph, who was accidentally shot and killed by a Trenton police officer. This session offers a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the documentary film – a film that traces the details of Joseph’s life and death – and an opportunity to discuss the way the past still resonates today.

Purcell Carson
Filmmaker & Lecturer in Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School

Grantee Events

January 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Teaneck, NJ | Teaneck Public Library

I Shall Not be Silent: Film Screening and Discussion

The Enslaved African Memorial Committee & the Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial & Education Committees are proud to present Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent (2014), the story of civil rights activist, Rabbi Joachim Prinz. The film will be followed by a Q&A with producers Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak, the principals of R2, a multimedia production company. They also produced the documentary film “Remembering Oswiecim”, which is shown daily at the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Poland.

Public Scholars Project

January 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM | Fanwood, NJ | Fanwood Memorial Library

Theodore Roosevelt: “American in the Arena”

Bringing his vigorous persona (and his boisterous family) to the White House, “TR” helped catapult the U.S. into a new century. War hero to Nobel Peace Prize winner, naturalist to imperialist, The 26th President promoted progressive reform and stronger government control of business. Believing that the security of the American People would be achieved through leadership on the World Stage, President Roosevelt expanded U.S. influence around the globe.

Peyton Dixon
First Person Interpreter