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Grantee Events

October 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM | Randolph, NJ | County College of Morris

Altruism in Motion: A Survivor's Mission

William Keegan is a retired lieutenant of the Port Authority Police Department, Special Ops Division, and the founder and president of HEART 9/11. For his service as Night Operations Commander of the World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Teams, he was awarded the highest medal for the WTC 9/11 assault.

Grantee Events

October 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Landing, NJ | Lake Hopatcong Foundation

Lake Hopatcong Station by Water, Land, and Trolley

Landing was once a transportation hub for Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey's largest lake, where the Morris Canal, Lackawanna Railroad, Morris County Traction Company, and two steamboat lines all converged to deliver passengers to their destinations around the popular resort.

Grantee Events

October 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

Darnell's Camden — And Ours

Howard Gillette, Jr., author of the acclaimed Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City and Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University, joins us for a presentation on the history and evolution of Camden, NJ. How have Camden and Cherry Hill diverged? How are we connected?

Public Scholars Project

October 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM | West Deptford, NJ | West Deptford Free Public Library

Arsenic and Old Lakes: A River Rerouted

In Cumberland County, the Maurice River flows. It flows through farmlands, forests, and suburbs, ultimately emptying into the Delaware Bay. In 1983, a wastewater lagoon at a pesticide plant near the river collaposed, transporting tons of arsenic and killing the vegetation and wildlife in its path. The investigation into this event led to a closer look at the remnant footprints of industry and area development. The re-routing, excavation, dam construction is a compelling story and a starting point for discussion on what can be learned from this type of incident.

Thomas Belton
Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Public Scholars Project

October 4, 2019 at 1:30 PM | Monroe Twp, NJ | Monroe Township Senior Center

You’ve Got a Friend

When you think of the word friendship, what comes to mind? Happiness? Laughter? Birthdays? Hugs? What about the word oddity? Friendship is downright odd. Unlike other significant relationships, friendships are relationships born of choice and friends exists for the purpose of being just that: friends. We all have these relationships, but do we ever spend time considering our expectations, limits, and how they evolve? This lively interactive session won’t guarantee new friends, but will result in a better understanding of what friendship means in our own lives.

Troy Robert Mack, Ph.D.
Special Projects Manager, Jersey City Police Department

Public Scholars Project

October 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Hillsborough, NJ | Somerset County Library, Hillsborough Branch

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

October 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM | Jackson, NJ | Forest Resource Education Center

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

Public Scholars Project

October 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Ridgefield, NJ | Ridgefield Public Library

Living and Laughing by the Chopsticks-Fork Principle

From a place of delight and good humor, the Chopsticks-Fork Principle encourages people to realize and understand (and laugh about) how we are all at least bi-cultural in a way that shatters stereotypes yet explains the generalizations. The talk is an invitation to first wonder “Can the Tooth Fairy survive the Melting Pot?” “Can you fail or succeed simultaneously in two cultures?” and “What happens when you have a sub-conscious but your (grand)mother doesn’t?” and then to explore how the discussion help listeners re-think their own cultural heritages.

Cathy Bao Bean
Chair, Society for Values in Higher Education

Public Scholars Project

October 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM | New Providence, NJ | New Providence Memorial Library

George Washington Remembers New Jersey

Washington was no stranger to New Jersey. From Trenton to Princeton to Morristown to Monmouth to Middlebrook, (and more), the General spent more time here than in any other state. Join General Washington as he reminisces about his brightest and darkest moments during the battles and encampments of the “Cockpit of the Revolution.” In this session, participants will learn more about New Jersey's role in the American Revolution from the perspective of George Washington.

David Emerson
Historical Interpreter and Storyteller

Public Scholars Project

October 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Southampton, NJ | Southampton Old Towne Hall

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

Grantee Events

October 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

Who Am I? Who Are You?: A Talk on Intersectionality and Privilege

This discussion will provide a closer look into the relationships among intersectionality, subjugation, and privilege and building the foundation for honoring the experience of another.

Public Scholars Project

October 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM | Mays Landing, NJ | Atlantic County Library, Mays Landing Branch

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

October 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Port Norris, NJ | Bayshore Center at Bivalve

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

October 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Manalapan, NJ | Monmouth County Library Headquarters

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

For decades, countless American women fought for the right to vote. But many others—like the costumed fictional Anti-Suffragist portrayed in this program—fought against it. Written by pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe in 1912, this witty, insightful satire sheds light on some of the apparently absurd arguments offered by those opposed to the Suffragist movement. Anti arguments like “If given the ballot, would she destroy civilization by voting with—or by voting against !—her own husband ?” will be explored, while insight about the sociological, historical, and political context informs the arguments against Suffrage.

Michèle LaRue
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

October 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM | Pompton Plains, NJ | Atlantic Health Pavilion

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

NJCH Events

October 15, 2019 - November 16, 2019 | Millville, NJ | Wheaton Arts and Cultural Ctr

Water/Ways @ Wheaton Arts & Culture Center

The Smithsonian Institution's "Water/Ways" exhibition dives into water - an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

Traveling to six New Jersey communities, all shaped by water in different ways, "Water/Ways" will encourage individuals to consider the different ways water impacts every day life.

Grantee Events

October 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

Seeing Gender: A community conversation on gender, race, and media

This interactive community conversation will explore the triumphs and challenges of representation in mainstream media. Participants will be invited to consider their roles as active audience members and the ways in which audiences contribute to the construction of meaning in our media landscape.

Grantee Events

October 15, 2019 at 12:30 PM | Randolph, NJ | County College of Morris

Peace Through Music

Playing for Change: Peace Through Music is a documentary full of hope, struggle, perseverance, and joy. The film documents the PFC initiative, which unites musicians from diverse parts of the world. Their mission is to bring peace to the world through music. Composer David Rimelis will introduce the film.

Public Scholars Project

October 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Manahawkin, NJ | Bay Avenue Community 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

October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Princeton, NJ | Princeton Public Library

From Revolution to Solutions: Informed Cinema & Conversation about Newark

Newark, the largest city in New Jersey, has a complex and rich history. Clips from three acclaimed, award-winning documentaries by filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno – Revolution ’67 (explores the 1967 Newark Riots/Rebellion), The Rule (examines urban school reform using the model of St. Benedict’s Prep), and Rust (investigates solutions to intergenerational poverty including prisoner reentry) – will allow a look at the past, present, and future of Newark. Participants will be able to learn about and discuss the opportunities and challenges of urban environments by examining Newark as a microcosm.

Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno
Filmmakers

NJCH Events

October 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM | Millville, NJ | Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

What is your water story?

The great state of New Jersey is shaped by water, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Raritan River, Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware Bay. Our lives, just like our geography, are shaped by water too. Recreation and travel (ever spent time at the Jersey shore?), water management and delivery infrastructure in our own communities (ever flushed a toilet?), and economic impact and transportation (ever purchased something from overseas?) – just like turning on the kitchen faucet, it’s all a part of our every day.

As part of building a statewide water story archive, NJCH is asking residents to reflect upon and share their perspectives and memories about water. We are hosting these hour-long public discussions in every county of the state (June 2019 – April 2020) to capture stories about the different ways water matters to New Jerseyans. What New Jersey water source or waterway is most meaningful to you? How do you want to preserve such resources for the future? Why? We want to know!

Each community conversation invites participants to share and/or listen and to meaningful memories and experiences of water in New Jersey. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their water story to a statewide public archive documenting personal connections to water and waterways in New Jersey.

Why join the discussion?

- Your voice matters – contribute your water story to the archive for future generations.
- No prior preparation is needed to attend, and all are welcome to share or listen.
- Explore the connective role of water among diverse New Jersey communities.
- We rarely dedicate time and space to dive into dialogue about our most vital resource.
- Documentation of what water sources we value is critical for ensuring their protection.
- Everyone has a water story. What's yours?

What’s your water story? will be hosted in every county in the state between July 2019 and April 2020. For a complete listing of dates and locations, visit njhumanities.org.

Grantee Events

October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

One Book, One Cherry Hill Book Discussion: No Ashes in the Fire

Join us as we discuss No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore.

Grantee Events

October 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

Langston Habanero: Cuba and the Writing of Langston Hughes

Keith Green, PhD, associate professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden and One Book, One Cherry Hill humanities scholar, provides an overview of Langston Hughes’s visits to Cuba and discusses some of the poems that memorialize his interest in the island.

Public Scholars Project

October 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM | Haddonfield, NJ | Tavistock Country Club

New Jersey, Pre & Post Revolution

Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created? Perhaps you’ve wondered about how East and West Jersey came to be? Or you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified? The way the state developed before, during, and after the revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating. In this session, significant topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade, and agricultural on the eve of revolution will be explored.

Jonathan Mercantini, Ph.D.
Acting Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History at Kean University

Grantee Events

October 23, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

One Book, One Cherry Hill Book Discussion: No Ashes in the Fire

Join us as we discuss No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore.

Public Scholars Project

October 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Logan Township, NJ | Gloucester County Library, Logan Township Branch

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

October 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Bridgeton, NJ | Cohansey Cafe

Telling the Story of the Community

Community oral histories provide a way to understand perspectives and experiences from more than voice. How do you record and preserve this type of information in an ethical and accurate way? How do you navigate the roles of the interviewer and interviewee? In this hands-on, guided session, participants will develop themes and questions, conduct practice interviews, and talk about legal and ethical considerations, especially as it pertains to vulnerable populations.

Abigail Perkiss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History at Kean University

Public Scholars Project

October 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Bayville, NJ | Ocean County Library, Berkeley Branch

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

October 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Brigantine, NJ | Atlantic County Library, Brigantine Branch

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

October 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Westfield, NJ | Westfield Senior Citizen Housing Two

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

October 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Ringwood, NJ | Ringwood 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

Grantee Events

October 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

One Book, One Cherry Hill Book Discussion: No Ashes in the Fire

Join us as we discuss No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore.

Public Scholars Project

October 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM | East Brunswick, NJ | East Brunswick Public Library

The Legend of the Jersey Devil

In 1735, Mother Leeds was about to deliver her thirteenth child. Feeling tired and weary of the burden, she cursed the unborn child. According to the folklore, she gave birth to the devil’s child at their home in the Pine Barrens. Today, the tale of Jersey Devil is often discussed as just that – a tale. However, during the time of the fabled Jersey Devil’s reign of terror, South Jersey residents were truly frightened. How the accounts were reported on and the folklore that developed will be discussed during this session.

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

Grantee Events

October 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

The Prevalence of Poverty

Join us as Jeff Wilhelms, Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Rutgers New Brunswick and Vice President, Toms River Area N.A.A.C.P., asks the question - what does the prevalence of poverty and our treatment of the poor tell us about the U.S.?