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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

November 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM | Morristown, NJ | Morris Museum

Legacy of Surveillance: Karl Marx City

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to her hometown of Karl Marx City to find the truth about her father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Event: Screening of Epperlein's film, KARL MARX CITY, and director Q&A.

Public Scholars Project

November 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Mahwah, NJ | Mahwah Public Library

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

November 4, 2019 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

Grantee Events

November 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Cherry Hill, NJ | Cherry Hill Public Library

An Evening with Darnell L. Moore

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED. PLEASE CONTACT CHERRY HILL LIBRARY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Award-winning author Darnell L. Moore joins us to discuss his novel, the One Book, One Cherry Hill selection No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. Conversation will be moderated by Dr. Keith Green, associate professor of English and director of Africana Studies at Rutgers-Camden.

Public Scholars Project

November 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Chester, NJ | Chester Public Library

Walt Whitman: "The Good Grey Poet"

Whitman sought to create “a new gospel of beauty”: a uniquely American voice. He escaped the Classic Structures demanded of verse, and gave us the free form voice that has become standard today. Whitman, a volunteer in military hospitals during the civil war, mourned the assassination of President Lincoln with the well-known “Oh Captain! My Captain!” His last days were spent in Camden, NJ and in his refuge in nature at the Stafford Farm and Timber Creek.

David Scott Taylor
First Person Interpreter

Public Scholars Project

November 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Spotswood, NJ | Spotswood Office on Aging and Senior Resource Center

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

NJCH Events

November 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Woodstown, NJ | Friends Village

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

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

Native American Stories of the Lenape

Rob Aptaker has been telling Native American stories teaching programs on pre-colonial Lenni Lenape life for over 25 years. More than just a storyteller, he provides context, shares information about the tribal nation, and honors the lineage of those who carried the story to the present day.

Public Scholars Project

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

Immigrant State: Jersey’s Influential Gate

New Jersey has a big story about immigration, packed into a small state. Many may not immediately think of New Jersey, but it is a gateway state that holds an important part of America’s immigration history. Immigrant histories in Jersey have been and continue to be distinct by region and in comparison to the rest of the country. Considering and learning more about what this means can lead to more informed communities. Through the examination of film clips, texts, and media coverage, participants will have a candid discussion about issues that are being examined and debated, nationally and in local communities, by many today.

Carlos Ulises Decena, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University

Public Scholars Project

November 8, 2019 at 1:00 PM | Rivervale, NJ | River Vale Free 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

November 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Woodbury, NJ | Polsky's Corner

Woodbury LGBTQ Film Festival

Join us for an evening of international queer films celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Each of the films is curated from around the world by Krissy Mahan and Patricia Silva of Feminist Film Workshops.

Reception begins at 7pm. Films begin promptly at 8pm.

FREE. Registration required - seating is limited. Accessible venue.

Grantee Events

November 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Woodbury, NJ | Polsky's Corner

Woodbury LGBTQ Film Festival

An evening of international queer films highlighting the diversity of the LGBTQ community.

Public Scholars Project

November 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Surf City, NJ | Ocean County Library, Long Beach Island 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

Public Scholars Project

November 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM | West Caldwell, NJ | West Caldwell Public Library

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

November 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Waretown, NJ | Ocean County Library, Waretown Branch

Conserving & Preserving in New Jersey

In many instances, efforts to conserve and preserve start because of community members that develop awareness of a place, objects, or a situation that may need protection. Key components of conservation and preservation are education, advocacy, and stewardship. Through the lens of the community work done with the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation, including a look at the relevant New Jersey history and significance of the land, participants will learn about how grassroots efforts can be impactful and engage in discussions about links between environmental and cultural resources.

Judith Joan Sullivan, Esq.
Chair and Founder, Sullivan Law and Government Affairs Firm

Grantee Events

November 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Rockaway, NJ | Rockaway Township Free Public Library

War, Peace, & Literature

Join Dr. Geoff Peck, assistant professor at CCM, for a one-hour lecture on the connections of war, peace, and literature. One text that will be mentioned is THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien. Co-sponsor: English & Philosophy Department at CCM.

Public Scholars Project

November 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Sewell, NJ | Margaret E Heggan Free Public Library

What’s all this about “fake news”?

The web creates an ideal environment for news and other content to spread like wildfire. Propaganda has existed as long as language itself; and yet “fake news” seems somehow different. Is it? The digital world has changed how we give and receive information. But how do we track the origin and assess the legitimacy of the information that we receive? In order to effectively read and evaluate sources, we can develop awareness about how they reach us and how we read them. In this session, participants will examine fake news and ways to evaluate the kinds of sites, technologies, and processes that participate in circulating falsehoods online.

Jason Luther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Writing Arts, Rowan University

Public Scholars Project

November 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Pompton Plains, NJ | Pequannock Township Public Library

Questioning the Questions of the US Census

How much thought have you given to the Census? While most people are aware that the US government conducts a census every ten years, many people do not consider the relationship between the census and race in the US. If you want to become better equipped to understand the 2020 census, especially the addition of a citizenship question, understanding the way that census questions about race have upheld white supremacy for over two centuries is crucial. This history can give you the framework to consider if or how the census can be used for justice in the future.

Karen Gaffney, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Raritan Valley Community College

Public Scholars Project

November 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM | East Rutherford, NJ | East Rutherford 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

Public Scholars Project

November 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Mendham Twsp, NJ | Mendham Township 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

Grantee Events

November 14, 2019 at 12:30 PM | Randolph, NJ | County College of Morris

Performing Change

Wafaa Bilal, an arts professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, will discuss the evolution of his work and reflect on personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States.

Public Scholars Project

November 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Howell, NJ | Monmouth County Library, Howell Township Branch

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: Preservation and Grace, an 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

November 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM | South Plainfield, NJ | South Plainfield Public Library

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

Public Scholars Project

November 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Bogota, NJ | Bogota Public Library

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

Public Scholars Project

November 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Madison, NJ | Madison Public Library

Learning New Jersey…One Building at a Time

Sometimes when we “see” something all the time, we don’t really see it. What have you noticed about the built environment around you lately? In the Garden State, ranging across 21 counties and five centuries, from pre-European settlement to post-industrial reinvention, from log cabins and lighthouses, to highways, diners, and tract houses, we are literally surrounded by a unique and historically significant landscapes. In this session, while examining images of NJ buildings, participants will consider different aspects – aesthetics, cultural and economic perspectives, and values and meaning – to develop skills for reading everyday landscapes in order to better understand community and place and why they matter.

Gabrielle Esperdy, Ph.D.
Professor & Historian

Grant Deadlines

November 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM | Woodbury, NJ |

Planning for 2020: Applying for a NJCH Grant

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/njch-workshop-planning-for-2020-applying-for-a-njch-grant-tickets-76053751819

This workshop will be held at the Gloucester County Historical Society.

Grant applications are always competitive, and NJCH is no exception. This workshop will help you learn more about the mission of NJCH and public humanities programming. An overview of the Incubation and Action Grant program will also be provided.

NJCH Events

November 25, 2019 - January 6, 2020 | North Cape May, NJ | Delaware River & Bay Authority @ Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Water/Ways @ NJ Audubon & DRBA

This exhibition effort is a joint partnership between the NJ Audubon, Nature Center of Cape May and the DRBA, Cape May Ferry Terminal

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.

Public Scholars Project

November 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM | Scotch Plains, NJ | Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club

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