Current city/town: Trenton, NJ
Title/Affiliation: Board Chair, New Jersey Council for the Humanities
What's the last page-turner biography you read? What podcasts are keeping you going during those long Turnpike commutes? Which poems or novels do you return to over and over when you need a laugh (or a cry)?
We're asking NJCH staff members, trustees, and community partners to contribute thoughts on their favorite humanities-related books, shows, and sounds. We'll be sharing these contributions on the NJCH website and social media as part of a new regular "Humanities Moment" feature, to create community around the humanities content we love here in NJ.
To kick off this feature, we asked Dan Fatton, Chair of NJCH’s Board of Trustees, to share what’s inspiring him this summer. Check out his answers—and stay tuned for more Humanities Moments!
Stamped from the Beginning
"Kendi's history of racist ideas in America is intense and challenging. I'm only halfway through and I find myself taking long breaks from the text, but I think it's an important read, especially for those of us striving to be anti-racist."
Dead End: A NJ Political Murder Mystery
"In June, I binged the Dead End podcast from WNYC. It’s an eight-part investigative series about the unsolved killing of John and Joyce Sheridan in Skillman, NJ, hosted by WNYC Senior Reporter Nancy Solomon.
I actually knew a few of the folks Nancy interviewed; NJ can be a small place. It left me wondering what really happened in the Sheridan tragedy, but it also touched on economic development policy, corruption and more. Highly recommend for anyone involved in NJ policy/politics."
"I recently discovered the Brazilian musician Tiago Iorc. His acoustic album from 2019 is beautiful, and makes for really great background music. Perfect for summer."
Interested in being featured in an NJCH Humanities Moment? Contact Valerie Popp, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tiago Iorc photo By Teca Lamboglia from São Paulo, Brasil - MIX Apresenta | Tom Brasil, CC BY 2.0,