Humanities Connection

From politics and religion to race, education and healthcare, Humanities Connection brings together some of New Jersey’s most fascinating people.

Grantee Spotlight: Alliance Center for Independence and Middlesex County College

Aired: May 28, 2017
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Joining Bob Mann are Alliance Center for Independence Deputy Director Luke Koppisch and Holocaust and Human Rights Center Director Terrence Corrigan.

The Incubation and Action grant program at NJCH provides funding for public humanities projects through a competitive grant process. The Alliance Center for Independence received an Incubation grant for the program – The Holocaust and People with Disabilities.  The Holocaust and Human Rights Center received an Action grant for the program - Bringing Genocide and Human Rights Awareness to the Middlesex County College.

 

 

Grantee Spotlight: Caldwell-West Caldwell School District & Sourland Conservancy

Aired: April 30, 2017
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Joining Bob Mann are Caldwell-West Caldwell School District Superintendent Dr. James Heinegg and Sourland Conservancy Executive Director Caroline Katmann.

The Incubation and Action grant program at NJCH provides funding for public humanities projects through a competitive grant process.  Caldwell-West Caldwell School District received an Incubation grant to pilot an event series that examines environmental humanities.  Sourland Conservancy received an Action grant to support their Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum project.

 

 

Grantee Spotlight: Scotch Plains Public Library & Visual Arts of Center of New Jersey

Aired: March 26, 2017
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Joining Bob Mann are Scotch Plains Public Library  Librarian Pam Brooks and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Director of Education and Community Engagement Sarah Walko.

The Incubation and Action grant program at NJCH provides funding for public humanities projects through a competitive grant process.  Scotch Plains Public Library received an Incubation grant for the Voices from the Margin: Connecting our Stories program.  The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey received an Incubation grant for museum education resource development.   Both guests talk with host Bob Mann about their respective organizations and how they serve the community.

 

 

Grantee Spotlight: Atlantic Health System & Newark Museum

Aired: February 26, 2017
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Joining Bob Mann are Atlantic Health System Healing Workshop Project Manager Lauren Medici and Newark Museum Deputy Director of Engagement and Innovation Sonnet Takahisa.

The Incubation and Action grant program at NJCH provides funding for public humanities projects through a competitive grant process.  Atlantic Health System received an Incubation grant for a Healing Voices workshop.  The results of this workshop were showcased in a performance.  The Newark Museum received an Action grant for the  re-installation of the “Native Artists of North America” exhibition, which is part of the permanent collection at the museum.

 

 

Grantee Spotlight: George Street Playhouse production of “American Son”

Aired: January 29, 2017
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Joining Bob Mann is George Street Playhouse Director of Education and Outreach Jim Jack for a discussion of the production of “American Son”.

Written by Christopher Demos-Brown “American Son” is the story of an estranged couple that are called to the police station after their teenage son is detained.  The play has been described as a highly-charged drama.  It explores assumptions and sparks conversations about race and similar events that have occurred across the country.

 

Envisioning New Jersey

Aired: November 27, 2016
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Joining Bob Mann are authors Maxine N. Lurie and Richard F. Veit, two leading authorities on New Jersey history.  Lurie and Veit compiled Envisioning New Jersey, a book that explores 650 spectacular images that illuminate the course of the state’s history, from prehistoric times to the present. Readers may think they know New Jersey’s history—the state’s increasing diversity, industrialization, and suburbanization—but the visual record presented here dramatically deepens and enriches that knowledge.

 

Highland Park African American History Project

Aired: September 25, 2016
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Joining Bob Mann is director and producer John Hulme and Andrew Urban, Assistant Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, for a discussion of the Highland Park African American History Project.

NJCH recently awarded Who Is My Neighbor? an Incubation Grant for an oral history project on Highland Park’s African American Community that will serve as a pilot program for a digital storytelling curriculum. Created in conjunction with Highland Park High School, students are receiving instruction on how to conduct ethnographic/historical research and in audio/video production and postproduction.

 

The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor

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Aired: April 24, 2016

Joining Bob Mann is author Jonathan Rose, to discuss The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor, winner of the 2016 NJCH Scholarly Humanities Book Award.

The Literary Churchill uses Churchill’s career as a best-selling author to explore his actions as a statesman. Award committee members called the book “splendid,” and praised its insight into the man and his times. Dr. Rose is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History at Drew University and a past NJCH Book Award winner.

To learn more and to order visit Yale University Press.

 
 
 
 

Among the Ruins: Syria Past & Present

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Aired: March 27, 2016

Joining Bob Mann is author Christian C. Sahner, to discuss Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present, winner of the 2016 NJCH Popular Humanities Book Award.

Timely and accessible, Among the Ruins illuminates the current civil war in Syria by exploring the country’s long history, including the rise of Christianity, the arrival of Islam, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and the emergence of sectarianism. Christian Sahner joins this history to an account of his personal travels in the region, resulting in a compelling blend of history and memoir.

To learn more and to order visit Oxford University Press.

 
 
 

From Ukraine to New Jersey: Louis Lozowick’s Prints of America and American Life

Aired: January 31, 2016

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Louis Lozowick, Queensboro Bridge, lithograph, 1930, courtesy estate of Louis Lozowick and Mary Ryan Gallery.

Louis Lozowick was an American painter and printmaker who lived in South Orange and incorporated local urban and industrial landscapes and scenes of work into his art. Lozowick’s work was recently featured at an exhibition at Seton Hall University.

Joining Bob Mann to discuss the life and work of Lozowick is Dr. Helen Langa, Associate Professor of Art History at American University, Dr.Petra Chu, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Seton Hall Univeristy, and exhibit curator Taylor Curtis.

To learn more about Lozowick and to examine the archives visit From Ukraine to New Jersey.

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