Humanities Connection

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

A Chance to Win

Aired: October 26, 2014

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When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark’s rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. In this episode Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jonathan Schuppe discuss his book A Chance to Win, winner of the NJ350 History and Culture Book Award, which tells the story of Mason and his team, both on and off the field.

The 1964 Paterson Riot: Three Days That Changed a City

Aired: September 28, 2014

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2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The 1964 Paterson Riot, at a time when the nation is again re-examining its racial legacy and history of conflict. Over three days in 1964, August 11-13, an inner city neighborhood in Paterson, NJ was torn by violence. In this episode authors George Lipsitz and Richard Polton discuss their new book The 1964 Paterson Riot: Three Days That Changed a City, which argues that in order to understand those events, the Paterson of 1964 has to be explored.

Interview with NJCH Executive Director Briann Greenfield

Aired: July 1, 2014
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Briann Greenfield, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, talks about her background and moving to New Jersey, gives a definition for the term humanities, and explains how people can seek support from NJCH.

Legacy of 1967 and 1974 Newark Riots

Michelle Chase, Exhibit Director of Newark 1974: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots at Bloomfield College, and Yesenia Lopez, Project Archivist at the NJ Hispanic Research & Information Center at the Newark Public Library, discuss the legacy of the 1967 and 1974 Newark Riots and the future of the exhibit currently at Bloomfield College.

Legacy of 1967 and 1974 Newark Riots

Start of New Jersey

Michael Aaron Rockland, Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, and Sara Cureton, Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission, explain why 1664 is considered the start New Jersey.

Start of New Jersey

Hotbed of Innovation

Sara Cureton, Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission, discusses the different ways New Jersey has been and continues to be a hotbed of innovation.

Hotbed of Innovation

Oral History

Claudia Ocello, President and CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, explains how oral history contributes so much to our understanding of the past.

Oral History

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