Arts and Entertainment

Paul Robeson, A Chautauqua

Mr. Jefferson brings the life of Paul Robeson alive through first-person historical characterization. Robeson, one of the most well known African-Americans of the 20th century, was a renaissance man, a social activist, scholar, intellectual, lawyer, All-American athlete, singer, linguist, humanist, and advocate for international peace.

Marvin Jefferson
Actor, Director, Educator

Program available in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties.

Suburbia: The Paradise Lost of the Silver Screen

This presentation focuses on how motion pictures have depicted suburban life in the 20th century. In addition, the presenter will illustrate how the “dream” of suburban life has changed over time – both in real life and on the silver screen.

Philip C. Dolce, Ph.D.
Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Professor of History at Bergen Community College

Program available in Bergen county. This program requires a computer projector.

Crime and Justice in Suburbia: The Motion Picture Version

This presentation focuses on types of crimes that motion pictures depict in American suburbs and the various punishments meted out for these crimes. Issues of class, race, and gender are discussed. The role of suburban law enforcement, as portrayed by motion pictures, will also be presented.

Philip C. Dolce, Ph.D.
Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Professor of History at Bergen Community College

Program available in Bergen county. This program requires a computer projector.

Strangers in Suburbia: Race, Class and Ethnicity in Suburban Motion Pictures

This presentation contrasts the mainstream Hollywood image of suburbia – a privileged environment for upper-middle and upper-class Americans – with those few films dealing with blue collar families, white ethnic groups, and Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans. In addition, the discussion examines why filmmakers’ favorite suburban “outsiders” are creatures such as E.T.

Philip C. Dolce, Ph.D.
Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Professor of History at Bergen Community College

Program available in Bergen county. This program requires a computer projector.

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