The following events took place during Rutgers' 250th Anniversary commemoration held November 10, 2015, through November 10, 2016. Watch the documentary that chronicles the yearlong celebration at 250.rutgers.edu/250documentary.
Stop by and take a photo with the monument. You can find the monument at the Engineering Quad Area near the Science and Engineering Resource Center on the Busch Campus in New Brunswick. And, don't forget to post your photo to Instagram, Twitter, and Rutgers Facebook page using #Rutgers250. This summer, look for the monument at the Livingston Campus. | Location: Engineering Quad Area, Busch Campus, 118 Frelinghuysen Road (approximate address), New Brunswick, NJ.
Join in the Silent March in Protest of Anti-Black Racism and Violence followed by a production of Robert Miller’s original play, "Running Late." This event is sponsored by Rutgers University–Camden, Department of Africana Studies. | Location: The march begins on the steps of Paul Robeson Library, 300 North Fourth Street, Camden, NJ, with a performance in Walter K. Gordon Theater, 314 Linden Street, Camden, NJ.
27th Annual State Constitutional Law Lecture: “Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage”
Mary Bonauto, who successfully argued for marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court in the historic case of Obergefell v. Hodges, will serve as the speaker during the 27th Annual State Constitutional Law Lecture at Rutgers Law School.
The Shikes Fellow in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Lecturer at Harvard Law School, Bonauto is the long-serving Civil Rights Project Director for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Rutgers University Law Review and the Rutgers University–Camden Center for State Constitutional Studies. | Location: Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn Street, Multipurpose Room, Camden, NJ.
Enjoy the sounds of the saxophonist Jerry Weldon and his group, peruse the HereNow interactive exhibit, and enjoy complimentary refreshments during First Tuesdays Art After Hours at the Zimmerli Art Museum on February 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.The event is free.
The Latin@ Studies Working Group, as part of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese lecture series, welcomes professor of history at New York University Ada Ferrer for a lecture on “Direct Flight: Havana–Newark.” The event is free and open to the public. | Location: John Cotton Dana Library, in the Dana Room, 4th floor, 185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ.
In honor of Rutgers 250 and the City of Newark's 350th Anniversary, join the Latin@ Studies Working Group—cosponsors the Newark Public Library, Clement Price Institute, and John Cotton Dana Library—to celebrate “Newark '74: Remembering the Puerto Rican Riots–An Unexamined History.” Photographs and other historical materials documenting the Puerto Rican protests of 1974 will be on display at Dana Library from February 3–March 2, with key photographs on display through September 1. A reception will feature remarks by retired professor of history Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim about teaching Puerto Rican history at Rutgers University–Newark. This event is free and open to the public. | Location: John Cotton Dana Library, in the Dana Room, 4th floor, 185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ.
Join the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University–Newark for a free concert entitled Getting Less & Less Safe Out Here: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka presented by Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a group of poets and musicians.
This free concert is one of the kickoff events to begin the department's Black History Month celebration. In the tradition of a signifying protest groove comes Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a group of poets and musicians formed by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, and his frequent collaborator saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. In honor of Amiri Baraka, the event will resurrect the matrimony of black literary art and music as medicine, battle cry, dirge, and the struggle for pleasure. Their style has many mothers, many fathers, and none—combining jazz, groove, black hollerin’ and extensions of paged and oral literary text by Gwendolyn Brooks, Bob Kaufman, and Amiri Baraka featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis, James Brandon Lewis, Larkin Grimm, Randall Horton, Janice Lowe, Luke Stewart, Margaret Morris, Ryan Frazier, Ailish Hopper, Brandon Moses, Devin Brahja Waldman and Warren "Trae" Crudup. | Location: Bradley Hall Theatre, 110 Warren Street, Newark, NJ
Join the Rutgers University–Camden Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program for Writers in Camden, a workshop and reading featuring authors Meghan Daum and Paul Lisicky. The workshop begins at 3 p.m. and the reading begins at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
Daum is the author of four books, most recently The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction. Lisicky is the author of five books including Famous Builder, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, just published by Graywolf Press. He is an assistant professor in the English Department and MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University–Camden, where he serves as editor of StoryQuarterly. | Location: The workshop will be held in Camden Fine Arts Building, Room 221, 314 Linden Street, Camden, NJ. The reading will be held at Camden Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ.
Hosted by the office of Student Access and Educational Equity (SAEE), Access Week connects students with activities and events that promote the values of access, partnership, inclusively, and progressive thinking.
- February 15, 8:30–2:30 p.m.: Access Week kicks off with the “I AM COLLEGE BOUND: College Fair and Youth Summit” hosted by the Upward Bound Program. | Location: Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, New Brunswick, NJ. | Learn more
- February 17, 10 a.m.: Kathleen Cushman, an educational writer and researcher will provide a keynote address on tested and proven pedagogy that serves underrepresented student populations, as well as all students. | Location: College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
- February 19: To celebrate National TRIO Day, Rutgers undergraduates will read to elementary students in Plainfield, NJ.
- February 20: Attend the scholarship walk commemorating the founding director of Upward Bound Bernard Fein. Proceeds from the walk will be used to provide book and tuition support for graduating high school seniors. | Location: Livingston Campus
Join the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Africana Studies as it celebrates Black History Month with a film screening of The State of Africa and panel discussion. The panel discussion will focus on Black Gold, Nick and Mark Francis’s award-winning documentary, about the human and material costs of producing and distributing Ethiopian coffee within the global economy. Panelists include Israel Mansaray, Rutgers University–Camden student-activist; Benjamin Talton, associate professor of history at Temple University; Lee Cassanelli, professor of history, University of Pennsylvania. | Location: Paul Robeson Library, Room 401 Penn, 300 N. 4th Street, Camden, NJ.