Dialogue in a Time of Fracture – A Rutgers University-Newark 75th Anniversary Event
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2021-2022 marks the 75th Anniversary of Rutgers University-Newark’s designation as a public institution of higher education. In this 75th anniversary, as our nation reckons with deep racial, political, and ideological fracture, our University is once again called upon, as a public, anchor institution, to provide a space for critical conversation that can lead toward understanding, knowledge production, mobilization, and healing.
Dialogue in a Time of Fracture is a series of events at Rutgers University-Newark to engage our entire campus community, aimed at fostering conversation in this time of division. Dialogue events include a two-day symposium, workshops, and rundialogue.rutgers.edu – a digital platform that will help document and extend these conversations.
All events are free and open to the community. Registration is required.
Proof of vaccination is required.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2022
I. Newark & Its University – Part I
Celebrating Rutgers University-Newark’s 75th anniversary as a public institution also means confronting its history of exclusion. In this panel, we reflect on the mobilization that students and activists undertook in the 1960s and 1970s, and that has led the University to become more inclusive and discuss the continued efforts and challenges of ensuring that the University fulfills its mission of serving the public.
As nationwide protests raged in the summer of 2020 following the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police, many believed that our nation was finally experiencing “a moment of racial reckoning.” In this conversation, a panel of race and ethnicity scholars situate the 2020 protests in a historical context and discuss the challenges and possibilities of this political moment for people of color in the United States.
II. Creative Practice, Activism & Dialogue
The City of Newark has a deep history of civil rights activism and socially engaged artistic practice. In this conversation, creative practitioners from different disciplines will discuss their role in both addressing and helping us understand societal fracture, and its potential to create space for voices that need to be heard, and contribute to transformation and reform.
Sponsored by: The Office of the Chancellor, School of Arts & Sciences-Newark, Department of Arts, Culture & Media, Department of Political Science, Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies,Chancellors Commission on Diversity & Transformation, Express Newark, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation