Image: An abstract portrait of Gurmail, a gas jockey in New Jersey from Ambala, India. c/o Ed Kashi
Who We Are
Newest Americans is a multimedia laboratory where visual storytellers, journalists and artists collaborate with academics and students to document the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation. Based in Newark, NJ—a city shaped by migration—the project also explores the ways the history of the city informs these contemporary immigrant stories. The project cross-pollinates academic inquiry, public humanities programming, and award-winning media production to generate fresh narratives and insights about our (im)migrant past and our demographic future.
Newest Americans is produced by the Rutgers Center for Migration and the Global City in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes Media.
What We Do
Newest Americans produces a multimedia digital magazine (visit the website), gallery and museum exhibits, and public humanities programming. Our work has been screened at film and photography festivals and featured in national print and online publications including National Geographic, Mother Jones and the New York Times. Our branded web page on The Atlantic features our curated video series State of Migration.
Newest American also develops high school and college curriculum utilizing the media we produce. The curriculum promotes project-based, civically engaged learning and provides tools for students to research the histories of their own communities, and to share their findings in a wide variety of artistic and documentary mediums.