News & Events

  • September 28, 2017

    In a discussion of his new book The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein makes the case that our federal, state, and local governments shoulder even greater blame. They adopted laws and policies that promoted or facilitated discrimination for decades, sanctioning segregated public housing and demolishing integrated neighborhoods.

  • July 06, 2017

    Award-winning journalist, author, and television personality Clay Cane will discuss his book Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race on October 19, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Dana Room, Dana Library. Free and open to all. RSVP required at

  • January 30, 2017

    Join us on February 16, 2017 at 6PM in the Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, as Dorothy Wang explores the possible factors (primarily race) that account for the divergent reception of poets Amiri Baraka and Ed Dorn in American literary history. For more information and to register visit

  • January 24, 2017

    Join us on February 27, 2017 at 6PM in the Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library for a screening of Changing Face of Harlem, a documatary that examines the revitalization of Harlem. For more information and to register visit

  • November 14, 2016

    Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s films will be screened this week in advance of a talk on Thursday, November 17, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rm 255, from 4-7PM.

  • November 03, 2016

    Join us on December 3, 2016 from 1-4pm at the Newark Museum for an afternoon of short films, stage-actor readings, and performances that reflect the voices of Muslims in Newark. For more information and to register visit

  • November 02, 2016

    Join us on November 7 from 6:30-8:30pm at Gallery Aferro, for a reading of selections from and a discussion of the late Henry Dumas's influential short story "Ark of Bones" and his other works, with writers and critics Evie Shockley and Carter Mathes and John Keene. This special event is free and open to all. A reception will follow the reading. Registration required.

  • October 14, 2016

    Join us on October 27 in the Dana Room, Dana Library as Director Jules D. Bartkowski screens and discusses his directorial debut film, Pastor Paul, which explores the confluence of New African Cinema, Christianity, and Witchcraft.

  • August 26, 2016

    The symposium, “Conflict, Encounter, and Interfaith Dialogue in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” will bring together scholars across disciplines to present work that showcases the breadth of exciting scholarship in this area and to generate dialogue across disciplines. Join us on October 26 from 2:30-5:30pm in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center.

  • August 26, 2016

    Rutgers University-Newark is turning 50! Come join us to celebrate the design, construction and history of the Rutgers University-Newark campus between 1965-1970, with a year-long series of events.

  • August 26, 2016

    Join Yoland Skeete-Laessig, a Multimedia Artist, Documentarian, Arts Instructor, and author of When Newark Had a Chinatown: My Personal Journey, on September 26, 2016 from 2:30-4:00pm in the Dana Room for a talk and discussion about her work. Register at

  • July 22, 2016

    Join MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder on Thursday, October 13 at 6pm in the Dana Room, 4th floor of Dana Library, as he discusses the history of Rutgers University and its role in the development of pre- and post-Revolutionary American culture and society.

    Registration required.

  • May 11, 2016

    Join Clay Cane on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, rooms 255-57, as he presents a special screening of "Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church" and discussion afterwards.

  • April 06, 2016

    Speakers Ilyasah Shabazz (the daughter of Malcolm X) and Imam Amin Muhammed will give a talk on the legacy of Malcolm X on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6 pm in the Essex Room, Paul Robseon Campus Center.

  • April 03, 2016

    Rutgers Day is a free, family-friendly event! Visit the department's table for "#blackpeoplebelike: The Importance of Black Studies in the Twenty-First Century," an exhibit of past students' work and presentations that discuss the importance of the black narrative to teaching social justice and tolerance in the 21st century.

  • April 03, 2016

    Brown University's Professor Anthony Bogues will discuss "Reframing History and Archives: Towards an Alternative Public Humanities" on April 11 at 3:30pm in the Paul Robeson Main Gallery. Free and open to all.

  • February 19, 2016

    Panels will examine the crisis from local, national, and global perspectives, through the lenses of history, politics, health care, and community organizing. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to drop in for any or all of the program, which features speakers from the academy and beyond.

  • January 22, 2016

    Join Aimee Cox on Thursday, March 10 at 6pm in the Dana Room of John Cotton Dana Library, as she gives a voice to young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter as they contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence.

  • January 11, 2016

    Issues of policing and incarceration – both locally and nationally - will be in sharp focus as the thirty-sixth annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series (MTW) invites a wide-ranging discussion of the historical developments that have brought us to events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, and so many other American towns. The annual Black History Month conference will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Rutgers University-Newark.

  • January 08, 2016

    In the tradition of a signifying protest groove comes Heroes are Gang Leaders, a groups of poets and musicians formed by Thomas Sayers Ellis, and his frequent collaborator, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. This is in honor of Amiri Baraka -- to resurrect the matrimony of Black Literay Art and Music as medicine, battle cry, dirge, and the struggle for pleasure. Join us on Saturday, Februrary 6, 2016 at 7PM in the Bradley Hall Theatre, Bradley Hall.