Listen to Professor Whit Strub’s interview with Tom Hayden about Carl Wittman and Newark!


While sitting in a weird hotel room in Culver City in 2014, Professor Whit Strub interviewed Tom Hayden about Carl Wittman and Newark. Click HERE to listen to it!

“Tom Hayden (1939-2016) was a major figure in the New Left of the 1960s. A young white man from Michigan, he was physically attacked by racist white Southerners when he accompanied the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on “freedom rides” in the South. He was also an early leader of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the flagshiporganization of the student left and anti-war movement. As the author of the famous 1962 SDS Port Huron Statement, he spoke for white middle-class activists, with the opening line, “We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit.”

Hayden was a straight man, but his importance to Queer Newark history stems from his fraught relationship with Carl Wittman, a gay man with whom Hayden co-authored the important 1963 SDS policy paper “An Interracial Movement of the Poor.”

Listen to our newest oral history interview with Burley Tuggle!

Check out our latest oral history interview with entrepreneur Burley Tuggle! She is a partner and one of the founding members of The Artisan Collective, a beautiful store at 25 Halsey St. Burley is also an outstanding sommelier. Every month on the first Wednesday she hosts an incredibly fun wine tasting at the store!

“There are all these incubators out here, but with the Artisan Collective, we created our own business model where we said, ‘You know what? We’re going to be five women. We are intergenerational. We have five different concepts, right, but we’re going to do all of this together under one roof.'” – Burley Tuggle

Click HERE to listen!

Spring 2017 History Teach-in Schedule at Rutgers-Newark


Spring 2017 History Teach-in Schedule. All teach-ins will be held in the Esterly Lounge, Engelhard Hall, room 202. Free and open to all. (Like the Facebook page:

Friday, January 2011:45am-1:45pm: Presidential Power with Brian Phillips Murphy
Join us for our inaugural History Department Teach-in of 2017. We will watch live as Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States of America. Following the inauguration, Professor Brian Phillips Murphy will lead a teach-in about what powers have just been transferred and what the modern presidency has become. Attendees are welcome to join for any and all of the event.

Tuesday, January 241:00-2:00pm: Building Walls with Kornel Chang, Jason Cortes, Sadia Abbas, and Tim Raphael
During the election, the president-elect spoke about building walls and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants. Join us for a discussion on undocumented immigration, as faculty panelists speak on the past, present, and possible future of U.S. immigration policy and how it might impact our communities.

Wednesday, February 82:30-3:30pm: Nazis and Demagogues with Eva Giloi
Racism, demagoguery, intimidation, scapegoating, exploiting discontent: these were the obvious tactics the Nazis used to gain power. But they also used more cunning, institutional methods to hold on to power, from manipulating the legal system to gaining control of people’s daily lives. Join us for a discussion about what we can learn from how the Nazis and other demagogues seized and maintained power.

Tuesday, February 281:00-2:00pm: White Backlash with Mark Krasovic and Kyle Riismandel
Much has been made of the role of white racial resentment in the recent presidential election. This entry in the teach-in series seeks to place this political phenomenon in a longer story of American racial politics, with a particular focus on the conservative ascendancy of the late twentieth century.

Special note
. The Documenting Hate in Greater Newark Project was created to make sure that hateful incidents of intimidation, harassment, and verbal or physical abuse are not lost to history; to better understand the frequency and nature of such incidents; and to help end them. If you or anyone in our community have incidents to report, please visit

Congratulations to Alicia Heath-Toby!

The Queer Newark Oral History Project congratulates Alicia Heath-Toby on completing her term as board chair at the Newark LGBTQ Community Center, where she continued her decades of activism and community work for LGBTQ rights and dignity. Alicia has done so much in her life, from frontline work in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, to supporting her faith community at the Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church, and also playing a lead role in the fight for marriage equality in New Jersey. We are honored to include her among our interviews, and you can listen to her share her life story here:
Congratulations, Alicia, and thank you for all that you’ve accomplished!

Opening Reception Thursday! “From Rebellion to Review Board: Fighting For Police Accountability in Newark”

15304081_1320335047997921_7055836983396757173_oCome join us for the opening reception of an important new exhibit, THURSDAY December 15, 2016 from 6-8pm: “From Rebellion to Review Board: Fighting For Police Accountability in Newark”

In 2016, Newark’s city council created its first civilian complaint review board with oversight over the police. This act was the culmination of more than fifty years of work by community members and organizations in the city who repeatedly demanded a review board in the face of police misconduct.

From Rebellion to Review Board tells the story of African American, Puerto Rican, and LGBTQ activists’ struggles against police misconduct and political disenfranchisement to claim power in Newark. Why did it take so long? How did differences within and between these communities help and hurt these efforts? What can we learn from this history to make a more just and equitable Newark today?

A companion exhibit, Acción Latina: Protesta y Transformación Socio-cultural en NuevaJersey, examines the forgotten Latinx riots that took place in four New Jersey towns in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibit will be in Spanish.

Join us at the opening reception to see the exhibits, meet the graduate and undergraduate students who created them, and learn more about this important history.

RSVP here:

Exhibit Opening:
December 15, 2016
Centennial Hall
Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101-0630
(973) 733-7784

Exhibit on Display:
December 15, 2016 – February 3, 2017

Contact: Mary Rizzo, or 973-353-1166

Support provided by:
American Studies Program at Rutgers University-Newark
Cultural Programming Grant, Rutgers University-Newark
The Newark Public Library