RU-Newark’s Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium,“HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives”


Only two more days until RU-Newark’s Annual Women’s & Gender Studies Symposium,“HIV/AIDS at 35: Local and Global Perspectives.” The Symposium will be held THIS WEDNESDAY, March 2nd, from 9:30am-3:45pm. It promises to be a very exciting event! Don’t miss it!

This event, which includes breakfast and lunch, is FREE and OPEN TO ALL!
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TODAY: Black Lives Matter Event at Newark Public Library

TODAY come to the Newark Public Library for an important #BlackLivesMatter event. 

Queer Newark will be there!


Dr. Hanaa A. Hamdi, Moderator

Newark Public Library – Centennial Hall & 4th Floor Auditorium

5 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

12 Noon ~ 4:00 PM

The panel discussion (moderated by Dr. Hanaa A. Handi (r), Director, Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness) focuses on a topic that has emerged as one of the most important issues relative to the African American community. This panel will discuss the #BlackLivesMatter movement from the perspective of community activists and social service practitioners, addressing such topics as violence as a health crisis, the role of the media, the arts and recreation, incarceration, poverty, education and other pertinent areas.

Panelists will outline the challenges and offer solutions in their respective areas that will serve as “action steps” for attendees. This event will also feature exhibitors from social service agencies who will distribute information about their programs and services to the Greater-Newark community.

Oral Histories:
Newark elders will be invited to the 4th floor auditorium before the panel discussion, to document their experiences in the city which will be recorded by the Newark Chapter of the NAACP.

February 20th The Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series will be at Rutgers-Newark!

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“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.

Long Time Here: Prisons and Policing in African-American History will emphasize, as MTW traditionally does, the ways that history helps illuminate our contemporary world. Ruth Wilson Gilmore, cofounder of Critical Resistance, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, and professor at the CUNY Graduate Center will give the MTW keynote lecture. Two other lectures will be given by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America; and Heather Ann Thompson, professor at the University of Michigan and author of the forthcoming Blood in the Water: The Attica Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

MTW will also celebrate Newark’s 350th with a panel discussion on the history of police reform in Newark, featuring Newark Mayor Ras Baraka; Junius Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University-Newark and chairman of Newark Celebration 350; Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress; and Deborah Jacobs, former director of the ACLU, New Jersey.

Following the conference, MTW attendees are invited to a reception at the Newark Museum that will feature live musical entertainment by The Bradford Hayes Trio.”

All events are FREE and open to the public. 

To find out more information: CLICK HERE

Timothy Stewart-Winter goes Beyond Stonewall

In his article in Slate, Queer Newark’s own Professor Timothy Stewart-Winter asks, “How does gay history look different when we examine it in a city not strongly associated with homosexuality?”

He writes,

“In 1970, gay activists in Chicago achieved a surprising victory. They successfully pressured the owners of the city’s biggest gay bars to drop their policy of throwing out any same-sex couple that danced together. And they couldn’t have done it without a little help from the Black Muslims—or at least their insurance agent.

Just boycott the gays bars for one night, the activists urged their fellow citizens. “Come to the Liberation Dance at the Coliseum and see what it’s like to do your thing in public,” read the flyers. It was a bold strategy, but there was a problem: The venue required an insurance policy, and every insurance agent the organizers approached said the risk was too great that the police would raid the dance, cart the attendees off to jail, and levy fines. Only on the day before the dance did the activists find a broker who’d sell them a policy—a black man whose company had insured the Nation of Islam’s annual convention at the same venue several weeks earlier.

In my work as an historian of gay American life, nothing I had read about gay liberation prepared me for this story.”

To read the rest of his article on Slate, click HERE

Timothy Stewart-Winter also has a new book on Amazon: Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics (Politics and Culture in Modern America)

The Other World – Newark disco

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Check out this March 1975 advertisement from “Hold Hands” (the Gay Activist Alliance of New Jersey newsletter) featuring The Other World disco!
The ad claims The Other World, which was located at 390 N. 5th Street in Newark, is the “gayest gay bar” in NJ. And don’t forget to take note of the light show and waterbed!
Does anyone have any fun memories of this place? Let us know in the comments!

Oral History Workshop

Big thank you to Svetlana Kitto and everyone who came out to our oral history workshop today! 

Below is a beautiful quote Svetlana shared with us,

“I remember sitting in Santino Cappanera’s parlor in Terni, taping an interview about his life as a steelworker and political activist. His teenage daughter was in the next room doing her homework. After twenty minutes, she had moved her chair to the hall, outside the parlor; a little while later, she was standing by the door; about one hour into the interview, she came and sat next to us listening…Her father’s boring anecdotes were becoming ‘history’ before her eyes.” 

-From “Oral History as Genre” in Narrative and Genre