Podcasting Workshop

Space is filling quickly. Please register at https://qnohppodcastingworkshop.eventbrite.com if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided.

The Queer Newark Oral History Project will be hosting a special podcast workshop with Molly Graham on Thursday, December 8th at 1pm in Conklin Hall 324. This workshop will be a useful tutorial for anyone looking to start a podcast on any subject; style, script writing, narrating techniques as well as the technical aspects of editing, hosting, iTunes, and equipment will be discussed. It may be particularly beneficial for oral historians who want to create a podcast to complement their work in the field.

Podcasting Workshop
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1pm

Conklin Hall, Room 324
(History Conference Room)
RSVP by Monday, December 5thhttps://qnohppodcastingworkshop.eventbrite.com (seating is limited)

Molly Graham is an oral historian, documentary radio producer and archivist with field experience in Massachusetts, Maine and the Midwest. She attended Bates College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine, where she’s from. Molly produced an award winning radio documentary called “Besides Life Here,” which was licensed by several NPR affiliates.  She earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in Boston.  After Simmons, she worked as the oral historian for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, transitioning the archives into the digital age and doubling the collection of interviews with Wisconsin connected veterans from all over the state.  Last fall, she was an invited panelist at the annual Oral History Association meeting in Oklahoma City, presenting on “Digitization, Reference and Communications.”  As Assistant Director of Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc., a non-profit organization she co-founded in Maine, Molly worked to record and preserve the voices and stories of Maine’s way of life, language, and history.

Please direct any questions about the workshop to Kristyn Scorsone, k.scorsone@rutgers.edu.


A Message from the Queer Newark Oral History Project

Dear friends,

At this time of rising bigotry and intolerance, the Queer Newark Oral History Project wants to affirm its love for our diverse LGBTQ past, where difference is a strength rather than something to be suppressed, and where the courage and resilience of queer Newarkers past and present offers inspiration for all of us in this bleak moment.

We hope you’ve had a chance to listen to or read some of the oral histories we’ve featured at http://queer.newark.rutgers.edu/interviews

As a project, we are inspired by LGBTQ activists and communities, intersectional feminism, Black Lives Matter, and the many other voices that bring wisdom from the margins. Now more than ever, we need to reach other marginalized groups to document and celebrate their stories, and show the full range of Newark’s LGBTQ history: Latino/a (or Latinx) Newarkers, Muslim Newarkers, the undocumented members of our city that Mayor Baraka just defended, and all other groups. We’re still working on building some of those bridges, but if you’re out there reading this, we want to record your life story!

Please contact us, please share this message with anyone who might appreciate it, and please let us know how we, as a community-driven oral history project, can best be of service in our community.

In solidarity,

Queer Newark team

Academic Publishing Event

Does the thought of academic publishing give you nightmares? Learn how to navigate the publishing process by attending “Publishing without Perishing: Demystifying the Humanities Journal” on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 2:30 pm in Conklin Hall, Room 245.

This talk and workshop presented by Professor Whitney Strub will go over the basics of publishing articles in scholarly humanities journals: how to choose the best journal; how to best prepare your work for peer review; how the process works, from desk-rejects to revise & resubmits to acceptances; and what to expect from the whole process. Students are also encouraged to bring in possible target journals and/or abstracts of works-in-progress for group discussion.

Publishing without Perishing: Demystifying the Humanities Journal

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2:30 – 3:50 pm

Conklin Hall, Room 245

(American Studies Lounge)

This event is brought to you by the Graduate Program in American Studies. Any questions about the event can be directed to Professor Mary Rizzo (mary.rizzo@rutgers.edu).

Documenting Hate in Greater Newark

We invite the Rutgers University-Newark and Greater Newark communities to report and speak out about hateful incidents they have experienced in these trying days. To do so, please visit this site:


Documenting Hate in Greater Newark is a project of the Clement A. Price Institute, the Department of History, the American Studies Program, and the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University-Newark.

The goal of this project is threefold: 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.

In pursuit of that goal, we are building a community archive of hateful incidents as reported by Rutgers University-Newark students, staff, and faculty; our family and friends; and residents of Newark and the Greater Newark area. We will provide regular updates on the stories and data we collect to the RU-N and Greater Newark communities.

The project’s primary impulse is documentary and based on the belief that recording and archiving are profoundly political acts. That is to say, the formation of historical memory is run through with power: whose stories are told and preserved? by whom and for what purposes? Using simple web-based tools, the project seeks to gather stories from a larger community than other methods might allow, so that people can report their stories in their own words and in their own time. And it proposes to archive those stories in both digital and traditional formats, so that these stories are preserved for future publics.

In addition, by calling attention to hate and allowing its targets to speak out about it, the project resists any potential normalization of hate, silencing of its victims, and disregard for its effects.

How you can help:

  • Report your story!
  • Share the form widely with family, friends, and neighbor
  • If you have translation skills, we could use your help in making the form as accessible as possible. Please send a message to one of the addresses below.
  • Over the coming weeks, we will convene a small steering committeeto guide the project forward. Ideally, it will be comprised of RU-N students, staff, and faculty, as well as people from our larger communities. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on this committee or have an idea for someone you think would be great.

Please send all ideas and inquiries to either Mark Krasovic (krasovic@rutgers.edu) or Karen Caplan (kcaplan@rutgers.edu)

In addition to filling out this form, please report any incidents to local law enforcement. Please also consider reporting incidents to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is tracking intimidation and harassment nationwide: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

A message from our Chancellor, Nancy Cantor

Dear Rutgers University – Newark community members,

This has been a very divisive and negative time for our country, and no matter who one supported in the election, it is difficult not to feel quite unsettled and upset by the tone and mood of the last year or more. Everyone will find their own sources of comfort and reflection, but as a community that believes in each other and in coming together, we want to also be mindful of campus supports during this taxing time.

Our counseling professionals are ready to be in conversation with anyone who wishes to talk; students may come to the Counseling Center at Blumenthal Hall, 249 University Avenue, room 101, or call 973.353.5805; employees may contact University Human Resources/Faculty Staff & Assistance Program at 848.932.3956. In addition, we are making opportunities available for all members of our community to talk about issues important to them at this time at easily accessible locations including the following.

  • The Office of Student Life is open for walk-in discussion at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, room 352.
  • Listening tables will be facilitated by members of the Rutgers-Newark community to share thoughts during free period today from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.in the Paul Robeson Campus Center “Student Street” and the Center for Law and Justice atrium.
  • Student Affairs is hosting a discussion in Stonsby Dining Hall today at 8 p.m.
  • The Political Science Department is hosting a Post-Election Discussion, Thursday, November 10, from 2:30 to 3:50 p.m.in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, room 255-56-57. Professor Lisa Hull’s course on Elections will be open to our Rutgers-Newark community to give students an opportunity to share thoughts and reactions with one another, and to ask questions.  Political Science Department faculty will be on hand as well.

We encourage all who are interested to engage these opportunities.


Nancy Cantor