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

History Department Election-2016 Teach-In series: LGBTQ Rights

History Department Election-2016 Teach-In series: LGBTQ Rights

Tuesday, December 62-3pm, 245 Conklin Hall

The History Department is hosting a series of teach-ins in response to the shock, fear, and outpouring of hate produced by the election results last month. Our first event, last week, on Islamophobia was highly successful, and we are looking forward to our next event on 12/6 on LGBTQ rights2 pm, in Conklin 245 (there will be cookies). Open to the public, and all are welcomed!

Event page:

Looking for Information on New Jersey’s Gay Black Woman Magazine

Dear all,
One of the grad students working with Queer Newark is trying to track down information on a bi-monthly magazine from the mid-nineties called New Jersey’s Gay Black Woman for her master’s thesis. Does anyone have any information or recollection of this magazine?
Below are photos of the cover and the publisher’s information. The publisher is listed as New Jersey Womyn in Newark by Karin A. Kinsey.
Any information would be greatly appreciated! Send to

Podcasting Workshop

Space is filling quickly. Please register at 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 5th (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,

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

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 (

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 ( or Karen Caplan (

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: