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Film screening/discussion about last northern all-black school: Tues April 13th, 7pm

The Rutgers Center for Race and Ethnicity, in partnership with the Rutgers University Libraries, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH), and the New Brunswick Free Public Library, will host a screening and discussion of A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School, on Tuesday April 13th at 7:00 pm in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, on the 4th floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library on Rutgers' College Ave. Campus in New Brunswick.

A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School tells the little-known story of the last all-black, publicly funded, co-educational boarding school north of the Mason-Dixon Line. A hub of African-American culture, the school was an unexpected casualty of the fight for social and educational justice in the Civil Rights Movement. A Place Out of Time asks the critical question: what happens to all-black institutions in a desegregated world?

Featuring remarkable archival footage and interviews with historians and Bordentown School alumni, viewers are guided by acclaimed actress Ruby Dee through this stirring portrait of a remarkable black cultural hub which thrived in a time when discrimination was both law and custom. A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School will be featured on the award-winning PBS documentary series P.O.V. and has been screened at numerous New Jersey film festivals, including the Newark Black Film Festival.

The screening and discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Mark Krasovic, the 2008-2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers-Newark's Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience.

Students assembled in the auditorium at the Bordentown School.

Dr. Mark Krasovic is the 2008-2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers-Newark's Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience. Dr. Krasovic received his Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and Anthropology from Rutgers University, his Master's degree in American Studies from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D in American Studies from Yale University. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, "The Struggle for Newark: Plotting Urban Crisis in the Great Society." His dissertation, on which the manuscript is based, was the Honorable Mention Finalist for the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize in 2008. His research has been supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, among other sources. He has taught at Michigan State , Yale, The College of New Jersey, and Princeton University. Dr. Krasovic grew up in Piscataway, NJ, and now lives with his wife and son in Ewing.

For more information about the film, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities sponsorship of similar viewing in our communities across New Jersey, please see: http://njch.org/justicefilms.html





Posted April 7, 2010