Margery Somers Foster Center

About the Margery Somers Foster Center

The Margery Somers Foster Center is a unit of Rutgers University Libraries dedicated to developing co-curricular initiatives on visual technology and networked culture. The co-curricular programs promote expressive communication through the use of multimedia, while challenging Rutgers students to engage critically with structures of inequality grounded in alternative accounts of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and nationality. In pursuit of this mission, the Margery Somers Foster Center works toward the following goals:

  • Develop students' multimedia skills;
  • Expand students' capacities to critically engage intersections of digital technology and politics of visuality;
  • Serve as a hub for information dissemination and collaborative learning in socially transformative media; and
  • Spark and support students' creative excellence with initiatives, such as the annual Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Award.

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Projects/Co-sponsorships

Celebration of Scholarship 2020
The Rutgers University – New Brunswick Libraries are launching the Virtual Celebration of Scholarship 2020 to celebrate the accomplishments of Rutgers authors. Our original event in March 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. We now celebrate virtually recently published books, journal articles, book chapters, recordings, etc. Join us in saluting their accomplishments by visiting the Website. Our co-sponsors that made this celebration possible are the Margery Somers Foster Center, the Rutgers Global and the Rutgers University Press.

Women, Education and Leadership at Rutgers
This collection of interviews, videos and digital projects document the history of women, education and leadership, as well as the complex institutionalization of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. The fourteen interviews were created by the award winning filmmaker June Cross for the documentary "From the Boarding House to the Board Room: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers" produced by the Institute for Women’s Leadership Consortium, in celebration of Rutgers 250th Anniversary in 2016.

Dink Dykes: Lesbian Culture at Douglass College, 1967-1977
Kay Turner (Douglass College Class of 1971) facilitates a roundtable discussion with Douglass graduates to reflect on the lesbian culture that emerged at and around the women’s college in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Creative Life of Douglass: Selections from the University Archives Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Douglass College
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Douglass College in 2018, the Dana Women Artists Series held an exhibition featuring the artistic and creative pursuits of Douglass College students and faculty throughout history. .

CWGL Poster Collection
The project won the 2012 ACRL WGSS Significant Achievement Award in Women's Studies Librarianship. For more information see this article.

The Feminist Art Project
The Feminist Art Project is a national initiative from 2006-2009 and beyond, based at the Foster Center, that celebrate women's contributions to the visual arts and the Feminist Art Movement.

The New Jersey Women's History Website
A resource for students, teachers, and all interested people who want to know more about the history of New Jersey women.

Women Artists Archives National Directory (WAAND)
WAAND, The Women Artists Archives National Directory, is an innovative online directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists and women artists' organizations active in the U.S. since 1945.

Visit to Seabrook Video
Captures the visit of 54 Rutgers faculty and students to Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Seabrook, NJ.

Margery Somers Foster Center

Foster Center study area tables

Contact

Kayo Denda
Head, Margery Somers Foster Center & Librarian for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Email: kayo.denda@rutgers.edu
tel: 848-932-5023
fax: 732-932-6777