Due to recent construction the 2nd floor of the Paul Robeson Library will be without any air conditioning from 6/27 to 6/29.
On 6/29 construction may block the front steps, please use our accessible side ramp.
This year, make history in more than one way. If you are marching in the Women's March tomorrow, anywhere in New Jersey, consider donating your signs and memorabilia to our Special Collections & University Archives.
Last year, we collected signs, buttons, pamphlets, newspapers, stickers, and one embroidered goose patch from Women's March participants. The Women's March Archives Project is collecting these materials to document these historic events for future scholars and students.
The Company Town at Seabrook Farms, NJ: Internment, Migration, and Resettlement in the WWII Era is a two-week summer institute for K-12 teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will take place at Rutgers University–New Brunswick from July 16 to 27, 2018.
At a moment when the United States' policies toward immigrants, refugees, and guestworkers have become a matter of national concern and an unavoidable topic of discussion in schools and homes across the country, a goal of this institute is to train teachers to become intermediaries who can direct these conversations to the analysis of historical evidence while also calling attention to the economic, political, and social issues at stake in the present.
Institute participants will be encouraged to compare Seabrook Farms to other locations where released internees, migrant workers, and refugees were sent during World War II and its aftermath. They will read and discuss readings that contextualize Japanese American internment, refugee resettlement, and guestworker programs as federal policies, and the legal, cultural, and social histories that surround these measures. They will be introduced to digitized primary sources and other materials that have been assembled for the institute, and each day will learn about what these materials contain and how they might be used in the classroom. Finally, institute participants will be given the autonomy to research, develop, and workshop curricular materials intended for use in their own classrooms. During the institute, participants will receive structured feedback and suggestions and from the institute’s faculty and from peers.
Applications for the NEH Summer Institute are currently being accepted until March 1, 2018. If you are a K-12 teacher in the United States and interested in applying, please consult the following website: http://nehseabrookfarms.org/
Join us for the States of Incarceration Conference. Let us know if you will attend. Please register at this link.
Panel: Advocating on Behalf of Agricultural Workers: Perspectives from the Frontlines
Representatives from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Alliance/Campaign for Fair Food, and CATA: The Farmworker Support Committee will discuss the pressing issues and concerns that agricultural workers confront, such as immigration raids, sexual harassment in the fields, and wage theft. Participants will also highlight worker activism, campaigns directed at consumers, and how Rutgers community members can take action.
Moderated by Professor Andy Urban, Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
Panel: Incarceration, Release, and the Prison Economy in Bridgeton, New Jersey
Panel participants will explore the daily practices, resistance efforts, and difficulties that come with navigating life on the outside of prisons. The Bridgeton area of Cumberland County, where Seabrook Farms operated, now houses county, state, and federal prisons. Towns where prisons are sited are entangled in the US system of incarceration in unique and overlooked ways. Panel participants will include a Bridgeton-based defense attorney, an educator-activist involved with the New Jersey Judiciary’s Intensive Supervision Program for released offenders, and a formerly incarcerated individual. Panelists will offer their perspectives on the challenges that formerly incarcerated individuals face, and share their experiences as activists seeking to change how parole and release works in Bridgeton.
Moderated by Heath Pearson, PhD Candidate in anthropology, Princeton University.
Plenary: John Seabrook
John Seabrook is the author The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, published by Norton in October, 2015. He is also the author of Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing—The Marketing of Culture (2000), Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace (1997), and Flash of Genius, and Other True Stories of Invention (2008). He has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989 and became a staff writer in 1993.
The grandson of C.F. Seabrook, the founder of Seabrook Farms, John is currently working on a family history that explores the company’s rise to national prominence as the leading producer of frozen foods. For his plenary, he will connect his findings to the conference panels, and address why more critical histories and contemporary understandings of agricultural labor and production in southern New Jersey are necessary.
Join us for the Opening of the States of Incarceration Conference. Let us know if you will attend. Please register at this link.
Aresty project assistants will be on hand to offer guided tours of the exhibition.
Production of The Castle
The Castle is a play produced by the Fortune Society and directed by Eric Krebs. It casts formerly incarcerated individuals in a theatrical production exploring issues related to parole, release, and social reintegration.
Join us for a screening of Resistance at Tule Lake, followed by a Q & A with director Konrad Aderer.
The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a "model minority," that they cooperated without protest and proved their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Resistance at Tule Lake, a new feature-length documentary from Third World Newsreel (Camera News Inc.) and directed by Japanese American filmmaker Konrad Aderer, overturns that myth by telling the long-suppressed story of Tule Lake Segregation Center.
Konrad Aderer (director/producer) is a Japanese American filmmaker whose documentaries have focused on immigrants affected by detention and deportation. His feature documentary Enemy Alien received a Courage in Media Award from CAIR and a Pacific Asian Community Alliance Courage Award. His short Rising Up: The Alams screened internationally and in the US at venues including BAM and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Under his nonprofit multimedia project Life or Liberty (lifeorliberty.org), founded in 2002, his work has been supported by Center for Asian American Media, Open Society Institute, and NYSCA grants. Aderer holds a master’s degree in sociology from Brooklyn College.
Conference events and programming explore themes related to the different components of the "States of Incarceration" exhibit. In particular, they highlight subjects connected to the history of Seabrook Farms, the focus of Rutgers–New Brunswick students’ contribution to the exhibit.
A frozen-foods agribusiness in Cumberland County, New Jersey, during World War II Seabrook Farms recruited 2,500 incarcerated Japanese Americans released on parole from so-called internment camps in the western interior of the United States. Seabrook Farms would also employ guestworkers from the British West Indies, migrant workers from the United States South, Japanese Peruvians imprisoned by the United States, and, after the war, Estonian refugees from displaced persons camps in Germany.
Events and panels seek to explore not only the history of Seabrook Farms and Japanese Americans’ incarceration, but also the issues that agricultural workers—who are mainly immigrants—face today.
Let us know if you will attend. Please register for the Conference at this link.
For questions about the conference, please contact Professor Andy Urban at email@example.com.
States of Incarceration is an exhibition and series of programs created by over 500 students and community partners in 17 states, including participants from from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers University–Newark. The exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration in the United States through local case studies and opens a national dialogue on what must happen next.
From January 22 to March 9, 2018, States of Incarceration will be on display in Douglass Library and open to the public during regular library hours.
Arrange a Group Tour
Classes, student groups, and other interested organizations are encouraged to schedule a guided tour of the exhibit, which will be led by three Aresty Undergraduate Research Assistants being trained as docents and dialogue facilitators. Guides will lead groups through the exhibit and, following these tours, engage students and visitors in a dialogue on the difficult subjects that the exhibit raises. Tours will culminate with a discussion about the further actions that visitors can take.
If your group is interested in a tour, please contact Professor Andy Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org.