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“ This is the most focused, informative and well-organized professional development program I have ever attended. We were treated as professionals and valued as students and independent learners the entire time.”
Teacher Institute: George Washington: Founding Our Democracy
“ I wish I could adequately explain the impact the NJCH Teacher Institute seminars have had on me…I always come away feeling so vibrant and motivated. The intellectual stimulation is unparalleled.”
“ I have not come across a more comprehensive form of enrichment experience. I have been teaching more than 20 years, and I hope that NJCH will one day be put in charge of all professional development in the state!”
Ideas At Work brings humanities speakers to workplaces for lunchtime lectures Brenda Davis, “Unlearning American Indian Stereotypes”
Cathy Bao Bean presents “The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Setting for Diversity” at Day Pitney LLP “ We are all at least bicultural, and we can all benefit when single-minded commitment is moderated by a more global outlook.” Cathy Bao Bean
Clemente Courses in the Humanities offer college-level instruction to low-income adults
Camden “ I have wanted to go back to school, but with a family and a job I figured I would have to wait another 18 years. When I learned about this class, I almost fell out of my chair!”
New Brunswick “ The most important part that I have learned is to REALLY read. It is amazing how closed my eyes were once.” “ The humanities course has truly been an experience I will never forget. It was very exciting, informative, and rewarding.”
Perth Amboy “ The Clemente Course encouraged, enlightened, and excited me. I enjoyed everything I’ve learned. The teachers were great.”
History Camp At-risk youth in Camden learn about their city’s history through a summer program
“ We started with the idea that there are kids who need this kind of program, who need to learn about the role of history in their daily life.” Antoine Chambers works on his portfolio about Camden Howard Gillette, Rutgers University, Camden
What effect does Literature & Medicine have on participants?
“ I have learned to be more honest with patients and to take the time to see where they are coming from emotionally, spiritually and mentally.”
Grants from NJCH have supported hundreds of public humanities projects With a major grant, The College of New Jersey hosted a 3-day symposium on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” attended by more than 800 people, including dozens of teachers.
The Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at Camden County Community College will hold a lecture series on India: Ancient Civilization to Modern Democracy.
The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Study at Drew University is organizing a conference entitled Samuel Bak: Artist-Witness to the Holocaust.
The Filipino American National Historical Society, New Jersey Chapter, collected oral histories of Filipino veterans which were distributed through public programs and a publication. “ Pamana Means Legacy”
Culture in Context: A Tapestry of Expression exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum included demonstrations, workshops and educational programming.
NJCH has helped fund numerous documentary films A Place Out of Time: The Bordentown School tells the story of the Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth, an African-American public school which served as a hub for the black community in New Jersey during Jim Crow. A Place Out of Time will air on primetime on the PBS National Programming Service in 2010 .
Revolution ’67 , an examination of the causes and effects of the events of July 1967 in Newark, has been broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. to more than one million viewers.
The Last Ghost of War , winner of 2008 CINE Golden Eagle award, examines the lingering effects of Agent Orange on American soldiers who fought in Vietnam and Vietnamese children born with crippling birth defects.
HBO broadcast Unknown Soldier: Searching for a Father , which traces a son’s journey to learn about the father he never knew who was killed while fighting the Vietnam War.
NJCH’s newest venture ― supporting digital humanities projects, such as podcasts and websites
Since 2008 NJCH funded projects have reached more than 600,000 people With NJCH funding the Two River Theatre Company organized panel discussions about the issues facing veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the world premiere of the play ReEntry , based on interviews with veterans.
NJCH supports projects of vital importance to New Jersey The Encyclopedia of New Jersey and Mapping New Jersey make information about the Garden State accessible to scholars, students and the general public
NJCH has been a supporter of the annual Marion Thompson Wright lecture series since its inception.
The Marion Thompson Wright lecture series addresses critical issues in African American studies, history and contemporary society
This Was New Jersey is a collection of 300 photos by Harry C. Dorer who chronicled life in New Jersey for more than forty years for the Newark Evening News . NJCH also supported an exhibit of his photographs at the Newark Public Library.
Through a partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils and Museum on Main Street , NJCH brings Smithsonian Institution exhibits to New Jersey.
New Harmonies explores the distinct cultural identities of gospel, country, blues and other forms of roots music as they record the history of the American people and set the foundation for many musical genres appreciated worldwide today.