Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC)

Contact Information

Hill Hall 708

360 MLK Jr. Blvd

Newark, NJ 07102




'Distinctively Different from Other Negroes': Muslim as Outlaw in Early
Nineteenth-Century America

"Beyond Islamophobia" Series Presents R.A. Judy

Date: November 19
Time: 4-5:30 pm
Place: Dana Room, Dana Library

Center for Migration and the Global City
Department of African American And African Studies
English Department
The Collaboratory
History Department
Honors College
The Graduate School
Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, & the Modern Experience

Postcolonial Questions and Performances     


       Roberto Zurbano is an essayist, cultural critic, anti-racist activist and researcher at the Casa de las
       Américas, La Habana,
       “El Baile de los Elefantes”: 
       Five Challenges for Inserting the African Diaspora into Cuba-U.S. Relations 
       Wednesday, November 18, 2015
       2:30 p.m.
       Rutgers University, Newark 
       15 Washington 
       Newark, NJ 07102

Newest Americans Pop-Up Event

​Please join us to celebrate the first year of Newest Americans ​and to preview what we have in store for year two. ​Performances will include standup comedy, live music, poetry readings and video previews. Free Admission. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Essex Room – Room 231
Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102

See poster here.


Writing Newark in Different Tongues

Bilingual Reading and Booksigning with Ironbound Authors

João S Martins, author of Ferry Street Rua da Palavra
Hugo dos Santos, author of Ironbound: A Blog

Monday October 26, 2016, 2:30-4:00pm
Location: The Dana Room, Fourth Floor of Dana Library
185 University Ave, Newark, NJ
Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Center for Migration and the Global City, Latin@ Studies Working Group. Poster Art by Fernando Silva.


Shared Sentences: Public Humanities Takes on Mass Incarceration

The United States incarcerates more people, and more people of color, than ever in its history. This happened in just in the last few decades – but it has deep roots. What’s the role of the public humanities in this national crisis? Students at 20 universities, in collaboration with people directly affected by the prison system, are collaborating to build a national traveling public project on histories and current realities of incarceration. Along the way, they’re engaging in a national dialogue on why the past matters for the present, and how public humanities can confront social issues.

Monday, October 26, 2015
Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm
Reception: 6:30-7:15pm
Dana Room, 4th Floor, Dana Library


"A Secret History" featuring Laila Lalami

"Beyond Islamophobia" Series
"A Secret History" featuring Laila Lalami
Many people assume that Muslims are latecomers to America, recent arrivals who’ve grafted themselves into an already thriving country. In fact, Muslims have been part of America since before it became a nation. In this talk, Laila Lalami will discuss history, its transmission, and how fiction can help us fill in some of its many gaps and silences. A book signing will follow the event.

Date: October 8
Time: 4-7 pm
Place: Engelhard Hall, 2nd Floor, Esterly Lounge
190 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Center for Migration and the Global City
Department of African American And African Studies
English Department
The Collaboratory
History Department
Honors College
The Graduate School
Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, & the Modern Experience
Postcolonial Questions and Performances


End the Quota Rally at Elizabeth Detention Center

Support H.R. 2808 which prohibits guaranteed profits to private prisons. Protest both the federal quota
that exists in the federal budget appropriation and the local quota that exists in individual contracts.

See here for details in both English and Spanish

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:00AM-12:00 Noon
Elizabeth Detention Center, 625 Evans Street, Elizabeth, NJ 


Newark Becomes the First Muncipality in New Jersey to Issue Identification Cards

Immigrant communities cheer passage of City Council ordinance establishing Newark Identification card
program to benefit undocumented immigrants, the homeless, and other vulnerable communities.

See here for the full article


GlassBook Project: Provisions

Newest Americans in collaboration with Rutgers Professor Nick Kline, Artist-in-Residence
Adrienne Wheeler, Endless Editions, Dr. Samantha Boardman and RU-N BookArts Class
is excited to present two upcoming events surrounding Glassbook Project: Provisions

      "Unveling" of the GlassBook Project: Provisions
       Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:00AM-11:20AM.
       Dana Room in Dana Library 
       All are invited to attend the exhibiton!
       Opening Reception
       Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:00PM -9:00PM
       The Gateway Project, 2 Gateway Center, Newark
       Please contact Nick Kline at with questions. 


What's next for DAPA and DACA?

Decoding the Status of the President's Executive Action on Immigration and the Court Process
By Sara Cullinane, Deputy Director at Make the Road New Jersey

Professor Anju Gupta, Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Rutgers School of Law -Newark

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:00PM
Room 80
Rutgers School of Law - Newark
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102


ISIS: A Politics of the Surface
Post Colonial Questions and Performances Present:

By Dr. Faisal Devji

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 4:00-6:00PM
Englehard Hall, Room 202
Rutgers University - Newa


Screening of Detention Stories: Life Inside California's New Angel Island 

& Discussion of an upcoming project in New York
and New Jersey

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Rutgers University, The Martini Foundation Lecture Hall
123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement
(CIVIC) is proud to release Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s
New Angel Island, a documentary film series that explores the social
and cultural world inside California’s immigration detention centers
through individuals who are in the best position to describe it: men
and women in detention. Come learn about the history of immigration
detention in California from the early 1900s to the present and about
how you can get involved with our upcoming stories project on immigration
detention in New York and New Jersey.

Light refreshments will be served.


Strategic Conversation about Garifuna Community

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
St. Peters Church , 619 Lexington Ave.

An information and strategy meeting reagarding the Garifuna community in NYC.


The Syrian Revolution and the Arts of Resistance

Friday, March 26, 2015

Space is Limited. Please RSVP here.

Presented by NEWEST AMERICANS and The Lens

2:30pm-4:00pm   Veiled Aleppo : Photojournalism and the Syrian Civil War 

Room 232-233

Award-winning photojournalists  Ed Kashi interviews Franco Pagetti will 
discuss their experience covering the revolution, focusing particularly on
“Veiled Aleppo,” Franco’s haunting photographs of the sheets that line the
war-torn streets of Aleppo, Syria. Before the war, residents used these sheets
for privacy or to protect their homes from harsh weather. Today they shield
the residents of Aleppo from the view of Bashar al-Assad’s security force snipers.

4:00pm-5:30pm Phoenix in Exile: Music, Memory and the Message of Peace

      Room 232-233

A panel discussion with award-winning composer/pianist Malek Jandali,
Oudist and RU-N faculty member Abdulrahim Alsiadi, renowned cellist 
Laura Metcalf , and cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor at
Hunter College Dr. Jonathan Shannon.

7:30pm-8:30pm   Concert: Malek Jandali Trio

Room 231-232

A live performance featuring the new chamber works of world-renowned
composer and pianist Malek Jandali, with Laura Metcalf on cello and
Abdulrahim Alsiadi on oud. The evening showcases the release of
Mr. Jandali's new album "Syrian Symphony—Phoenix in Exile" recorded
in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The compositions
integrate Middle Eastern modes into Western classical forms and harmony,
and range from chamber music to large-scale orchestral works, including
concertos for violin and piano. Mr. Jandali’s compositions have been
performed by leading orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
The Stockholm Solister, The Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Cairo
Symphony. On January 31, 2015, Mr. Jandali became the first Arab-American
composer to premiere his works at  Carnegie Hall.

Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark


Motherlands: The Right of Original Peoples to Mother Earth

From the Andes to Palestine
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 5:00-8:00pm
Featuring Rosa Palomino and Mariam Barghouti


Ferguson / Newark / Gender: Discussions of Race, Activism, and Gender Politics

The Annual Women's and Gender Studies Symposium

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 9:30am- 3:30pm

9:30am: Breakfast and Registration

10:00am: Welcome by Whitney Strub, Director, Women's and Gender Studies

10:15am-11:45am, Panel I: Gender, Activism, and Community Organizing in Newark

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:25pm, Panel II: From Ferguson to #BlackLivesMatter and Beyond

2:30-3:45pm, Panel III: Queering Riots, Queering Archives

Room 255-257, Paul Robeson Campus Center

350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

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An Open Dialogue on Islamophobia: How did we get here?

A panel discussion featuring:

Professor Sadia Abbas (English Department)

Professor Tim Raphael (Center for Migration and the Global City)

Professor Ameer Sohrawardy (English Department)

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Esterly Lounge, 2nd Floor, Engelhard Hall, Rutgers-Newark

All are welcome!


Immigrant Justice Corps: Legal Representation for Immigrants

Lecture by Rachel B. Tiven

Executive Director, Immigrant Justice Corps

Rachel B. Tiven will discuss the crisis in legal representation for immigrants which inspired
the creation of Immigrant Justice Corps.  The Corps' Justice and Community Fellowships serve
immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 12:30 PM

Immersive Classrooms, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Camden


Fulbright Scholar Lecture on Migration

Lecture by Elsa Lechner

Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Rutgers Newark’s Department of Spanish
and Portuguese Studies, Professor Universidade de Coimbra

“Biographical Research for the Study of Migrations: A Scholarly Itinerary”

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 11:30am -12:50pm

Dana Library, 4th Floor, Dana Room, Rutgers-Newark


Premiere of Notes for My Homeland

First short documentary produced by the Center on Migration and the Global City Newest Americans project.

*Notes for My Homeland* has just gone live on National Geographic's Proof website.

To learn more about the project, visit the Newest Americans Website


Federal Financial Aid for the Immigrant Community

Free Webinar for immigrant students and parents and how they qualify for FAFSA.

Introduction to Federal Financial Aid

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 


Los Otros Dreamers

Presentation by Maru Ponce

Dream in Mexico, a non-profit working with Mexican youth who voluntarily
returned or who were deported to Mexico after living in the United States

Monday, November 17th, 2014 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Center for Law and Justice, Room 20, Rutgers-Newark

Detention Pipeline: The Immigration Detention Problem in America

Presentation by Tim Raphael, Director for the Center for Migration and the Global City

Presentation by Marisol Conde-Hernandez, Co-founder of the New Jersey Dream Act Coalition

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Conklin Hall, Room 100, Rutgers-Newark


Shazia Sikander and Unver Sh​afi in Conversation

A conversation between two artists about "Postcolonial Questions and Performances"

Moderated by Sadia Abbas

Monday, October 20th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Paul Robeson Gallery, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark

Jose Antonio Vargas: Documented

Jose Antonio Vargas will  screen and discuss his new film  Documented.

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11:30am - 2:00pm

Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark


Bedrooms of the Fallen: Book Talk & Signing

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson

Monday, September 15, 2014 from 11:30am - 1:00pm

Dana Room, Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark

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