The 35th Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture SeriesCurating Black AmericaDedicated to Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014
Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
In 1997, the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experienceat Rutgers-Newark was founded with the belief that the arts and humanities – in all their creativity and scholarly rigor – have a central role to play in the continued revitalization of Greater Newark. It strives, in the finest university tradition, to satisfy a hunger for new ideas and new ways of looking at the city and the world. The Institute, as part of a vibrant civic ecology, engages a range of community partners and audiences through public programs whose collective objective is to help make Newark a more livable, interesting, and civically wholesome urban environment. Toward realizing that vision, Institute programs bring together the latest scholarship in the arts and humanities with members of the community at-large including teachers, lawyers, students, corporate executives, medical professionals, parents, caregivers, elected officials, public servants, and life-long learners. The result is a more engaged and empathetic citizenry leveraging knowledge and insights generated by Institute programming to effect change in the community. Over the sixteen years of its existence, the Institute has become a national model for how publicly engaged research universities can help cultivate a more livable city, one that thrives on the creative rhythms of the arts and humanities.