City Children and Their Cultures: Get The Lead Out!

City Children and Their Cultures: Get The Lead Out!

This program was held on November 10, 2001 at the Newark Public Library.  The key areas that were expolred were socioeconomic and political factors that impact lead posioning exposure and treatment, as well as education and prevention.

Dr. Christian S. Warren, the keynote speaker, is an Assistant Professor of History and Franklin Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia.  Dr. Warren teaches courses in 20th-century U.S. history, the social history of medicine, and environemental history.  he is the author of Brush With Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning (John Hopkins U, 2000), and has published articles in the Journal of Southern History and the Business History Review.

The panelists at the event included Dr. Tosan Nana-Obi, program physician for the Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program - East Orange Health Department, and John Weber of New Jersey Citizen Action. 

On view was a photo exhibition by Helen M. Stummer, the author of No Easy Walk, Newark, 1980-1993 (Temple University Press.).

About the City Children and Their Cultures series:

At the end of the Spring semester 1998 the Institute mounted, in conjunction with the Newark Public Schools, a community oriented lecture and discussion series that explored the transformation of urban youth culture in the United States over the near half-century that followed the end of World War II. Titled City Children and Their Cultures and supported by grants from the Victoria Foundation and the Schumann Fund of New Jersey, the series invited nationally recognized scholars on children to speak to and interact with a cross section of Newark parents, educators, foundation heads, and advocates for children. The objective of the two-part series was to help the major stakeholders in Newark’s youth-oriented sectors contextualize the life of the City’s youngsters, and to foster a sense of intellectual camaraderie among those stakeholders in a public setting. City Children and Their Cultures was held at the Newark Museum and was free of charge to parents, educators and the public.