Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

Institute Initiatives

For thirteen years, the Institute has played a central role in fulfilling Rutgers-Newark's mission to engage with the local community through academic and civic programs that have as their collective objective, making Newark a more livable, interesting and civically wholesome urban environment.  It has been guided by a core vision of Rutgers: Jersey Roots, Global Reach.  Toward realizing that vision, the Institute sponsors programs that bring scholarship within the reach of the general public and community at-large, particularly teachers, students, parents, caregivers, elected officials, public servants, and life-long learners.  Some of those programs include the Teachers as Scholars for Newark Public School teachers, the U.S. History Saturday Academy for Newark school children, the Geraldine R. Dodge Post-Doctoral and Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellowship programs; and the Teaching American History Program, also for Newark teachers.  The Institute has also provided Cultural Awareness Training for all 2, 700 members of the New Jersey State Police.  And in 2007, the Institute was at the helm of an extraordinary civic effort that acknowledged and commemorated the fortieth anniversary of the civil unrest in Newark that started on July 12th of 1967.  


Education and Teacher Development

Gustav Heningburg Civic Fellows Program

Discussions on Race

Historic Sites in Newark

New Jerseytimes Online