City Children and Their Cultures: The Social Life of Stress


November 6, 2002

Newark Museum

The Social Life of Stress explored how Newark's children cope with the extraordinary pressures that surround their young lives, including neighborhood transformation, homelessness, and intergenerational poverty.  The program featured a presentation by Dr. Robert L. Johnson, who is arguably one of the nations' foremost pediatric physicians, scholars, and advocates.  And a premier of Anthony Spirito's poignant documentary film, Into Arroyo, a story of Jose Arroyo, age 12, who lived at the Emergency Residence Shelter of the YMWCA in Newark, NJ.  This film follows Jose's journey from Christmas, 2001, through spring 2002, when his family's welfare assistance was terminated.

Dr. Robert. L. Johnson:

Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent ad Young Adult Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).  He is also the author of Strength for Their Journey: Five Essential Disciplines African American Parents Must Teach Their Children and Teens (Broadway Books, 2002).



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.