From June 4-9, 2015, I am scheduled to be one of this year's "Faculty in Residence" at NEW Leadership NJ,
the week-long residential summer institute sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.
NEW Leadership is "...a
bi-partisan, residential program to educate college women about the political
process and teach them to become effective leaders in their communities."
I served on a NEW Leadership panel last year, so I am honored to be asked to
serve as the Faculty in Residence for 2015. It is a great program, and I met
some wonderful young women last year--they were from all over the state--click
on the link for my blog post, NEW Leadership--the Next Generation
of Women Leaders.
As noted on the website, "CAWP is committed to including women from
diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, political and educational backgrounds in
each NEW Leadership program. We strongly encourage women of color,
nontraditional college women, and students majoring in fields outside of
political science to apply."
you know young college women who might be interested, please urge them to apply--there is no cost to the student: "housing,
food, and all program materials are provided for the full six days of the
program. There is no direct cost to students."
participating colleges pay the cost of the program--click on the link for the Frequently Asked Questions
to get more information. My school, Essex County College, is one of the
participating colleges, and we have been urging our students to apply. I will
be blogging on this again as the deadline approaches--in the meantime, please
spread the word!
This week, from March
10-13,Essex County College, where I am a professor, will host a celebration of
Humanities Week, centered around our Spring 2015 Conference,"Speculations:
Steampunk to Afrofuturism." The conference is free and open to the public. Below is a listing of the week's
activities. ClickHEREto navigate to the conference website.
As one of the co-chairs of this year's conference, I am excited that we have been able to arrange to bring some of Plainfield's senior citizens to a special performance of "The Silver Thread."This special staged reading of
Housley-McLaughlin's award-winning play will be performed by the New York
City-based Liberation Theatre Company.The Plainfield Division of Recreation and Parks is
sponsoring a free trip for seniors to Essex County College for the performance--please contact Recreation
by calling 908-753-3097 if you would like to reserve a seat.I am very excited to welcome our seniors to my school!
There will be an hors d'oeuvres reception at 5:30 pm,
prior to the event, sponsored by Dr. Stephanie A. Steplight Johnson,
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer.
The performance will be staged in the state-of-the-art Mary B. Burch Theater for the Performing Artson Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. Pianist Richard Alston, Associate Professor of
Music at Essex County College, will open the evening with a special performance
of Franz Liszt's "The Mephisto Waltz." There will be a 30-minute
talk-back with the actors after the performance.
This is the 3rd annual conference of our division (Humanities), and it helps to illustrate why the disciplines in the Humanities matter. My colleague and conference co-chair, Communications Prof. Jennifer Wager, noted this eloquently:
“In this age of devastating economic austerity, the
Humanities give us the inspiration and tools to imagine a better
world. This conference brings together leading scholars and artists from
all over the country and even internationally to examine how the Humanities has
created space for speculation, creativity and positive social change. The
first step in revolutionary change is to speculate, to free our minds and imagine
that change is even possible.
“As a Predominantly Black Institution, Essex leads
the way nationally and internationally as a two-year college dedicated to the
creation and dissemination of historically accurate knowledge of communities of
African descent locally and globally. With this year’s special emphasis on the
legacy, work, and influence of the late Octavia E. Butler, the Humanities
Division’s conference once again highlights the foundational contributions of
Black history and culture to the Humanities with this year's theme,
“Speculations: Steampunk to Afrofuturism.”
the great mezzo-soprano Margaret Tynes, who was as comfortable with jazz as she
was with opera.
Below is a clip from the 2007 gala
tribute of Opera Noire of New York, at which Margaret
Tynes was the Honoree. It is an amazing clip of contemporary African
American opera singers paying tribute to one of greatest living divas. Please
go to 1:25 to hear the transcendent “Sous
le dôme épais” (also known as the “Flower Duet”) from Léo Delibes’sLakmé,featuring Andrea Jones-Soloja and LaToya Lain.The other two clips are recordings of Margaret Tynes,
the “Card Aria” from Bizet’s Carmen.
Duke Ellington’s 1956 recording of A Drum is
a Woman, with Margaret Tynes and Ozzie Bailey.