Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC)




Global Urban Futures: Inclusive Cities in Theory and Practice

The Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA), in conjunction with university partners, the Global Urban Studies (Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems), Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, and the Center for Migration and the Global City, will be hosting theGlobal Urban Futures Conference on 

This is a free event open to anyone but does require registration. To register for the conference please visit:

Friday, April 29, 2016
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm 
Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 MLK Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102


Humanities Action Lab: States of Incarceration Exhibit Opening and Conference

Newest Americans has been working with HAL and 20 university partners around the country to create a national exhibit on mass incarceration. Please consider joining us for the exhibit opening and conference in April!
Public Launch and Reception: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6PM-8:30PM, Aronson Gallery, Sheila Johnson Design Center & Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 5th Avenue, NY, NY.

Conference: Friday, April 15, 2016 & Saturday, April 16, 2016, 55 W 13th St., Arnold Hall, The New School


Reframing History and Archives: Towards an Alternative Public Humanities

Postcolonial Questions and Performances Presents Anthony Bogues

Monday April 11, 2016
Paul Robeson Main Gallery
Paul Robeson Campus Center


We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration Closing Reception

Exhibition and Programs: February 4- April 9, 2016
Location: Newark Public Library - Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9AM-5:30PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9AM-8:30PM

Closing Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6PM-8PM, Auditorium hosted by Newest Americans

The 2016 Black History Celebration exhibit, We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, centers on the remarkable narratives of the Krueger‐Scott African‐American Oral History Collection. This collection, assembled in the late 1990s under the direction of Catherine J. Lenix‐Hooker, captured the stories of Newark’s African‐American citizens who migrated to the city between 1910‐1970. The result is over 100 interviews with brave men and women who left the segregated, Jim Crow South to make better lives for themselves and their families. Ms. Lenix‐Hooker emphasizes the importance of these interviews as not only “eyewitnesses to the city in the 21st century,” but also as a “solid body of evidence” documenting “the major contributions African‐Americans have made to the city [in] over eight decades of Newark’s rich history.”


PRESENTE! Symposium & Celebration

25 years of Recovering Hispanic Heritage of NJ
30 years of NJ Hispanic Youth Showcase

We hope you can be with us to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project and the 30th anniversary of our distinguished alumni William Sánchez's NJ Hispanic Youth Showcase. 

The afternoon panels features pioneering historians and cultural critics who have committed decades to the recovering of over a century of Latin@ history in New Jersey and New York, including Professor Emerita Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Prof Kenya Dworkin y Mendez of Carnegie Mellon and Ricardo Luis Hernández Otero of the Instituto de Literatura y Lingüística Havana Cuba.   The second session marks the closing of the Exhibition, "Newark '74: Remember the Puerto Rican Riots, An Unexamined History" with a  Community Roundtable of eye witnesses to the rebellion of 1974, including Luis Negrón, Nelson "Butchie" Nieves, Sigfredo Carrión-Toro, and Newark Puerto Rican Community archivist Yesenia López.   

We will celebrate this history and commit to supporting a new generation of Latin@ scholar activists by launching the Miguel Estremera Scholarship fund.  For the evening only, we suggest a donation of $30/person, $20/students. Please join us  in the Great Hall for a delicious buffet prepared by award-winning Paella Chefs Rodolfo Gonzalez Almaguer  (see mouth-watering video here:, performances by former showcase winners, dancing to live music of Fania all-stars and Newark-born salsa stars, and other surprise guests.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016
15 Washington Street
Time: 1PM-10PM


Unaccompanied Child Migration Series

A Discussion about the child migration crisis with Ely Lopez, a leader of Colectivo Vida Digna, a Guatemalan non-profit that works with repatriated children. Featuring the work of award-winning photojournalists Ed Kashi and Katie Orlinksy. 

Wednesday, March 30

123 Washington street, Room 125, 4PM-6PM, Newark, NJ 

Tuesday, March 29

125 College ave, Room 402, New Brunswick, NJ

Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

Join us for a thrilling conversation with Jamila Hammami, co-founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, a community organization that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming and HIV+ detainees and their families currently in detention centers, those that are recently released from detention centers and undocumented folks in New York City; As well, QDEP assists folks coming out of immigrant detention in securing structural, health/wellness, educational, legal, and emotional support and services.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Room 255-257
350 MLK Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ 


Virtual Soweto: Spatial Humanities, Feminist Theory and Radical Archive-Making in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Thursday, February 25 from 4:00-6:00 in the Dana Room in Dana Library

Dr. Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor & Co-Director

Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


Platano Classics: Seeing Ancient Greece and Rome through Afro-Dominican Eyes by Dan-El Padilla Peralta

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Robeson Campus Center, Rooms 255-257

350 MLK Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102

Refreshments will be provided and the book, Undocumented will be available for purchase.
Free and open to all.


Picturing Justice: A Workshop on Photography for Political Change

Monday February 8, 2016, 2:30PM, Paul Robeson Gallery

Presentations by:
Julieta Salgado, Photographer, "...We Say Fight Back!" exhibit in Robeson Gallery Orbit I
Denise Lupita Romero, Field organizer, Brandworkers International
Jijian Voronka, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Women's and Gender Studies


One-Man Play by Daniel Beaty: EMERGENCY


Monday, February 8

4PM, Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center

Free and open to the public. There will be a talkback and reception following the show.


A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending NY into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration in this explosive solo tour de force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. Daniel Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters including a homeless man, a scientist, a republican business executive, a street vendor, and an 11-year old boy from the projects who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, Emergency weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free.

Sponsored by The Collaboratory, The LENS, Paul Robeson Campus Center and The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and Women's and Gender Studies.



Define American: A Conversation about Race and Immigration with Jose Antonio Vargas

Thursday, February 4, 2015

Join us for the first installament of our three-part series as we welcome Pultizer Prize-Winning Jounralist and Immigrant Rights Advocate JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS, Jose will be showing clops from his two documentaries, "White People" (2015) and the acclaimed "Documented" (2013) and engaging in a discussion about current issues surrounding race, immigration and privilege in the U.S.

Law School, 4-6PM


Notes for My Homeland screening at the Black Maria Film Festival

Thursday, February 4

Notes for My Homeland - Black Maria Film Festival’s, Jury’s Select—1st Prize

Screening: New Jersey City University- Gothic Lounge-Hepburn Hall, 8PM


Krueger Scott Exhibit Opens at Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library Celebrates Black History with Programs and Exhibit 

We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration

Exhibition and Programs: February 4- April 9, 2016
Location: Newark Public Library - Main Library, 2nd Floor Gallery
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9AM-5:30PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9AM-8:30PM

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 6PM-8PM
Keynote speaker: John Franklin, Senior Manager Office of External Affairs, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian in Washington D.C.  

Closing Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6PM-8PM, Auditorium


World Premiere of A Real-Life Drama: "Numbers"

Numbers (Cifras) is a drama about a small fishing boat in the Mediterranean Sea that picks up the passengers of a stranded migrant boat.  Once they're on board it becomes clear that there's not enough food to handle the refugees, because no port will accept them, and a ridiculous bureaucratic nightmare ensues. This script is straight from today’s global headlines. 


December 2nd, 3rd (Honors Colloquium), 4th, 5th @ 7:00 pm

December 6th @ 2:30 pm

Jim Wise Theatre, Kupfrian Hall, NJIT Campus


'Distinctively Different from Other Negroes': Muslim as Outlaw in Early Nineteenth-Century America

"Beyond Islamophobia" Series Presents R.A. Judy

Thursday, November 19, 4:00PM-5:30PM
Place: Dana Room, Dana Librar


Inaugural Lourdes Casal Lecture

Roberto Zurbano is an essayist, cultural critic, anti-racist activist and researcher at the Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba.

“El Baile de los Elefantes”: Five Challenges for Inserting the African Diaspora into Cuba-U.S. Relations 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2:30 p.m. 
15 Washington, Newark, NJ 07102


The Talk: Every Single Word

Every Single Word is a video series that edits down popular films to only the words spoken by people of color. The result: videos that
often have less than a minute of run time. 

Mr. Marron will speak on his experience as an actor who has regularly been courted by talent agents and then told that there would be a scarcity of work for "his type."

He will cover the importance of representation, the consequences of symbolic annihilation, and the importance of everyoneseeing their reflection in popular stories that claim to be universal.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:00PM-7:00PM 
Rutgers-Newark Paul Robeson Campus Center, Monmouth 237



Newest Americans Pop-Up Event

​Please join us to celebrate the first year of Newest Americans ​and to preview what we have in store for year two. ​Performances will include standup comedy, live music, poetry readings and video previews. Free Admission. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, ​7:00pm-9:00pm​
Essex Room – Room 231, Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102

See poster here.


Writing Newark in Different Tongues

Bilingual Reading and Booksigning with Ironbound Authors

João S Martins, author of Ferry Street Rua da Palavra
Hugo dos Santos, author of Ironbound: A Blog

Monday October 26, 2016, 2:30-4:00pm
The Dana Room, Fourth Floor of Dana Library
185 University Ave, Newark, NJ
Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, the Center for Migration and the Global City, Latin@ Studies Working Group. Poster Art by Fernando Silva.


Shared Sentences: Public Humanities Takes on Mass Incarceration

The United States incarcerates more people, and more people of color, than ever in its history. This happened in just in the last few decades – but it has deep roots. What’s the role of the public humanities in this national crisis? Students at 20 universities, in collaboration with people directly affected by the prison system, are collaborating to build a national traveling public project on histories and current realities of incarceration. Along the way, they’re engaging in a national dialogue on why the past matters for the present, and how public humanities can confront social issues.

Monday, October 26, 2015
Lecture: 5:30-6:30pm, Reception: 6:30-7:15pm
Dana Room, 4th Floor, Dana Library

185 University Ave, Newark, NJ


"A Secret History" featuring Laila Lalami

"Beyond Islamophobia" Series
"A Secret History" featuring Laila Lalami
Many people assume that Muslims are latecomers to America, recent arrivals who’ve grafted themselves into an already thriving country. In fact, Muslims have been part of America since before it became a nation. In this talk, Laila Lalami will discuss history, its transmissionand how fiction can help us fill in some of its many gaps and silences. A book signing will follow the event.

October 8, 2015, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Engelhard Hall, 2nd Floor, Esterly Lounge
190 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102


End the Quota Rally at Elizabeth Detention Center

Support H.R. 2808 which prohibits guaranteed profits to private prisons. Protest both the federal quota
that exists in the federal budget appropriation and the local quota that exists in individual contracts.

See here for details in both English and Spanish

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:00AM-12:00 Noon
Elizabeth Detention Center, 625 Evans Street, Elizabeth, NJ