Past Events


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DIALOGO: Latinos in Higher Education

Wednesday, February 1,  7 PM 
Douglass Lounge, DCC
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Featuring RU professor Ebelia Hernandez (Graduate School of Education) and doctoral candidates Milagros Castillo (Columbia University), Delmy Lendof, and Rossana Reyes (Rutgers University), this panel will discuss a range of factors impacting Latino students success in higher education.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Programming.

FILM: Money Matters, with director Ryan Richmond

Friday, February 3,  8 PM 
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ

MONEY MATTERS is a coming-of-age story about a 14 year-old biracial girl, Monique Matters, as she tries to navigate faith and sexuality questions of adolescence, a dysfunctional single-mother household and the rough waters of our nation's capital's best kept secret -- the inner city.  Monique never knew her father, and as her mother's disturbing past comes to light, she must somehow reconcile the relationships and circumstances surrounding her very existence.

Join us for a conversation with director Ryan Richmond after the film.
Sponsored by the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes and the Office of the Dean of Douglass Residential College.

Presented as part of the On Screen/In Person Film Series, made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

EXHIBITION: Images of Loss and Memory—Paintings by Magda Luccioni

February 6 through March 30 
Reception with the artist on Tuesday, February 7, 4:30-6:30 PM
CLAC at 122 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Rhythmic calls from Puerto Rico’s drums.  An urgency to recapture lost time. The joy of giving art. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Magda Luccioni is a self-taught artist based in South Plainfield, NJ whose recent work focuses on the music and dance traditions of bomba and plena and the spirituality of the Orishas, sacred deities brought by Yoruban peoples to Puerto Rico.


This three-part series is sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Department of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Women of Color Scholars Initiative.

Thursday, February 9, 7 PM
Douglass Campus Center, NJC Lounge
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
PAPERS follows the personal stories of five undocumented students and the national grassroots movement working to pass the DREAM Act. Featuring expert commentary from political, academic and civil rights leaders across the nation, the film situates the fight for the DREAM Act within the history of America’s most important civil rights struggles. 
Join us for a conversation after the film with director Anne Galisky, RU Eagleton Institute of Politics researcher Anastasia Mann and Marisol Conde-Hernandez of the New Jersey Dream Act Coalition.


Thursday, February 16, 7 PM
Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall A
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE interweaves the transformative stories of students in the Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program at Tucson High School in Arizona, a national model for students graduating from high school and attending college. In 2010, Arizona enacted HB 2281, a law that prohibits school districts from offering courses designed for a particular ethnic group or that advócate ethnic solidarity. An ensuing legal battle questions the constitutionality of the law and its use to target the MAS program in Tucson.
Join us for a conversation after the film with director Eren McGinnis  and Rutgers professors Ebelia HernandezDan Battey and Nora Hyland of the Graduate School of Education.


Thursday, February 23, 7 PM
Douglass Campus Center, NJC Lounge
100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
Some 100,000 unaccompanied immigrant minors cross the U.S.-Mexico border. At any given time, an average of 700 unaccompanied minors are being detained by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. Some of these children come to the United States seeking asylum, others hope to be reunited with family members, and all are simply in search of a better future for themselves.  CHILDREN IN NO MAN’S LAND focuses on the lives of two of these children, who are willing to risk it all for a chance at a new life in the United States.
Join us for a conversation after the film with director Anayansi Prado, RU Anthropology profesor Rocio Magaña, and Lorgia Garcia Peña of the University of Georgia.

READING: Pursuing Liberty: A Reading by Giannina Braschi

Wednesday, February 29, 7 PM 
Graduate Student Lounge, CAC
126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

Giannina Braschi is one of Puerto Rico’s most influential and versatile writers of poetry, fiction and essays. In her new explosive work of fiction, United States of Banana, Braschi explores the cultural and political journey of nearly 50 million Hispanic Americans living in the United States. Set at the Statue of Liberty in post-9/11 New York City, the novel imagines an unexpected power shift of far reaching implications that occurs when Puerto Rico becomes the fifty-first state and the United States grants American passports to all Latin American citizens.
Reception with the artist at 6 PM at the CLAC.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Undergraduate Education, the Dean of College Avenue Campus, Spanish & Portuguese, Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women.