Funded initially by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden has developed a multi-centered and highly collaborative approach that brings new vitality to humanities research, programming, training, and communication. Transcending jurisdictional as well as disciplinary boundaries, this effort aims to tap the region’s rich intellectual and cultural resources to forge new strategies for understanding and communicating the nature of the places where we live and their inheritance. We seek to make the whole of the Mid-Atlantic humanities community larger than just the sum of its parts and thus to contribute to civic revitalization.
We use our university base to offer on-site teaching and training opportunities. We consider such training an essential element in preparing and encouraging the next generation of scholars, cultural administrators, archivists, and teachers to enter public humanities work. In addition to identifying new resources for preparing graduate students to enter public humanities fields, we develop projects and services to prepare a range of constituents, from high school and university teachers to life-long learners, including tourists, to take better advantage of existing cultural resources.
Through demonstration projects and cooperation with regional organizations and humanities professionals, MARCH seeks to be a catalyst for change and to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Center:
- Advances understanding and appreciation of regional identity through research, training, communication, and public programming;
- Connects humanities organizations to each other and to their communities;
- Informs discourse among policymakers, educators, community leaders, and the media; and
- Communicates a meaningful sense of place to create a picture of the Mid-Atlantic region as a locus of American diversity, past and present.
Understanding the Past
By helping to preserve and interpret the region’s rich heritage, MARCH strengthens community identity, educates visitors, and inspires residents.
Enriching the Present
By documenting regional life in the present and stimulating investment in the humanities, MARCH encourages blending cultural resources protection and economic revitalization.
Building the Future
By training the next generation of humanities professionals, scholars, and the donor community, MARCH supports long-term, sustainable achievement.
Find us in Armitage Hall, Room B-33 (opposite the Financial Aid Office).
Charlene Mires, Director
Professor, Department of History
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
429 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1403
Email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Historian in Residence and Co-Editor of The Public Historian
Camden, NJ 08102
Tyler Hoffman, Associate Director
Professor, Department of English
Camden, NJ 08102
Christian Malatesta, Digital Media Assistant
Joshua Lisowski, Programs Assistant (Spring 2015)
Sharon Smith, Secretary, Department of History at Rutgers-Camden
Cross Ties Website
- Linda Shopes, Contributing Editor
- Bloggers: Levi Fox, Gregory Hansard, Shan Holt, and Michelle Moravec
- Hosted by Rutgers-Camden
- Howard Gillette
- Morris J. Vogel
Founding Regional Advisory Council
- V. Chapman-Smith, National Archives and Records Administration, Mid-Atlantic Region
- Sara Cureton, New Jersey Historical Commission
- Nancy Davis, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
- Joan Hoge-North, Hagley Museum and Library
- Sharon Ann Holt, Sandy Spring Museum (Md.)
- Melissa McLoud, Independent Historian (Md.)
- Linda Norris, Riverhill Partners (N.Y.)
- Jan Seidler Ramirez, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum
- Timothy Slavin, Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs
- Christine W. Ward, New York State Archives
- Stephanie G. Wolf, McNeil Center, University of Pennsylvania
Miller Lecture Committee (1999-2015)
- John Alviti
- Allen Davis
- Howard Gillette
- Naomi Miller