Pennhurst and the Struggle for Disability Rights: A Commemoration @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Growing Garden State Stories: A Community Call to Action @ Camden Conference Center
Nov 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Imagine partnering with a newsroom that’s dedicated to your community — shining a light on what you care about most, with plenty of resources and support.

That’s the vision of the Civic Info Consortium, a proposal to unite New Jersey residents, journalists, universities and tech innovators to supportive transformative news and information projects.

Together, we’ll amplify underrepresented voices and inspire civic engagement. How? By giving you and your neighbors the information you need to participate in your community, share your perspective and vote.

This fall, state lawmakers can make this vision a reality — but they need to hear from you. Join the campaign to create the Civic Info Consortium.


It’s Not What You Think: Challenging Assumptions Through Public History @ The Graduate Center, CUNY
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Registration strongly encouraged.

Conserving Active Matter Symposium @ Bard College Lecture Hall
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day

The twenty-first century will see self-driving cars, smart textiles, self-regulating buildings, and artworks that change themselves. Some of this is already upon us. Just this summer, for instance, the New York Timesreported on scientists implanting a digital video into a bacterium’s DNA and turning a living creature, and then its numerous descendants, into a storage device. Of course, variants of this process have been with us for a long time. The human body itself could be said to pose the most acute example of “active matter”—and philosophers from diverse cultures have debated this point for millennia.

Over the next five years, Bard Graduate Center, together with the Helmholtz Center for Cultural Techniques of the Humboldt University in Berlin (Cluster Bild. Wissen. Gestaltung) and the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, will examine the specific implications of active matter for the theory and practice of conservation. A nineteenth-century science with pre-modern antecedents, conservation has long been connected to the stabilization of art and architectural objects. Some aspects of this commitment grew out of the historicizing desire to encounter the past as it was. Others related to preserving the economic value of masterworks whose market life was as important to the present and the future. Conservators have long known that matter moved, that colors changed, that solids melted into air. But now that it is precisely these features that are being adapted for aesthetic, technical, and structural purposes, will conservation as a theory and as a practice have to change? And if so, how?

“Conserving Active Matter” will explore the meaning of active matter for the field of conservation through the lenses of materials science, history, philosophy, and Indigenous ontologies that never made the assumption that matter was inactive. This symposium lays out the landscape of questions that will be the focus of subsequent seminars, conferences, courses, and fellowships, leading up to an exhibition in spring 2022.

American Historical Association Annual Meeting @ Marriott Wardman Park
Jan 4 – Jan 7 all-day
How to Reinvigorate and Sustain Your Downtown Webinar @ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Jan 30 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Why do some downtowns “work” while others decline? And, what does it really take to sustain a downtown? Regeneration Works has spent decades getting to know Canada’s downtowns and learning what makes them tick. Join this lively webinar viewing for an up-close look at successful downtown revitalization strategies.

We will be screening this webinar by the National Trust for Canada’s Regeneration Works. Admission is free and open to the public. We are located at 325 Cooper Street on Rutgers-Camden Campus, conveniently located near the PATCO High-Speed Line City Hall stop and the Cooper Street stop of the NJTransit RiverLine. There is limited metered street parking.

Interpreting Difficult History Webinar @ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Feb 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

How can we engage audiences in learning about difficult histories? These are the stories that can be upsetting, uncomfortable, and at times even shocking to learn. This session will discuss how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with sensitive strategies that offer ethical portrayals of historical Others.

Bard College Active Objects Webinar @ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Feb 14 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Museums are static but the objects they contain are not. This talk proposes some alternative means for thinking about the geography of things. It also considers challenges posed by museums, and the possibility of reanimating geographically constrained collections to tell stories of the relationship of things to place.

We will be screening this webinar, part of Bard College’s series of material culture seminars, at MARCH. Admission is free and open to the public. We are located at 325 Cooper Street on Rutgers-Camden Campus, conveniently located near the PATCO High-Speed Line City Hall stop and the Cooper Street stop of the NJTransit RiverLine. There is limited metered street parking.

Abraham Lincoln Institution Symposium @ Ford's Theater
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Event description from

The Abraham Lincoln Institute and Ford’s Theatre Society present a free full-day symposium focused on the life, career and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln, Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street NW). This event is free and open to the public. Advance registration for tickets is encouraged and available now through March 5, 2018. Day of tickets will be available on March 17 on a first-come basis.  

Noted authors and historians Anna Gibson Holloway, William C. Harris, Richard Carwardine, Stanley Harrold and Walter Stahr will discuss aspects of our 16th president’s popular memory and legacy, Lincoln’s humor, his interactions with abolitionists and his evolving vision for Emancipation. Each discussion concludes with audience questions. Authors will sign books in the Ford’s Theatre lobby following their discussions. Books are available for sale at the Ford’s Theatre Gift Shop.

Speakers Include:

  • Anna Gibson Holloway: ‘It Strikes Me There’s Something In It’: Lincoln, the Monitor, and Popular Memory
  • William C. Harris: Lincoln, Congress, and the Cabinet Crisis of 1862
  • Richard Carwardine: Abraham Lincoln’s Humor: A Double-Edged Sword
  • Stanley Harrold: Lincoln and the Abolitionists
  • Walter Stahr: Stanton, the Lincoln Assassination, the Aftermath
Planning Successful Exhibitions Webinar @ Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Every exhibition is different. It’s not easy to get it right. Let’s explore some exhibitions and have fun learning from their failures! Then we’ll look at 10 key principles that provide the foundation for a successful exhibition. The presentation will focus on practical solutions that work for every museum and gallery regardless of mission or size.