Young American Muslims: Faith, Country, and Community @ Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Muslims have been a part of Pennsylvania’s cultural fabric for hundreds of years. How have their experiences evolved in the state’s ever-changing landscape? In an evening of art and dialogue, young American Muslims from diverse backgrounds will explore a meaningful path toward a more united community.

Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference 2018 “Revolutionary Nonviolence in Violent Times” @ Arcadia University
Sep 27 @ 7:00 am – Sep 30 @ 10:00 pm

The 2018 conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association will be hosted by the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at Arcadia University in Glenside/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will run from September 28-30 2018, with full day pre-conference events and a keynote September 27.

Both today and fifty years ago, violence and nonviolence were used as tactics as well as strategies. One might argue progress towards peace evades us. It isn’t particularly clear how to bring about sustainable change and progress. Are our notions and definitions of what constitutes violence and nonviolence oversimplified? What exactly has changed, if anything? What does revolutionary nonviolence, pacifism, and militancy look like then compared to now? How do we understand these terms and definitions today? How is revolutionary nonviolence expressed, practiced or utilized in this current political environment? What lessons and ideas still resonate? From the passive to the coercive, and from the Gandhian to the guerrilla, what are effective means of struggle today, and how are they different from the past?

Preservation Issues Round Table @ Landis Theater
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Preservation New Jersey and the Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission for a discussion of topics impacting the historic preservation field and the historic resources of Southern New Jersey.

Hot topics include:

  • Matthew R. Litt, Esq., Pasternock Apell, PC
    Camden City and Gentrification: Development at the Cost of Community Identity?
    : Despite being identified as “among the most architecturally distinguished early twentieth century school buildings in the state” by the State Historic Preservation Office, the Camden High School is currently being demolished to make room for a $133 million high school construction project.  The influx of interest and new development within Camden is spotlighting the challenges of rapid development being unresponsive to the interests and identity of local communities.  Camden epitomizes this challenge, with a deficiency of historic sites representing the African-American and historically immigrant communities of the city.
  • Janet L. Sheridan. Principal, Down Jersey Heritage Research, LLC
    Patterned Brick Architecture: The Need for Documentation of South Jersey Resources
    : Patterned brick houses are made with various patterns in the brickwork accentuated by the vitrified color contrast resulting from the brickmaking process.  A largely colonial period of design, South Jersey contains the highest concentration of such architecture in the United States. With over 350 individual pattern brick structures identified to date, a surprising number of these examples are no longer extant and many more are currently threatened.
  • Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, Watson & Henry Associates,  Preservation Architects & Engineers
    Rising Tides and Climate Change: An Existing and Future Threat to South Jersey’s Historic Resources
    : With sea levels expected to rise 3 to 5 feet by the end of the century and with ever more damaging and intense storms and rainfall, many historic resources which have survived hurricanes, floods and more over centuries are now experiencing threats they may not be able to survive.  Flooding basements and mechanical systems, saltwater intrusion, and tides rising above historical high-points require new standards for resiliency of historic resources which raise fundamental questions of a buildings historical integrity.  This challenge is particularly prescient to New Jersey, as sea level rise is happening faster for the state due to the added attribute of land subsidence (sinking).
BMore Historic Unconference @ Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is an opportunity to connect with local historians, humanities scholars, preservation advocates, museum professionals, archivists, and anyone interested in exploring the vital intersections between people, places and the past in Baltimore and Maryland. We’re bringing people together and you set the agenda.

Historians, preservationists, museum professionals, archivists and librarians and anyone who is excited about historic places are welcome. This event is not limited just to scholars or professionals. Students, volunteer preservation activists, Main Street board members, museum docents, educators and others are all encouraged to register and attend.

Exhibit Opening: The Spanish Lady in the City of Brotherly Love: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 @ Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHRC) 6740 Roosevelt Blvd
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Description: To mark the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish Flu, CHRC is hosting an opening reception for its new exhibit “The Spanish Lady in the City of Brotherly Love: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919.” The exhibit examines the effect of the flu on the city and the work by the nuns and seminarians to help combat it. The event will included a behind the scenes tour of the CHRC’s new location and a reception, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

CHRC has a large free parking lot for all visitors located off of Calvert Street.

William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture @ Library Company of Philadelphia
Oct 5 @ 8:15 am – 5:00 pm

William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture explores the visual, cultural, and social themes elicited from the work of Philadelphia artist William Birch (1755-1834) in celebration of the anniversary of VCP.  The symposium in collaboration with William Birch, Ingenious Artist: His Life, His Philadelphia Views, and His Legacy aims to promote broad discussions on the continual resonance in American visual culture of the work of this premier enamel miniaturist, aspiring gentleman, and artist of the first American viewbooks.

What can be learned from works conceived and executed by a non-native artist parallel to constantly (and infinitely) evolving fields and definitions of art, and means of art production, distribution, innovation, and appreciation?


Public Scholars Project: The Color Line on the Baseball Diamond @ Paterson Public Library
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Have you considered the black part of the nation’s favorite pastime? What black baseball in America meant, including pioneers like Jackie Robinson and the rich relationships in “Blackball” during America’s era of segregation, across the nation and in New Jersey is a multifaceted narrative. During this session, a robust conversation, an account by a veteran Negro Leaguer, a rendition of an “iconic” baseball poem “K.C at the Bat” by its author, Kevin Kane, and selections from the documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson” will further participants’ understanding.

Public Scholars Project: What’s the Verdict? @ Margaret E. Heggen Free Public Library
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Each year, the Supreme Court receives 9,000-10,000 case petitions for certiorari (consideration) and less than 1% are reviewed. The cases chosen are significant. In this session, participants are encouraged to consider some of the pending cases before the Court. Through an examination of texts and documents participants can, with the guidance of prompting questions, consider and discuss the contemporary political and moral concerns raised by what’s on the Supreme Court docket.

Public Scholars Project: the New Jersey Cranberry @ Cranford Public Library
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bounce berry, bitter berry, marsh apple – did you know that these are all names for the cranberry? One of the few fruits indigenous to North America, the cranberry has been an important crop for our state since the 19th century. But these tart berries were essential even before then, as the Native Americans were using cranberries as food, medicine, and dyes long before the white man arrived. Between the Jersey cranberry cultivation and culinary contributions, the history of the cranberry in the Garden State has a bite that’s worth exploring.

Public Scholars Project: Springsteen and his Layered Lyrics @ Glen Rock Municipal Building
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Bruce Springsteen expects attentiveness of his listeners. How do we know this? Over the past 50 years, Springsteen has written songs and created music that have been experienced by countless fans. But many don’t know the extent to which his work has been influenced by the American folk tradition. Through experimental reinterpretation and the creation of new traditions, The Boss has worked within known folk traditions, but at the same time, created new sounds and messages. In this session, participants can learn about some of the works that have influenced one of Jersey’s most celebrated musical artists.