Upcoming Events

  • "Presenting the Queer Past: Many Perspectives, Many Options, Many Questions," a talk by Dr. Sue Ferentinos. 5:30pm. October 26, 2017. Dana Room, 4th Floor Dana Library, 185 University Avenue.
In the United States, mainstream discussion of the history of same-sex love and desire is still relatively uncommon, although that fact is rapidly changing. Spurred on by growing social acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and the federal government’s nationwide LGBTQ Heritage Initiative, more and more museums and historic sites are introducing queer topics into their programming and exhibitions. This interactive talk will offer an overview of recent efforts in this area, as well as considering some ongoing challenges for bringing the queer past to a wide audience. Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant, specializing in inclusive interpretation and historic preservation. Her current projects include a survey of potential National Historic Landmarks related to LGBTQ history in the northeast; a National Register nomination for the home of sexologist Alfred Kinsey; and consulting with the Stonewall National Monument on the historical significance of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Dr. Ferentinos is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield), which won the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History.
  • Newark Transgender History with local pioneer Miss Pucci Revlon. 6:00-7:30 pm. October 25, 2017. Ackerson Hall (Dean's Lounge), Rutgers University-Newark, 180 University Avenue. Miss Pucci Revlon was born in Newark in the late 1950s and has lived here for most of her life, living her truth as a transwoman since late high school. Miss Pucci attended Essex County College, which like most of Newark she found a safe and welcoming place, aside from one dramatic confrontation with a gay-bashing gang. On Wednesday, October 25, hear Miss Pucci elaborate on queer Newark clubs and the multiracial, multilingual community she grew up, as well as her memories of the North Jersey/NYC ballroom scene. After Miss Pucci’s talk, this event will also feature the debut of the Pucci Revlon Photo Archive, now housed by the Queer Newark Oral History Project ( 
  • "Radical Roots of Public History: Social Justice Activism Within the Historical Landscape," a talk on public history and social justice with Dr. Denise Meringolo. October 5, 2017. 5:30 PM. Rutgers University-Newark, Dana Room, Dana Library,185 University Avenue


In this talk, Dr. Denise Meringolo identifies a different, less well-documented history of social justice activism among historians. She will focus on those who understood the practices of collecting, preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the past as entirely compatible with –even necessary for—productive political discourse, and embraced the potential of their work to promote social justice. Drawing on her research and collaborative work on projects like Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, an online digital repository on the protests against police brutality that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015, Meringolo will identify how historical inquiry has been put to the task of advancing change. She will raise important questions about the nature, limitations, and conditions of social justice oriented historical work. And, she will ask us to consider the ways in which the invisibility of this history has prevented us from fully theorizing civic engagement as a core practice of historical professionalism.

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