Events, October 12 – 31, 2021

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October 12 – 24, 2021 Princeton Environmental Film Festival (PEFF)

Princeton Public Library has 34 films (features and shorts) with one in-person screening  at the library on Oct. 15.  The PEFF home page has a catalog of films and FAQ page on how to use the virtual platform Eventive. The films will be available to view on demand and as always, admission is free. There are also new book lists with reading recommendations for all ages.  Films that may be of specific interest to NIOT :

October 12, 2021, 6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. Reimagining Technology Fall Series: Book Roundtable, “Technovernacular Creativity & Innovation” by Nettrice Gaskins

Roundtable on Nettrice Gaskins’ new book, Technovernacular Creativity and Innovation (MIT Press 2021) with panelists Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Digital Worlds Institute, University of Florida) Ayodamola Okunseinde (Interaction and Media Design, The New School / Parsons School of Design), and Stephanie Dinkins (Staller Center for the Arts, Stoney Brook University), moderated by Ruha Benjamin. Click here to register for the Zoom link.

October 14, 2021 The Long March for Justice

March to Trenton for Police Accountability, Social Justice, and Economic Progress is expected to arrive around 12 Noon in Princeton this Thursday, October 14. The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA), Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, and Princeton Mutual Aid are co-organizing the Princeton portion of the March, which began in Montclair last Friday, October 8, and is a total of 67 miles long. Lawrence Hamm, the President of the March’s primary sponsor, the Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress (POP), is attempting to walk the entire route.

  • A 12 Noon Rally at the Main Gate of Princeton University at the intersection of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets
  • Then march to the Paul Robeson Center at the corner of Witherspoon and Paul Robeson Place for a 12:30 Rally 
  • Finally march to the Plaza next to the Princeton municipal complex at 400 Witherspoon Street for a concluding Rally at 1:30 PM, which will focus on support for a Civilian Review Board for Princeton. RSVP for the 12:30 Rally at Paul Robeson Center described below by emailing  so we know what size speaker system we will need.

October 14, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. National Critical Race Theory Teach-InWhat Faculty Need to Know about Classroom Censorship Laws

The African American Policy Forum presents opening message from Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, followed by a panel with Professors Emily Houh, Valerie Johnson, and Jennifer Ruth. Preselect breakout session by October 13.  Click here to register by October 13, 2021

October 14, 21, 28, 2021 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. What White People Can Do About Racism, Part 1
Click here for additional information and here to register. Cost $125.00.
October 14, 2021 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Black Voices Book Group
The group is discussing The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett.  All are welcome. This group meets via ‘Google Meet‘ which works best using the Chrome internet browser.
October 15 – 22, 2021 The Long Shadow (110 minutes)
The Long Shadow follows former CNN Senior Producer, TED contributor, and Emmy-Award winning Director Frances Causey as she traces her family’s legacy of white privilege, placing it in the context of the history of anti-black racism in the United States that began with slavery and continues to impact our society today.”  Click here to view the movie for free and here to RSVP for the Q&A on October 20 at 8 p.m. with the director and panelists Dr. Gerald Horne, Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston, and LaTonya Lawson-Jones, Co-Founder and Project Director of The Nomini Hall Slave Legacy Project.
October 16, 2021 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Engage Princeton, Civic Engagement Opportunities, Princeton Shopping Center
Visit the Not in Our Town Princeton information table.  Learn about our work.  Turn the social justice question wheel to test your knowledge.

October 16, 2021 A Transformative Evening with Dr. Bernice A. King

6:30–7:15 p.m. VIP — Virtual Reception with Dr. Bernice A. King;
7:30 p.m. Virtual Event. The Princeton Senior Resource Center’s fall fundraiser event. To purchase tickets, click here.
October 17, 2021 Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Lost Souls Pubic Memorial Project Walk and Learn (Municipal Pond, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Dr., East Brunswick, NJ)
Learn about the Lost Souls Pubic Memorial Project through posters, artifacts, and artwork planted around the Municipal Pond’s Walking Trail.  For more information email
October 18, 2021 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. AAPI Voices, Past and Present
Alison Roh Park and Angel Velasco Shaw lead an interdisciplinary exploration of Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences in the United States. Access the event through the Princeton Public Library’s Crowdcast channel. Click “Save my spot!” to register.
October 20, 2021 11:30 a.m. Philadelphia Story: Abolitionists, Indian Removal, and the Price of Denial
Paul Chaat Smith will discuss the intersection of two powerful social movements of the 1830s and the unlikely alliance between Cherokee slaveowners and leading abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison.  Click here to register. $10.00  –  General Admission with Suggested Donation.  Free  –  General Admission no Donation
October 22, 2021 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Beneath the Floor Boards: Whispers of the Enslaved at Marlpit Hall. (Monmouth County Historical Association, 127 Kings Hwy., Middletown NJ 07748)
Exhibition preview. Opening on October 23. “This exhibition is the first major development stemming from the Living and Breathing initiative, started in late 2019 as a means of reinterpreting MCHA’s colonial-era historic houses to include the stories of the enslaved African Americans who once resided within them. The exhibition will offer a better understanding of how slavery took root in early Monmouth County, as well as the complex dynamics of daily life and relationships among the enslaved. “Hours of Operation: Thursday 4-8 pm, Friday through Sunday 12-5 pm
October 23, 2021 4:00 p.m. The Chilocco History Project:A Century of Stories from a Federal Native American Boarding School
Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder, Dr. Lisa Lynn Brooks, and Sarah Milligan will share their experience working on the Chilocco History Project, a project collecting oral histories about Chilocco Indian Agricultural School, located in north central Oklahoma, that operated from 1884 -1980.  They will also speak about developing curricula for teaching this often-forgotten history to elementary and upper-level school students.  Click here to join the Zoom program.

October 23 – November 6, 2021 Sugar Skull! A Virtual Día de Muertos Adventure

A joyful bilingual  30 minute digital theater experience that delves into the rich traditions of Día de Muertos to deepen audiences’ understanding of Mexican and Latin American culture. Featuring regional dances of Mexico, colorful costumes, and traditional music. Age 3+. $10 Tickets will go on sale October 23 through McCarter Theatre. The show will be available to stream anytime, anywhere between then and November 6. In-Person watch party at the Arts Council of Princeton Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  Click here to register.

October 24, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Soil Collection in Remembrance of Samuel “Mingo Jack” Johnson (Wampum Park, Hwy 35 & West Street, Eatontown)

The New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative will host a soil collection event at the site of the only documented lynching in New Jersey in 1886.  For more information or to contribute to the project email

October 24, 2021 4:00 p.m. African Ancestry -Trace Your DNA, Find Your Roots

The Trent House Association in partnership with the Greater Trenton branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) hosts an introduction to African Ancestry.  African Ancestry uses an individual’s DNA, collected in a simple at-home procedure, to analyze DNA to identify the countries and ethnic groups in the mother’s family line for people of African descent.  This free program is offered in-person at the Trent House and on Zoom.  Click here for required pre-registration.

October 26, 2021 5:00 p.m. How We Got Here: Slavery and the Making of the Modern Police State

Talk by Dr. Leslie Alexander, with introductory remarks from Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow. This talk is the inaugural event of the series Insurgent Intersections: Combating Global Anti-Blackness. Click here to register.

October 27, 2021 6:00 p.m. Anna Arabindan-Kesson & Chika Okeke-Agulu Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Commerce, and Cotton in the Atlantic World

In Black Bodies, White Gold, Anna Arabindan-Kesson uses cotton, a commodity central to the slave trade and colonialism, as a focus for new interpretations of the way art, commerce, and colonialism were intertwined in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. Co-sponsored by Labyrinth Books and Princeton University’s African American Studies Department. Register here for this online event.

October 27, 2021 7:30 p.m. Adding AAPI Studies to Your School’s Curriculum

Panel of speakers is presented by Make Us Visible NJ. Click here to register. The link for the event will be sent out to registrants at 10 am on October 27.

October 27, November 3, 10 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Transforming White Organizational Culture

Learn how organizational culture embodies white cultural values, practices, norms, and expectations. Click here for additional information and here to register. Cost $125.00.

October 27, 2021 8:00 p.m. Stranger Justice: The Multiple Legacies of the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas Hearings

The program will “analyze the intersectional failures that granted Clarence Thomas his seat on the Supreme Court and reflect on the conservative project that his confirmation empowered.” With African American Policy Forum executive director Kimberlé Crenshaw, Jill Abramson, senior lecturer at Harvard University and former executive editor of The New York Times, Paul Butler, Georgetown U. professor of law, Matt Ford, author and staff writer at The New Republic; Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College professor of women’s studies, and University of Michigan law professor Catharine MacKinnon. Click here to register.

October 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Recognizing and Celebrating New Jersey’s African American Heritage

This Sankofa Collaborative program is a live event to be held on the premises of Grounds For Sculpture and will showcase a list of places that represent the contributions of African American individuals, communities, and organizations that have contributed to the rich history of New Jersey.  NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022.

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