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.
October 14, 2021 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. National Critical Race Theory Teach-In: What 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 16, 2021 A Transformative Evening with Dr. Bernice A. King
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 email@example.com.
October 24, 2021 4:00 p.m. African Ancestry -Trace Your DNA, Find Your Roots
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
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.
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.
For centuries, dominant narratives of American history have obscured the experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. This program features Alison Roh Park and Angel Velasco Shaw as they use cross-disciplinary lenses including poetry, multimedia, personal narrative and history to illuminate these stories, offering a platform for exploration of AAPI identity and representation over time. This event coincides with the anniversary of the earliest known arrival of Filipinx people on what is now known as American soil on Oct. 18, 1587. A conversation between the speakers and Q&A with audience members will follow the presentations.
Meribah Knight, Nashville Public Radio, and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica undertook investigative reporting of the juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Their article describes the actions of Judge Donna Scott Davenport who “oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.” Her system snared children as young as 7-years-old. Where else in this country are such hideous violations of common decency taking place? Click here to read the complete report.