Author David Friedman will deliver a free public lecture on his latest book Wilde In America: Oscar Wilde and The Invention of Modern Celebrity, which details Wilde’s American lecture tour of 1882. The talk will be presented in coordination with the theater program’s spring production of Wilde’s most famous play, "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Howard Gillette, a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers–Camden, will host an in-person workshop. Gillette specializes in modern U.S. history, with a special interest in urban and regional development. He is the author of the books Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities from the Garden City to the New Urbanism, and Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City, which received best book awards from the Urban History Association and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
"Broken on all Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.,'" a documentary about the history and causes of mass incarceration in the United States, how systemic racism impacts criminal justice, and ways to change the system, will be shown. Free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by the School of Social Work.
Christa Galvin, director of volunteer and community outreach for The Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community of South Camden, will lead guests on a tour of the center. The Neighborhood Center, whose mission is to create a “community living room,” provides many resources for its South Camden neighborhood, including daycare, afterschool care, a teen program, and a community kitchen that serves lunch 365 days a year.