Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JUDITH JAMISON

Wednesday, February 28
7:00 p.m.
Skyline Room, NJCU School of Business

FREE with RSVP

An evening with icon Judith Jamison - dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director Emeritus of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a dancer, Ms. Jamison became one of modern dance's great performers and she was appointed Artistic Director of the company in 1989 at the request of Alvin Ailey, himself. She will reflect on her life and the importance of the arts in our culture.

Ms. Jamison's appearance is presented in partnership with NJCU's Hagan Africana Studies Center and part of the University’s Black History month celebration.

AN EVENING WITH PARVEZ HUSSEIN SHARMA

Thursday, April 12
7:00 p.m.
Skyline Room, NJCU School of Business

$25 / $20 NJCU students (includes a copy of A Sinner in Mecca)

NJCU Center for the Arts and the Jersey City Free Public Library welcome filmmaker and author Parvez Hussein Sharma, in conversation with NJCU Professor Chris Cunningham. In his award-winning film A Sinner in Mecca, and the new book of the same name, Sharma documents his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca as an openly gay Muslim. Join us as we screen part of the film and hear from the author. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DAVID LEVENTHAL, 
Program Director of Dance for Parkinson's Disease (Dance for PD​®)

Tuesday, April 17
Presentation: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Class: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City

FREE with RSVP

A growing body of scientific research by major university research centers points to the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease. Launched as a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Dance for PD has developed internationally acclaimed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s in New York City and through a network of partners in more than 24 countries. 

Founding instructor and Program Director David Leventhal will present on Dance for PD, using it as a case study for looking at the intersection of arts and science. A guest speaker at universities around the world, Leventhal also teaches a pioneering, dance-based course at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Leventhal's presentation will be followed by a dance class specifically for people with Parkinson's.

 
 
 

 

For Artists and Arts Organizations 

 

Social Media Bootcamp with Jamie Benson

Wednesday, March 7
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business

FREE with RSVP

Dive into an intensive, hand-on workshop on effectively using social media, geared specifically towards individual artists and small arts organizations, with marketing expert Jamie Benson.

 

The Art of Board Development

Wednesday, May 16
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business

FREE with RSVP

A supportive board of directors is behind almost every successful non-profit. Building a Board and keeping them engaged and on track is work – but well worth the effort! This panel will provide you with insights from non-profit arts administrators of failures and successes towards “getting the board onboard.”

 

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