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The Art of Comics and Illustration - A Panel Discussion

Comic Panel

Featuring artists Taylor Sterling '10 (RAE Comics), NJCU Professor Dennis Dittrich (Past President of the Society of Illustrators), and Tom Daly (Simon & Schuster),
Moderated by writer Edie Nugent

Sunday, January 31: 3pm
Virtual Event
Free with RSVP

Have you ever wanted to be a comic book artist or book illustrator? We've gathered some of the best artists for an afternoon of conversation and art. Join us for an inside look at the world of creation, publishing and promotion to fans! 

The Roads to Publishing: A Conversation with NJCU Graduates

A Pile of books on a table in a library

(Originally live streamed on 11/24/20) Join us for a discussion with three talented writers / NJCU Graduates, Chloe DeFilippis, Angel Eduardo, Natasha Persaud. This discussion will be moderated by Edvige Giunta.

All The Stories We Must Tell: A Conversation with Krystal A. Sital

Krystal Sital standing in a lake

(Originally live streamed on 11/19/20) This Conversation with Krystal A. Sital was led by Edvige Giunta. Sital is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad. Her essay, “Undocumented Lovers in America”, was featured in the anthology A Map Is Only One Story: Twenty Writers on Immigration, Family, and the Meaning of Home and another essay “Feminist Role Model” was featured in the anthology Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences in the Trump Era.

A Conversation with Nancy Savoca

Nancy Savoca smiling into a microphone

(Originally live streamed on 9/17/2020) A Conversation with Writer-Director Nancy Savoca led by Edvige Giunta. Savoca's debut film, TRUE LOVE, won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Spirit Award for Best Director. Savoca co-wrote all 3 segments of HBO’s IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, with Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek and Cher, and directed the segments starring Moore and Spacek. 

The Child on the Page: A Conversation with Nancy Caronia

Nancy Caronia Smiling

(Originally live streamed on 10/29/20) This conversation with Nancy Caronia was led by Edvige Giunta. Nancy Caronia is Associate Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University. A Pushcart Prize-nominated author, Caronia has published her creative work in The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women on Food and Culture, Don't Tell Mama!: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, and many journals including, Ovunque Siamo, New Delta Review, Lowestoft Chronicles, and BioStories.

Jersey City Theater Center and NJCU present workshop "Diving Deep Into Critical Process for Drafts of a Play"

Blue Sewing Machine

(Live streamed on 10/12/2020) Stephanie Chaiken, Director of the NJCU Center for the Arts, moderates a panel and workshop with Benjamin V. Marshall and Julie Weinberg of the 9th Floor Playwrights Collective, and Marc Dalio, NJCU - Area Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies & Professor of Voice.  For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Theatre & Dance Page.

A Conversation with Rashad Wright, Poet Laureate of Jersey City 

Rashad Wright

(Originally Live Streamed on 10/13/20) A conversation and performance with Rashad Wright moderated by Edvige Giunta. In 2018 Rashad Wright became Poet Laureate of Jersey City at age 24, the first poet to receive the title since 2004. He graduated from New Jersey City University, where he studied creative writing and was involved in the Peers Educating Peers (PEP) program as a certified peer educator. For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Literary Arts Page.

Professor Winifred McNeill's Virtual Artist Talk

Winifred McNeill Art

In this live talk from Art House Gallery in Jersey City, moderated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto, on September 22nd, Professor Winifred McNeill provided a walk-through of her current exhibition, The Air and The Space. Click the button below for more information.

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An Afternoon with The Liberation Arts Collective

Photo of The Liberation Arts Collective

(Livestreamed on 8/22/2020) An interactive talk and workshop with Arlene Chico-Lugo and Eric Aviles, co-founders of the Liberation Arts Collective. These critically acclaimed actors/teaching artists/writers have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of stories being told, including roles examining the Latino experience in the United States. For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Theatre & Dance Page.

A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Negro Leagues

1916 St. Louis of the Negro Leagues

Live streamed on Saturday, August 29th, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Digital Event

Featuring Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) with Brian LoPinto, President of Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium

In 1920, an organized baseball league structure was formed under the guidance of Andrew "Rube" Foster, a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants. In a meeting held at the Paseo YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., Foster and a few other Midwestern team owners joined to form the Negro National League. Soon, rival leagues formed in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centers and rural country sides in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The Leagues maintained a high level of professional skill and became centerpieces for economic development in many black communities.

The stories of the Negro Leagues are ones of triumph and inspiration. Bob Kendrick is one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity. He has been a contributing writer for “Ebony Magazine” and the National Urban League’s “Opportunity Magazine.” Brian LoPinto has been a tireless advocate for the restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, NJ. 

Join us for a stellar program celebrating the rich history of Black baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.


An Afternoon with The Pandemic Baseball Book Club 

Pandemic baseball book club logo

(Live streamed on 6/27/2020) An amazing program featuring readings and a discussion with five baseball writers, led by Ralph Carhart - author of The Hall Ball. Authors joining Ralph were Jason Turbow - author of They Bled BlueAnika Orrock - author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball LeagueEric Nusbaum - author of Stealing Home, and Brad Balukjian - author of The Wax Pack. For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Literary Arts Page

An Afternoon with Author J.M. Kelly 

J.M Kelly and the cover of his book Monster on the Moors

(Live streamed on 6/6/2020) J.M. Kelly read excerpts from his latest book in the Bobby Holmes series for young adults: Monster on the Moors, presented a workshop, and discussed his creative process with NJCU Director of the Center for the Arts, Stephanie Chaiken. For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Literary Arts Page


An Afternoon with Joseph Cashore 

Puppet playing violin

(Live streamed on 5/9/2020) Stephanie Chaiken, Director, NJCU Center for the Arts, moderated a demonstration and Q&A with Joseph Cashore, creator of the acclaimed Cashore Marionettes. For more information about this event, please view our past events at the bottom of our Theatre/Dance page.

Introducing the World of Puppetry - Presented by NJCU Center for the Arts

Joseph Cashore forming a marionette

Created By: Justin Tinker, Technical Director, NJCU Center for the Arts

This informative video provides classic examples of puppetry, ranging from shadow puppets to marionettes. To see more puppetry, we invite you to the October 10, 2020 performance of Simple Gifts by The Cashore Marionettes.
To purchase tickets, please click the button below. We look forward to seeing you!

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YOU LEARN - Covered by NJCU's Musical Theatre Workshop


NJCU's MTW Singing

In our most challenging moments, even when kept apart from one another, the sharing of music, passion, love, art, theatre, story telling, purpose...can keep us forever together. New Jersey City University's Musical Theatre Workshop offers some joy and hope through the beauty of Alanis Morrisette's "You Learn," inspired by the Broadway Musical "Jagged Little Pill."

Video Editing - Paul Gargiulo.

Singers: Kirsten Ayala, Matthew Bratsch, Simone Briscoe, Jason Concepcion Mora, Marc G. Dalio, Marc Devaney, John DiPinto, Thomas Dougherty, Jonathan Drayton, Ashley Elrod, Kayla Evans, Byron Flores, Ariana Garcia, Jessica Garcia, Moses Garcia, Shari Gil,l Carmelina Glynn, Christine Marie Heath, Jonathan Jarvis, Ashley Leone, Melissa Melendez, Caylen Cara Enriquez Montemayor, AJ Natale, Miriam Navarrete, Kristina Plate, Damon Porter, Jenna Ravenda, Justin Reed, Francis Rodriguez, Alexa Rosado, Stephanie Rosario, Kaileen Santiago, Ryanne Soriano, Gabby Stanowski, Amaya Tillman, Gabriele Valle, Irley Vallejo, Olivia Ventura

Guitars - David Battelene     Piano - Marc G. Dalio     Kbds - Isaac Ezekiel Del Rosario 
Drums - Zach Maccini     Bass - Mike Ravenda 


Joel Zelnik Trio

Joel Zelnick Trio Performing

Joel Zelnik - Piano        Brian Glassman - Bass        David Cox - Drums

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Ingalls Recital Hall

These clips are from a screening of the documentary, "Time Remembered", about the late/great jazz pianist Bill Evans. The screening was hosted by pianist and NJCU Alumnus Joel Zelnik '69 and his trio. They performed a pre-screening concert featuring music of Bill Evans.

Video One: Beautiful Love
Video Two: The Touch of Your Lips

Joel Zelnick Trio Performing
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