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  • Rutgers Students Explore Worker Justice in New Brunswick

    From the Irish immigrants who dug the Delaware and Raritan Canal to the Latinx temporary workers of today, New Brunswick has long drawn immigrant populations ready to work but lacking in political power. Their workplace struggles are part of an online and traveling exhibit to which Rutgers students working under a Department of History professor contributed after searching through archives, meeting with labor activists, interviewing workers, and drawing connections to broader issues of race, inequality, and climate change.
  • When Rutgers Met Japan: The Start of an Enduring Friendship

    The celebration of 150 years of Rutgers-Japan friendships continues with a conference Friday evening that will explore the early interactions in the 19th century. "By looking at these different aspects of the relationship, you get a fuller picture of what was going on in the 19th century between Rutgers and Japan," says Haruko Wakabayashi, a professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. "There is a human, personal interaction that goes deeper than the interaction at the national or institutional level."
  • An Art Historian Brings STEM Students to Humanities

    Carla Yanni is teaching a new course in the emerging field of medical humanities, providing students an intriguing perspective on the rise of modern medicine, and giving premeds in particular a lesson in healthcare that they might not encounter at medical school. The course uses the lens of architecture to explore medical history from cholera to Covid. "I wanted to bring STEM majors into the humanities in one way or another," Yanni says. "And I think this course really drew their attention."
  • Rutgers Student Fuses Passion for Women’s Studies with Dedication to Daily Journalism

    Ameena Qobrtay's double major at Rutgers University puts her on the cusp of contemporary thought while laying the foundation for a career as a writer, scholar, or critic. “Women’s and gender studies gives you a framework for looking at the world,” Qobrtay says. “And that definitely shows in my writing."
  • Students Get a Lesson in “Writing After the End of the World”

    After Covid-19 struck New Jersey, students in Richard Miller’s literature class produced creative work that capturing the inner life of undergraduates wrestling with a crisis that has upended the world. “The students were making these direct connections to the challenge of repairing and recovering psychologically from this profound disruption.”
  • A Moment of Racial Reckoning Fuels Signature Course at Rutgers on Black Lives Matter

    Sparked by the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, a new Signature Course on Black Lives Matter covers the epic sweep of African American history from the colonial era to the current moment, examining topics such as enslavement, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, mass incarceration, the Black Power movement, and the urban rebellions.
  • Art History Helps Graduate Understand the World

    Janki Patel says that majoring in art history was a wonderful way to learn about life, understand the human experience, and gather the skills to navigate the contemporary world. "I learned an analytical approach that I can now carry over to any situation,” she said. “I can break down something to its basic values, whether it’s a piece of art, a social situation, or a workplace issue."
  • A Humanities Professor’s Enduring Connection with Students

    Richard Serrano, a professor of French and comparative literature, strives to make his courses a transformational experience for students, using humor, a penchant for experimentation, and a deeply empathic spirit. “Humanities professors offer every student, whether they’re in business school or headed off to medical school, is an openness to the world.”