• Reproductive Rights is Focus of New History Course

    Two SAS professors have teamed up to teach a course on abortion that aims to help students understand the complex legal, medical, and moral dimensions of the issue. The course taught by Tia Kolbaba, a professor of religion, and Johanna Schoen, a professor of history, is the first in recent memory—and possibly the first altogether—at Rutgers to explore reproductive rights across the broad sweep of history. “There is such a need for better information, and that is our job as professors, to provide people with better information,” Schoen says.
  • Meredith McGill Launches Black Bibliography with Melon Grant

    Meredith McGill is co-director in the development of an innovative digital database dedicated to the study of Black-authored and Black-published books, magazines, and newspapers. The project, which recently received a Mellon grant, seeks to remedy the dearth of accurate, organized data about Black print. “I am tremendously excited by what this grant will bring to Rutgers and the many kinds of collaboration it will make possible,” says McGill, chair of the Department of English.
  • Bildner Center Celebrates 25 Years

    The Bildner Center, a cornerstone of Jewish intellectual and cultural life at Rutgers University, marks 25th anniversary year.
  • Graduate Bridged Humanities and Science as Poet Physicist

    Nicole Falcone sees physics and poetry as two ways of understanding the world. And this 2022 School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program graduate excelled in both, winning two Henry Rutgers Scholar Awards for her original poems and a research paper on particle physics. Click on the title and learn more about this graduate's eclectic experience at SAS, and hear from her mentors, physicist Amitabh Lath, and professor of English and poet Mark Doty. "Her work is rich, compelling, and she sounds like no one else," Doty says.
  • Students Succeed in Quest for Asian American Minor

    An Asian American minor launched this academic year is a historic addition to the School of Arts and Sciences curriculum, reflecting an ongoing racial reckoning.
  • 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.
  • An Art Historian Draws 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."
  • Passion for Women’s Studies and Dedication to 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."
  • Racial Reckoning Fuels Signature Course

    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.
  • 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.”