Public Programming: Visions of Camden

All events are FREE and will take place in the Stedman Gallery

There will be a reception with light refreshments following each event.                                              Parking will be available free of charge in Lots 13 & 14 during the events.

Original 1916 stained glass "Nipper" window from RCA Victor Building; Courtesy of the Camden County Historical Society

Original 1916 stained glass “Nipper” window from RCA Victor Building; Courtesy of the Camden County Historical Society; Photo by Bill Haas

January 29, 12:20 p.m. Lecture: Father Jeff Putthoff

Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ has lived and worked in Camden, NJ for the
last thirteen years. He is the founder and Executive Director of
Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a youth technology portal using the technologies of
web site design/development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to
work with youth ages 14-23 in Camden New Jersey. Father Puthoff will speak on his role as community leader in Camden and his recent initiative with the symbol of the cross as a way of providing healing and awareness.

February 12 12:20 p.m. Round Table:                                                                                                                                                     Vibiana Cvetkovic and Daniel Sidorick

Vibiana Cvetkovicwill speak about the RCA glass window and Nipper as a mascot;                      Daniel Sidorick will speak about the Campbell Soup water towers.
Daniel Sidorick is the author of Condensed Capitalism: Campbell Soup
and the Pursuit of Cheap Production in the Twentieth Century, published
by Cornell University Press. The New Jersey Historical Commission
awarded the book the Richard P. McCormick Prize. Sidorick has taught at
Temple University, the College of New Jersey, and Rutgers University New
Brunswick, where he is currently teaching a course on the history of New
Jersey workers.

Vibiana Cvetkovic is a Reference Librarian and the head of Access and
Collection Services at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University in
Camden, New Jersey. Ms. Cvetkovic is Chair of the Children and Childhood
Studies Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association,
and an Associate of the Center for Children and Childhood Studies at
Rutgers University.

Moderator:

Charlene Mires Associate Professor of History and Director of the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at
Rutgers-Camden.

February 19 12:20 p.m Round Table:                                                                                                                                                 Howard Gillette and Paul Jargowsky


Howard Gillette will speak about Camden’s 2012 homicide rate and the response of the crosses to that calamity. Paul Jargowsky will speak about the Carnegie Library as a symbol of disinvestment in Camden.

Howard Gillette is Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers
University-Camden, and specialized in modern U.S. history, with a
special interest in urban and regional development. His book, Camden
After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City, also
published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2005), received best
book awards from the Urban History Association and the New Jersey
Historical Commission.

Paul Jargowsky is Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for
Urban Research and Urban Education at Rutgers-Camden. His principal
research interests are inequality, the geographic concentration of
poverty, and residential segregation by race and class. Jargowsky has
also been involved in policy development at both the state and federal
levels.

Moderator:

Charlene Mires Associate Professor of History and Director of the
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at
Rutgers-Camden.

February 14, 4 p.m. Artist’s lecture: Camilo Vergara 

Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer,
photographer and documentarian. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied
the technique of re-photography to a series of American cities,
photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact
vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes
over time. Camden, NJ is just one of these cities.

February 21, 5 p.m. Fred Barnum

Followed by the Rutgers-Camden Jazz Ensemble

Parking available in lots 13 and 14 free of charge 4-8 p.m.
Fred Barnum, business development manager for Camden’s L-3 Communications Systems, is a Camden County Historical Society Trustee and author of His Master’s Voice In America (1991), an illustrated history of the enterprise that began in 1901 as the Victor Talking Machine Company, then became RCA-Victor.
The Rutgers-Camden Jazz Ensemble, led by Rutgers-Camden Professor Eric Polack, will offer a selection of tunes from the RCA-Victor playlist.

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