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6th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

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Monmouth University’s upcoming 6th biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race is themed Race, Memory and Identity and brings distinguished speakers and cultural performances.

This conference aims to bring together scholars from multiple disciplinary perspectives to broadly explore the intersections of Race, Memory, and Identity. Contemporary social, political, and media discourses demonstrate the continued need to evaluate the differing ways that race and identity impact memory in connection to history, trauma, loss and remembrance. Understanding memory as both a subject and a tool can act to promote conversations about how memories of the past impress upon individual and collective memory to affectively shape racial and cultural identities.

This year, historian Dr. William Sturkey, UNC, Chapel Hill, will deliver the opening plenary lecture. Dr. Qiana Whitted, USC, and other distinguished speakers will also participate in this conference.

Registration Fees:

  • Scholar/General Public: $125
  • Non-MU Student: $85
  • Monmouth University Faculty, Students & Staff: No Charge
    (Please Note:  members of the Monmouth community still need to register. )

For more information, please contact Brooke Nappi at or use the link below to visit the conference web site.

Reproductive Justice 2019: Perils and Prospects

The personal is the political has been a part of the American vocabulary since at least the 1960s. Initially this argument was a source of identity and politics-making in the male public arena, not the female domestic space. Recently, this personal has been targeted in both Western Europe and North America where varying nationalist resurgences have resulted in anti-choice legislation. In response, some American states have passed reproductive-specific protections through legislative acts of their own. Against the backdrop of culture war, what does this renewed attention to female agency and their bodies say about our broken, polarized present? What prospects lay ahead for women? And more importantly, what perils?

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Opening Remarks

Dr. Nancy Mezey – Dean of the Honors School


Dr. Rekha Datta – Interim Provost

Host and Organizer

Dr. L. Benjamin Rolsky


Anne C. Deepak – Associate Professor of Social Work

Sasha N. Canan – Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education

Lazara G. Paz-Gonzalez – Adjunct Professor of Nursing and Health Studies

Sponsored By:

The Provost’s Office, The School of Humanities & Social Science and the Department of History & Anthropology in conjunction with the Program in Gender and Intersectionality Studies, The University Library, The Leon Hess Business School, The School of Education, The School of Social Work, and The Honors School.

Film Screening: Oro Macht Frei

Oro Macht Frei tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience of the Nazi occupation of Rome (Sept 1943 – June 1944). Weaving testimony from Roman Jews together with historical research by renowned scholars on the subject (including Susan Zuccotti, Alexander Stille, Liliana Picciotto), OMF seeks to bring the viewer into a personal and relatable reflection of the Holocaust in Italy through the eyes of this unique and historic community. 

There will be a panel/Q & A following screening.

The panel includes:
Joel Markel, Producer/Founder of Ottimo Films
Susan Zuccotti, American historian, specializing in Holocaust studies
Jane Denny, Director of Education CHHANGE (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education) at Brookdale College
Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at Monmouth University
Catherine Campbell, Producer/Editor/Writer for Ottimo Films

Moderated by Susan Douglas, Specialist Professor of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University.

4th Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

The Monmouth University International Interdisciplinary Conference on
was founded by Dr. Julius O. Adekunle and Professor Hettie V. Williams.
This conference evolved out of a series of conversations between Adekunle and
Williams concerning the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama as well as
the changing definition of race in global societies. These discussions
eventually culminated in the conference on race in November 2008. The first
conference brought together more than 100 scholars from fifteen U.S. states,
twelve nations, and four continents.

We hope you can join us this year for some very timely conversations. Several events are free and open to the public. For registration information and a complete listing of events, please visit our web site.

Conference on Race Web Site

Celebrated Author Erik Larson To Speak at Monmouth University

Celebrated author Erik Larson will speak at Monmouth University on Monday, March 28, 2016, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Pollak Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

Erik Larson has written five books that have appeared on the New York Times‘ bestseller list, including such critically acclaimed works as In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin and The Devil in the White City. Mr. Larson’s most recent book is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, which deals with the implications of the sinking of the Lusitania by German torpedoes in May 1915 and will be the subject of his talk.

This event is the inaugural lecture in the Department of History and Anthropology’s Charles Mayes World War I Lecture Series.

Mr. Larson’s talk at Monmouth University will be his first public appearance since the release of Dead Wake in paperback. His books will be on sale before and after his talk, and Mr. Larson will be available to sign books after his talk.

You can read more about Mr. Larson and his body of work at:

For more information about this event, please contact Ken Campbell at or Melissa Ziobro at with any questions.