Jersey: A Sense of Place

          A year-long series of presentations will explore the role of New Jersey and/or places within it as a source of inspiration for the interdisciplinary humanities (drama, literature, music, painting), past and present, as well as for experiments in living. In so doing, they will show both how our concept and lived experience of "Jersey" -- as, indeed, of any place -- are reciprocally modified by artistic representations of it, as well as how the "local" can become exemplary of the "universal."  
          In most people's minds, New Jersey is probably first and foremost associable with traffic congestion and malls, but arranged under the themes of "Dramatizing Jersey," "Writing Jersey," "Singing Jersey," "Living Jersey," and "Painting Jersey," this series will provide perspectives from a distinguished group of analysts (see "The Presenters") about the ways in which the the state has been celebrated -- as both geographical reality (country, city, shore) as well as emotional concept -- by both "high" culture and popular culture in media as varied as literature, music, art, and tv drama!  The series is open to the public and free of charge.

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‌This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.