The State Between – A Symposium on New Jersey Urbanism
Princeton University School of Architecture
Betts Auditorium / May 1, 2015 / 10a-6p
This event is free and open to the public
In the celebrated song “New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra’s yearning for success in the big city captures the aspirations of many in his hometown, Hoboken, New Jersey. With only four large cities in the state (the largest, Newark, has a population of about 270,000 people), Hobokenites aren’t the only ones suffering the “little town blues.” Jerseyans are known for wanting to escape to livelier places, but just as people leave, newcomers arrive looking for less expensive real estate, the American Dream in the suburbs, political refuge and employment. In- and out-migration shapes the state’s urban space, producing new built environments, commuting streams, transnational communities, and ethnic and racial concentrations. Global industrial restructuring, national political movements, and national immigration policies condition these population flows and impact the state’s urban spaces.
This symposium joins scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines and professional fields for a discussion on the global, metropolitan, and local forces and actors that shape New Jersey’s urban cultures, communities, and built environments. By thinking of New Jersey as a constructed object of representation and research, we seek to unpack the methods, units of analysis, archives, and other sources that reveal how New Jersey’s spatial imaginary is constituted within the state and beyond.
10:15-10:30 AM / Welcome
10:30-11:50PM / Learning from New Jersey Urbanism
Moderator: Kelly Baum Princeton University Art Museum
12:00-1:00PM / Lunch Break
1:00-2:20 PM / Documenting Stories about New Jersey Places
Rafael Pi Roman WNET Thirteen – Host of Latino Americans of NY and NJ
Ulla Berg Rutgers University – Anthropology
Darnell Moore Queer Newark Oral History Project
Whitney Strub Rutgers University – Women’s and Gender Studies
Moderator: Rebecca O’Brien Wall Street Journal
2:20-2:30PM / Break
2:30-3:50PM / Race and Space in New Jersey
Moderator: William Gleason Princeton University – English
3:50-4:00PM / Break
4:00-5:20PM / New Jersey in a Metro Context
Moderator: Mike Owen Benediktsson – Hunter College/CUNY – Sociology
5:20-6:00PM / Closing Remarks
The State Between is organized by Princeton-Mellon Fellow, Johana Londoño and made possible by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Additional support comes from the Program in American Studies at Princeton University.