At an Easter service, a song leaves worshipers tired but not defeated.
Penn Station, Lost and Found
Once, Penn Station was a magical place.
The View from the Brooklyn Bridge
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge makes New York City feel like a dream.
Review: When the Press Fails
A book analyzes what the authors see as dangerous failures of the press during the Bush administration.
A grandmother weighs her granddaughter's newly-articulated views on racial identity.
Family, Votes and Values
A conservative household experiences the election of 2008.
Endurance, the Sphere and Memories of 9/11
What happens when 9/11 gives new meaning to a work of art?
The Outsider, a Memoir
A story of testing and endurance.
What can adults and hip-hop artists do about messages in the music that are inappropriate for young people?
"The truth is often embarrassing, so I am ashamed to admit that I almost didn’t want to make eye contact with the towering, dark, long-haired figure before me outside a hotel on an empty Newark street near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center."
Questions for Barack Obama
Senator Barack Obama's March 2008 speech about Reverend Jeremiah Wright addressed some questions but ignored others.
A Patient’s Perspective on Illness
A student's time with a doctor teaches him about being a patient.
What Kept Him Alive?
The story of a niece, a family and drug addiction.
Vets @ Fox--My Reflections
The daughter of a veteran marches on the News Corporation building to confront Bill O'Reilly about his claim that he cannot find any homeless veterans.
Sharpe James Convicted
Rutgers-Newark students react to former Newark Mayor Sharpe James' conviction on federal fraud charges.
Exploring New York’s Past and Present
"Pete Hamill’s memoir will guide you through the city as he reveals riveting history and shares his personal life in downtown New York City."
Don’t talk, and say you did
William Kristol is gravely mistaken if he thinks the United States does not need to talk about race.
Iraq and the Economy
The economic situation in America is on a decline, and many Americans believe that the war in Iraq has contributed to the problem.
Let’s Not Fool Ourselves
In this election season, Americans need to engage in genuine discussion about race if we ever want to make significant progress as a country.
A New Gallery for Newark
The founders of Jajo Art, Inc. have a vision for a contemporary art gallery in Newark.
Framed---The Media and the Death of Gordon Parks
In death, a great artist was presented as less than he was in life.
Review Essay: Journalism After 9/11
From the day of the terrorist attacks to five years later, reporting evolved. What began with efforts to comfort the grief-stricken became a more critical analysis that posed questions. But did journalists take advantage of the elements of mourning and grief in their work?
Rich in Grace
A life with books and the Newark Public Library.
Little Italy, A Shrinking Reality
A walk through Little Italy with an Italian-born Italian.
Give Sharpe James Some Credit
A dream spanning the United States and the Dominican Republic comes true with hard work, one step at a time.
Finding the Familiar in the Watchung Reservation
A voyage to the Persian Gulf inspires an exploration of the hills of New Jersey.
Memories of Home in a Meal
In New Jersey, an exhausted Rutgers student prepares dinner and thinks of home and Kenya.
Marine Corps Memories
A Rutgers-Newark graduate and former Marine reviews Anthony Swofford’s book, Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, and mediates on what service in the Marines means in his life.
Third Grade Tai Chi Warriors!
In a Newark elementary school short on physical education classes, a volunteer introduces her students to tai chi and encourages them to “be strong, be steady, and be calm.”
Jails Have Been Part of Newark Since Colonial Times
For more than 300 years, punishment has been dealt to the people of Newark within the same one mile radius of land, extending out from the famous intersection of Broad and Market streets—the same intersection laid out by settling Puritans in 1666
Review---American History/Indian History
S. Mitra Kalita’s Suburban Sahibs has a misleading subtitle: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage From India to America. True, it is about three immigrant Indian families. But this story is about America, a nation of immigrants and their descendants, in pursuit of the sometimes fleeting American Dream.
Searching for a Meal in the Trash
Somewhere Along the Line You Lost Me
Review---A Family in Trouble
Leaders Receive the Blame, But the People Voted Them In
What should people do when their government is not working for them but against them?
Newark Needs a Rebirth
A Newark resident looks at her city and concludes, "change will only come when we revitalize our spirits, bringing God back into our everyday life."
Learning Wrong and Right in Newark
"The Newark that I grew up in was ruthless, dangerous and infamous for crime. This cold setting molded me into what I am."
A Mother’s Tale From the ‘60s
In Washington, D.C., Students Find a Path to Middle East Peace
In simulated negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a Rutgers-Newark student finds a path to peace.
Not That Westernized
A young woman who works to balance Indian traditions and an American life.
Adaptability Is the Name of the Game
Jacob Riis, Writer With a Camera
Dr. Harold Siegel, A Rebel With a Cause
In an interview with a professor, a student peers in the 1960s.
A Nation Undone
People everywhere in the United States, but especially professional educators, have been encouraged by President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” educational policy—which presumably supports the building of our nation. A comparison between a public school in Newark and a private school in Edison, N.J. tells a different story.
The Sopranos—Morality, Romanticism and the Mob
A television show about a New Jersey mobster explores the complexity of human nature
Africans in New Jersey Consider Their Continent’s Future
Gathered at a party in Irvington, N.J., Africans conclude that their continent has a good future--if the right efforts are made.
A Voice of Inspiration
Growing up in Newark during the 1960s, Linda Jones faced difficult questions. In the years since, she's been answering them.
The Strengths of the ’60s
Long after the '60s ended, Eileen Tate found her own ways to live out the best ideals of the decade.
A Slice of Southern Comfort in Newark
In downtown Newark, Je's Restaurant thrives under the slogan “Soul of the City, Heart of the South.”
Homeless for a Day in Newark
A reporter goes undercover to understand the problems of the homeless and learns some things about Rutgers-Newark and himself.
A Visit to Planned Parenthood
In Newark, a visitor to Planned Parenthood finds a calm, professional staff and a surprise: "what does not get into the coverage of this agency is that it provides counseling for its clients, and some of its clients are not sexually active."
Choking Over Some Photos in Newark
In pursuit of photographs in a Newark bar, a photographer learns a lesson in media ethics.
Great Changes in Newark, But Still a Long Way to Go
“Brick City” is home to a vibrant and innovative generation of young people, but our school system is not meeting the needs of our children. Unless we address these issues, Newark and its youth will always be seen in a negative light.
From Newark and Back
In 1967, Annie Waller joined thousands of African Americans who left the South for the cities of the North. Her destination: Newark. She lived in the city for 26 years, then moved to Maplewood. In this article, she returns to Newark and talks with her daughter about her life in New Jersey's largest city. "Come investigate and see for yourself," she says. "Newark is not as bad as people think it is. Newark has a lot of offer."