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The Pandemic and the City seminar attempts a fairly unusual combination; it blends scholarly, creative, and hands-on assessments of the healthcare industry and its status as a hub of immigrant communities, as seen through the lens of the pandemic. The healthcare industry is perhaps the largest industry in Newark, and one which relies heavily on immigrants at every level of care—doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers—even as it reflects the glaring medical disparities in those immigrant and minority communities.


Wednesday, April 12, 2023: RSVP | Event Program – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

(10:00-11:30 am) The Pandemic and the City: Art, Medicine, Migration
George Aumoithe, Assistant Professor, History and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Dr. Denise Rodgers, Vice Chancellor, Inter-Professional Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Natalia Nakazawa, Our Stories of Migration Workshop, Brooklyn Museum
Anthony Urena, Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sociology, Princeton University (beginning Fall 2023: Assistant Professor, Sociology, Rutgers University, Newark)
Moderator: Enobong (Anna) Branch, Senior Vice President for Equity, Rutgers University

(1:00-2:30 pm) Institutionalizing Change
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University, Newark
Roberto Gonzales, Founder and Director, Penn Migration Initiative, University of Pennsylvania
Jason Hernandez, Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project
Peter T. Rosario, President and CEO, La Casa de Don Pedro
Moderator: Kornel Chang, Associate Professor, History, Rutgers University, Newark

(2:45-3:30 pm) Jazz Performance and Student Poetry Readings
Jazz performers:
Jerome Jennings (drums)
Miki Hayama (piano/keyboard)
Liany Mateo (bass)
Wallace Roney Jr. (bass)
Anthony Ware (saxophone)

Student readers:
Stephen Paredes
Ebony Odom-Barnes
Nancy Li
Ali Omar

Readings to conclude with Simeon Marsalis (Assistant Professor, Jazz Literature, Rutgers University, Newark) with excerpts from his novel-in-progress End Times

(3:30-6:30 pm) End of Seminar Reception