Lectures at the Newark Museum

On November 18th and 19th, 2010, two authors lectured on the topic of John Cotton Dana. This event was co-presented by Dana Library of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark Public Library, New Jersey Association of Museums, Art Library of Society of New York, and the MA Program in Museum Professions of Seton Hall University.

Thursday, November 18, 2010, Carole Duncan, Professor Erita, Ramapo College of New Jersey, spoke on her bookA Matter of Class: John Cotton Dana, Progressive Reform, and the Newark Museum (Periscope, 2010).

“This highly original book tracks Dana’s career from its beginnings in the Denver Public Library to his move back East, where he met stiff opposition to his plans for a ‘museum of service’–his term for the alternative museum he envisioned.”

Friday, November 19 – Ezra Shales, Assistant Professor, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, discussed his book Made in Newark: Cultivating Industrial Arts & Civic Identity in the Progressive Era(Rutgers University Press, 2010).

Made in Newark describes a turbulent industrial city at the dawn of the twentieth century and the ways it inspired the library’s outspoken director, John Cotton Dana, to collaborate with industrialists, social workers, educators, and New Women.”

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