Livingston Listens

In an increasingly disruptive political and cultural environment, Livingston is a community that is becoming increasingly diverse. This represents a challenge as new communities grow alongside established ones and also an opportunity for our community, as a whole, to come together and talk about how issues that are impacting our country on a large scale are impacting our community and our lives as individual citizens.

The Livingston Library is pleased to announce that the Livingston Listens program series is returning in 2019, with two new programs featuring themes on inclusion, representation, and social justice. Livingston Listens was first started in 2018 and featured programs such as Understanding Race in America, Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity and The Missing Stories (South Asian American Digital Archive).

The first program is a partnering with The New Jersey Council for the Humanities to host the Public Scholars Project program, How We See Ourselves in What We Read, on Tuesday February 12th, 2019 at 7pm, presented by Dr. Laura Nicosia.

Do children, maybe your children or your students, see themselves in the books they’re reading? What do you see in those books? What they’re reading may be representative, but then again, it may not be. It’s important to identify the harmful representations overall and ensure exposure to diversity for growth and development. Reading plays such a huge role in developing critical thinking skills and empathy. In this session, a guided discussion will explore aspects of social justice and representation through a look at a variety of carefully chosen texts.

Laura Nicosia, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University where she teaches American/YA Literatures and methods of teaching the humanities using technologies. She is Past President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English and is NJ State Representative to the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents.

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.

The second program is a partnering with Garden State Equality (GSE) to host the program LGBTQ 101: Let’s Get Busy Talking! on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 pm. LGBTQ 101 will be presented by GSE’s Safe Schools Coordinator, Dr. Tyree Oredein. Workshop participants will learn terminology and talk about issues that often affect LGBTQ+ youth and peers. The conversation will close with tips on how to be an ally.

Dr. Tyree Oredein has an extensive background in creating and ensuring safe spaces for sexual minority youth in academic, professional, and community settings. Since 2005, she has delivered hundreds of Professional Development training workshops to more than 5,000 administrators, educators, social service & medical providers, police officers, correction officers, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, peer educators, and community members.

Both programs are free and open to all. We hope to see you there!

-Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services

Livingston, NJ 07039, USA

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