Chhange Wrapped up the Big Read in Monmouth County with a Keynote Event Featuring Author Ernest J. Gaines

On Monday, April 22, 2013 we met with award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines. Chhange selected his book, A Lesson Before Dying because its underlying message resonates with our mission: preserving human dignity and social justice. Gaines is the author of several other books, including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. We learned first-hand how the novel A Lesson Before Dying came to be written, why he chose the characters and setting for the novel, and about his love for the written word. Afterwards, Mr. Gaines took on thought-provoking questions and comments from the students and other members of the audience.

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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) has been awarded a distinguished grant to bring this initiative to Monmouth County.

Big Read program highlights included presentations by:

Sister Helen Prejean: Anti-Death penalty activist and author of Dead Man Walking
Kirk Bloodsworth: First Death Row inmate exonerated by DNA

  

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February 2013

Growing Up Black in the Segregated South

Featuring Floresta Jones, Gwen Moten and Larry Hartzell
Monday, February 11, 11:00 AM, Admission: $4
Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms
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Growing Up Black in the Segregated South

Featuring Ray Dothard
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 10:00 AM
Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, NJ
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Growing Up Black in the Segregated South

Featuring Ray Dothard
Tuesday, February 26, 11:00 AM, Admission: $4
Brookdale’s Freehold Higher Education Center, Room 103-104

Dead Man Walking Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Carl Calendar

Tuesday, February 12, 11:30 AM, Admission: $4
Brookdale’s Freehold Higher Education Center, Room 103-104

Dead Man Walking Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Carl Calendar

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM, Admission: $4
 Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink 3

Film Screening: A Lesson Before Dying

Saturday, February 16, 2:00 PM
Neptune Public Library

Dead Man Walking Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Carl Calendar

Thursday, February 28,11:30 AM, Admission: $4
Chhange Center, Brookdale Bankier Library Building

KICK OFF SPECIAL EVENT: Sister Helen Prejean

Monday, February 25
To register for this event: 11:00 AM, Brookdale Recreation Center
To register for this event: 7:00 PM,
Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink and Twin Lights Rooms
Admission: Adults $9 /Students and Chhange members $4

    Club Brookdale Art Installation

    Throughout February and March
    Chhange Center, Brookdale Bankier Library Building


    March 2013

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Carl Calendar

    Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM, Admission: $4
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms

    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Carl Calendar

    Tuesday, March 12, 11:30 AM, Admission: $4
    Brookdale’s Freehold Higher Education Center, Rooms 103-104

    Dramatic Presentations: Pivotal scenes from A Lesson Before Dying

    Thursday, March 7,11:00 AM, Admission: $4
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms

    Dramatic Presentations: Pivotal scenes from A Lesson Before Dying

    Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 PM
    Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan

    Book Discussion on A Lesson Before Dying

    Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 PM
    BookTowne, 171 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ
    For adults and high school students; please call 732 722-7255 to reserve a place

    Dramatic Presentations: Pivotal scenes from A Lesson Before Dying

    Thursday, March 21, 7:00 PM, Admission: $4
    Count Basie Theatre Studio, Red Bank

    SPECIAL EVENT: Innocence Project , featuring Kirk Bloodsworth

    Monday, March 11, 7:00 PM
    Admission - Adults $9 / Students and Chhange members $4
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms

    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Film screening and Discussion with Professor Ron Sopenoff

    Tuesday, March 12,7:00 PM
    Wall Township Library


    April 2013

    Scottsboro: An American Tragedy Film screening and Discussion with Professor Ron Sopenoff

    Wednesday, April 3,7:00 PM
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms

    Library Event: Featuring Dr. Alan Rogers. Race and the Death Penalty: An American History

    Sunday, April 7, 1:00 PM
    Monmouth Country Library Headquarters, Manalapan

    Dramatic Presentation: Pivotal scenes from A Lesson Before Dying

    Thursday, April 11, 12:30 PM, Admission: $4
    Presentation at Neptune High School, Neptune, New Jersey

    Mix It Up Book Discussion: A Lesson Before Dying

    High School and Middle School Book Discussion
    Monday, April 15, 11:00 AM
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms

    ErnestGainesKEYNOTE EVENT: Videoconference with Ernest J. Gaines

    Monday, April 22, 11:00 AM
    Admission: Adults $9 / Students $4
    Brookdale Student Life Center, Navesink and Twin Lights Rooms

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