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Clement Alexander Price to present Library’s  John Cotton Dana Distinguished Lecture

Press Release October 6, 2002

The Friends of The Newark Public Library have selected Clement Alexander Price, Ph.D., to present the John Cotton Dana Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, November 12. Dr. Price’s keynote address is entitled “Newark’s Twentieth Century: Reflections on the Culture of Race and Civic Life.” The program will be held in Centennial Hall at the main library, 5 Washington Street, beginning at 6:30pm.

The Dana Lecture Series presents talks by Newarkers who have distinguished themselves in various fields. Previous Dana lecturers have included Stephen Adubato, Ph.D., journalist and academic; Amiri Baraka, New Jersey Poet Laureate; John T. Cunningham, New Jersey historian; Barbara J. Kukla, award-winning editor of The Newark Star-Ledger; Samuel C. Miller, retired director of The Newark Museum; Congressman Peter Rodino; Philip Roth, acclaimed novelist; and Richard Wesley, political playwright and Hollywood screenwriter. 

Clement Alexander Price is Board of Governors’ Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of History, and Director of the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University, Newark Campus. He received the BA and MA degrees from the University of Bridgeport, and the Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He has served as visiting professor at Princeton University, the New Jersey City University, Montclair State University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Price teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span American history, including the Development of the United States, Afro-American History, Civil War and Reconstruction, Intellectual History of Afro-America, Topics in the History of Newark, New Jersey, United States Urban History, History of the Civil Rights Movement, Memory and History, Senior Seminar in History, The Black Experience in Western Civilization, Paul Robeson and 20th Century Black Modernism, and Modern America, Problems and Issues in Afro-American History, and Public History.

He is the author of many publications that explore Afro-American History, race relations and modern culture in the United States and in New Jersey. 

Dr. Price served as the chairman and historical consultant for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s World Festival II-Inventing America: Memory, Work, and Spirit/A Festival of Pan African America in 1998-99. He was the consulting historian for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s public arts and history project, the Civil Rights Garden at the historic Carnegie Library in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It opened in the fall of 2001. He served as member of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Preservation and Use of Ellis Island, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Save Ellis Island! Inc., and a trustee of the Center for Arts and Culture. He has served The Newark Public Library as a vice president of the board, a chair of the personnel committee and a member of the director search committee. Currently, Dr. Price is chair of the library’s buildings and grounds committee.

He is the recipient of numerous academic and service awards and honors, including the Richard J. Hughes Award from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the Governor’s Alice B. Paul Award for Humanitarian Service. He is also the recipient of four teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year, Essex County College, 1969; Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, 1977; Henry J. Browne Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Rutgers University, University College, 1991; Rutgers University’s highest award for teaching, the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1991, and he is the 1999 New Jersey Professor of the Year, so designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Seating for the John Cotton Dana Distinguished Lecture is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets ($15 donation in advance; $20 at the door; $10 students in advance) may be purchased by sending a check made out to The Friends of The Newark Public Library, in care of The Newark Public Library, PO Box 630, Newark, NJ 07101-0630. Include a daytime telephone number for confirmation purposes. Tickets will not be mailed; they will be held at the door. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door ($20 each) the evening of the event. For more information, contact Charles F. Cummings at the library: (973) 733-4870.


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