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Newest Americans

Newest Americans is a multimedia and multidisciplinary collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, research faculty and students documenting the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation. Based in Newark, NJ, a city shaped by migration, our project affords a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans, and a crystal ball into our demographic future. 

The project is coordinated by the Center on Migration and the Global City and faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University Newark in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes.

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Newest Americans is a multimedia and multidisciplinary collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, research faculty and students documenting the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation. Based in Newark, NJ, a city shaped by migration, our project affords a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans, and a crystal ball into our demographic future. 

The project is coordinated by the Center on Migration and the Global City and faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University Newark in partnership with VII Photo and Talking Eyes. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Newest Americans a Community Conversations grant. Beyond financial support, this prestigious award acknowledges the mission and relevance of Newest Americans in a time of extreme scrutiny over immigration.

The grant will enable us to continue publishing our online magazine, host community programming in Newark, and develop a Newark History Bus that will begin touring in fall 2018.


Newest Americans at Photoville 2017

Talking Eyes kicked off Photoville 2017 with work from Newest Americans. We opened the festival with Fighting ChanceHijabi WorldOff the RailsAmerican Sueño, and Notes for My Homeland, along with Q&As, spoken word, live music, and even a whirling dervish.

Over the next two weekends, hundreds of students visited our exhibit on Education Day, and over five hundred visitors took part in our Arrivals Booth, in which participants take a photo and share the story of how they or their family arrived in this country in a brief audio recording. We also piloted a new app, used as part of a portrait series of immigrant detainees, which allows visitors to text a phone number with the name of the detainee in the portrait and receive a call back with an audio recording of that person's voice, recounting their experience in detention.