Friday, April 30, 2010

Free Comic Book Day is May 1st, 2010

May 1st is Free Comic Book Day!
What is Free Comic Book Day? Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules *

Official Site and Store Locator
See for more information
See for comic previews

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Study Abroad in Madrid for Bilingual University Students


Summer Madrid Program Aims to Provide Global Leadership Experience for American Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Monday, May 3, 2010.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and PromoMadrid invite qualified students who are currently in their last year of their undergraduate or studying a Post Graduate Program in an accredited four year University, from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico , to apply for the 2010 CHLI-Madrid Program: Gateway to Madrid Summer Internship Program.

Seven to ten students from diverse backgrounds will be selected to become part of this intensive six-week summer internship program in Madrid , Spain . Successful interns will first participate in a one week immersion course that will focus on Spanish culture, economy, and politics which will then be followed by a five week placement with a sponsoring Madrid-based company. The CHLI-Madrid Program aims to provide a unique and enriching practical work experience for bilingual American student leaders in one of Europe 's main economic hubs, the Regional Community of Madrid.

This initiative is financially backed by PromoMadrid and managed by CHLI, who will be responsible for all aspects related to the students' internship, training, housing & travel while living in Madrid .

The application deadline is Monday, May 3, 2010.
The program begins June 14 and ends July 30, 2010.
Applications can be downloaded from the CHLI website at

To apply, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Have a valid U.S. Passport.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited four year college/university.
  • Submit a completed application form, personal statement in English and Spanish, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts.


  • Airfare and housing accommodations in Madrid , Spain .
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Health insurance

For more information please contact Yisel Cabrera, Director of Programs and Operations, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute at or at 202-347-8280 Ext. 303.

About CHLI:
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington , D.C. , that advances the diversity of thought in U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit You may also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About PromoMadrid:
PromoMadrid, Desarrollo Internacional de Madrid, S.A. is a regional government-owned company, incorporated in 2004 with the purpose of promoting and developing the Region of Madrid internationally from an economic perspective. PromoMadrid acts under the authority of the Madrid Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance Affairs. Visit


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mel Glenn at NJCU today!


Thursday, April 22
4:30–6:00 p.m.
New Jersey City University
Hepburn Hall, Room 202
(2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305)

Mel Glenn, acclaimed author of 12 young adult books and retired high school teacher, has been writing since 1980. His first book, Class Dismissed! High School Poems, which was published in 1982, was named a Society of Children’s Book Writers Golden Kite Honor Book and an American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults, and was included in the ALA’s Best of the Best Books 1970-1982.

Mr. Glenn’s characters are urban teens who reveal their fears, joys, conflicting feelings, concerns, and hopes through poetry. Using multiple narrators, his poems provide readers with broad and thought-provoking perspectives about school life, basketball, poverty, violence, love, friendships, and family relationships.

Mr. Glenn will speak about his writing process, books, and experiences as an author and educator.

Professional Development Credits are available for educators.

Please contact Victoria Thompson at (201)200-2472 or for more information.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Cartel-Documentary about NJ education premieres

The Cartel Movie - A Film by Bob Bowdon - Screenings: "April 2010 Friday, April 16 - The Cartel will premiere in New York at the Quad Cinema, Each theater will be showing the film for a week (Friday, April 16 through Thursday, April 22). The documentary is about New Jersey schools and education.

New York premiere: Showtimes are at 1:10pm, 3:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:10pm, and 9:30pm. At the 7:10 showing on April 16 there will be an Education Reform Panel Discussion and Q&A with Director Bob Bowdon; Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of Excellent Education for Everyone; Carlos Lejnieks, President of the NJ Charter Schools Association; and Marcus Winters, Education Scholar at the Manhattan Institute.

See the movie website, for more information.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NJCU celebrates National Day of Silence- 4/15/10

On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

New Jersey City University will prepare its students for the National Day of Silence with a series of workshops on Thursday, April 15, 2010.


Why Choose to be Gay?

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

Do LGB people choose to be gay or is it predetermined at birth? It is an age old topic of debate that no one seems to have a definitive answer to. Is there an answer? Come find out!

Speaker: Dr. Hoch, Biology Department

What’s the deal with Gender Roles?

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

Is an effeminate man gay? Is a masculine girl a lesbian? Where do these gender roles come from and how do they tie into sexuality? In a world where we tend to assume so much about people based on their physical appearance and actions, how can we tell who's gay from someone who's somewhat effeminate or masculine?

Speaker: Tracy Riley, English Department/Women and Gender Studies Program


Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

What exactly are the B and T and how do they fit into the LGBT equation? What is their interaction within the community and why are they excluded from many constituencies? Where do these prejudices start and where are they seated? More importantly, how do we dispel them?

Speaker: Liza Fiol-Matta, Women’s & Gender Studies Program

“Shut yo’ mouth!”

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

We hear them every day: "faggot," "dyke," "tranny"-- “oh, that’s so gay.” How do the words we say and use affect our every day lives, our self-esteem and self-worth? Do they box people into various stereotypes?

Speaker: Dr. Silvia Pastor, Psychology Department & Peers Educating Peers, Counseling Center“

Breaking the Silence”

MIXER – 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Come Break the Silence at Hepburn Hall’s Gothic Lounge (H202). Guest DJs, refreshments and snacks will be served. Come out to show your support in the fight against discrimination.

For more information, please contact Ms. Moreira, LGBTF Alliance Advisor, at (201) 200-2269 or email

See to register and for materials.

Monday, April 12, 2010

School Board Elections in New Jersey

On April 20th, New Jersey voters will have an opportunity to vote for members of their school boards and the school budget in their districts.

You can vote by mail! Fill out the application. It has to be received by the Board of elections by tomorrow!

Locally, Jersey City voters will elect three new Board of Education members.

All Jersey City residents and taxpayers, parents and caregivers are welcome to learn about the issues and meet the candidates at two free Board of Education forums.

The candidates will present their platforms after which audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates.

First Forum
Date: Tuesday April 13th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: PS16 Auditorium – 96 Sussex Street
Hosted by: The HPHA

Second Forum
Date: Thursday April 15th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: PS11 Auditorium – 886 Bergen Avenue
Hosted by: JCFBS and JC PTO Coalition

and you can check:
for streaming videos of some of the Jersey City candidates

Results can be found here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Curious George and the Holocaust

Today, April 11, 2010 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Currently until August 1, the Jewish Museum at 1108 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY is hosting an exhibit, Curious George Saves the Day, the Art of Margaret and H.A. Rey.

The Reys were German-born Jews who escaped from Paris just before the Nazi Occupation. They carried their manuscripts which were later published as the Curious George books with them during the escape. The story has been told in the imaginative picture book, The Journey that Saved Curious George: the True Wartime Adventures of Margaret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden ( Juv. 928.1 H249b). The exhibit follows the lives and work of the Reys from their childhoods, their lives in Europe and Brazil and the United States.

There are several educator and family workshops offered by the museum and a curriculum guide will soon be available on the museum site,

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

NLW: National Library Week 2010- 4/11- 4/17-Save Libraries

What is the best way to celebrate National Library Week?
Work to save our local libraries!

In New Jersey
go to
There you can find out about proposed state legislation that endangers library funding.

You can also click on Contact Legislators with 1 click
Scroll to the bottom of the page
to immediately contact the Governor and your state legislators!

and then tell others to take Action
Honorary Chair of National Library Week,Neil Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for “The Graveyard Book,” will speak to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy.
Library lovers and Gaiman readers across the country who are interested in watching are encouraged to join in the event live via and will need a 1 Mbps Internet connection and Flash player. Internet2 will also multicast the event on its national network enabling any of its connected research and education members that are multicast-enabled to broadcast the event to their campuses. Multicast information can be found at