Arts, Culture & Media

"Hi, my name is Jordan. What’s yours?" It’s the icebreaker that artist Jordan Casteel uses whenever she stops strangers on the streets of her neighborhood in Harlem. “I am a painter, and I have been working on this project,” she says, with her disarming manner. “Would you be interested in participating?”
Each academic year the School of Arts and Sciences Newark welcomes new faculty to our family from across the liberal arts disciplines. This year’s group is diverse, spanning the social sciences, humanities, arts and physical sciences. Below, in Part 2 of our series, we profile a handful of the professors making their SASN debut during the fall semester.  
At Rutgers-Newark, Solcyre Burga (NCAS '22) discovered a passion for journalism that led her to explore conditions in her neighborhood middle school that she never questioned as a child. “There was a whole year we didn’t have a social studies teacher. We didn’t have math textbooks,’’ she recalled. “But I don’t ever remember watching the news and people talking about that. I wanted to fill in the gaps.’’
Three years ago, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis crammed herself and 15 first-graders into a classroom lavatory just big enough for one child and kept them quiet and calm as gunman Adam Lanza swept through Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people – 20 of them children – in the deadliest mass shooting at a grade school or high school in U.S. history.
Dr. Brian Preston Harlow has been appointed the new director of the Rutgers University–Newark Chorus, ushering in a new era for the renowned group. Harlow takes over for Dr. John Floreen, who recently retired after 36 years as head of the chorus.
Run by pioneering videographer and Professor Edin Velez and celebrated documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor Kimi Takesue, RU-N’s Video Production program has been preparing students of diverse backgrounds for successful careers in the film, TV and multimedia production industries for some time.
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Warren Lehrer tells lots of stories. And he does so in multiple mediums, drawing on a skillset that is as deep as it is varied. But the story that stands out is the one that crystalized his eclectic career path.
Tim Raphael is creative and collaborative by nature. An associate professor of arts, culture and media at Rutgers University–Newark, his background is in theater and performance studies. He also has an abiding passion for political issues like immigration.