Additional NJ350 Lectures

Michael Aaron RocklandMichael Aaron Rockland

Author, educator and historian
Friday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m.; Location: GSU129  |  Free and open to the public.

Michael Aaron Rockland began his career as a diplomat, serving with our embassies there as cultural attaché in both Argentina and Spain. He has for many years been Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and he is the author of fourteen books, four of which focus on New Jersey. His latest book in print was “An American Diplomat in Franco Spain,” with another, “Navy Crazy” due out this spring. Five of Michael’s books have won major recognition, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Washington Post’s Fifty Best Books of the Year and three others were prize winners, with one appearing on the State Library’s list of the Ten Best Books Ever Written About New Jersey. He has also won five prizes for his teaching, including the national prize in American Studies, the Scholar-teacher Award of Rutgers, and, just recently, he was awarded the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Governor Richard J. Hughes Award for A Lifetime of Contributions to New Jersey History and Culture.  Michael also served for several years as commentator on New Jersey culture for Channel 13, acted one of the two key roles in a P.B.S. film for television, and has written for many magazines, but especially for New Jersey Monthly magazine since its earliest origins. He is regularly interviewed on N.P.R. Radio.

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More about Michael Aaron Rockland  –  Visit these websites:   and   Happy Birthday NJ! Celebrating Our 350th and View Michael Rockland’s Photo Gallery (from his recent lecture on Feb. 7th)

Ken SchlagerKen Schlager

Editor, New Jersey Monthly
Thursday, March 6 at  7 p.m.; Location: GSU 217  |  Free and open to the public.

Ken Schlager is Editor of New Jersey Monthly, the leading regional publication in the Garden State. In this position, he manages the editorial staff and is responsible for all editorial coverage in the magazine each month. Ken also oversees the magazine’s website ( and serves as Editorial Director of a sister publication, New Jersey Bride.

Prior to joining New Jersey Monthly, Ken was Executive Editor of Billboard, the newsweekly of the international music business. Ken spent 20 years at Billboard, also serving as Managing Editor and Vice President of Business Development. His accomplishments include the successful launch of, which today reaches more than 5 million unique visitors around the world.

Ken previously served as Associate Features Editor of the New York Post and also held reporting and editing positions at Gannett Westchester Newspapers and the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) News. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ken lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and their two college-age children.

Visit this website:   Happy Birthday NJ! Celebrating Our 350th

Mark Di IonnoMark Di Ionno

Star Ledger columnist and author
Friday, March 7 at 12:00pm (noon); Location: GSU129  |  Free and open to the public.

Star-Ledger columnist and author Mark Di Ionno is a lifetime newspaperman. His column appears regularly in the paper and its on-line component,, Di Ionno was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in news commentary and is a four-time winner of the New Jersey Press Association’s award for writing. He is the author of three award-winning nonfiction books. New Jersey’s Coastal Heritage and A Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Trail won the New Jersey Academic Alliance Award, which is judged by a consortium of librarians and historians. Backroads, New Jersey was named among the most notable New Jersey books (1995–2005) by the New Jersey Center for the Book.

His new novel, The Last Newspaperman, mostly set in New Jersey in the 1930s, tells the story of how modern media became crime- and celebrity-obsessed. It was a finalist for the 2012 USA Books and ForeWord Reviews in the best fiction category. Two of his books were recently put on the list of the 101 Greatest New Jersey Books by the state’s 350th Anniversary committee. Di Ionno is the father of six children, who reside with him in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.View Mark Di Ionno's Photo Gallery

More about Mark Di Ionno  –  NJ Voices: Opinions from New Jersey

View Mark Di Ionno’s Photo Gallery (from his recent lecture on March 7th)

James F. BroderickJames F. Broderick

Associate Professor of English, NJCU, and author
Friday, March 21 at 12:00pm (noon); Location: GSU129  |  Free and open to the public.

Associate Professor, and author of Paging New Jersey:  A Literary Guide to the Garden State, James Broderick will speak about NJ’s Myths, legends and Lore. The history of New Jersey is replete with dark imaginings, historical mysteries, local legends, and a rich vein of folklore. This talk will explore some famous (infamous?) events and characters associated with the Garden State, such as The New Jersey Devil, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, the fiery explosion of the Hindenburg, and the location of Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. Along the way, we might even stumble over some great white sharks, the first Utopian novel written by an American woman, and even Jimmy Hoffa’s final resting place!

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More about James Broderick  –  Books by James Broderick on Amazon.

View Mark Di Ionno’s Photo Gallery (from his recent lecture on March 21st)

Peter GenovesePeter Genovese

Star Ledger columnist and author
Friday, April 11 at 12:00pm (noon); Location: K627  |  Free and open to the public.

Peter Genovese is a feature writer for The Star-Ledger, where he oversees the paper’s popular MunchMobile series. The Trenton native is the author of 10 books, including Jersey Diners, The Jersey Shore Uncovered: A Revealing Season on the Beach, The Food Lovers’ Guide to New Jersey and Pizza City: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Favorite Food.

More about Peter Genovese  –  Munch Mobile


Carmela Karnoutsos and Patrick ShalhoubCarmela Karnoutsos and Patrick Shalhoub

  • Carmela Karnoutsos: Professor Emeritus of History at New Jersey City University
  • Patrick Shalhoub: Head of the Periodicals and U.S. Government Documents Department of the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library at New Jersey City University

Wednesday, April 23 at 12:45 PM in the John Victor Machuga Technology Center, Guarini Library, 1st Floor  |  Free and open to the public.

“New Jersey City University: A Virtual Tour of Its Neighborhood and History”

More about Carmela A. Karnoutsos, Ph.D.  –  Carmela Karnoutsos is a graduate of Jersey City State College (now NJCU) and earned her master’s degree and doctorate from New York University. She is Professor Emeritus of History at New Jersey City University, where she taught for 40 years.

Dr. Karnoutsos has published New Jersey Women: A History of Their Status, Roles and Images (1997 New Jersey Historical Commission) and essays for New Jersey Encyclopedia (2001 Rutgers University Press). Dr. Karnoutsos and Mr. Patrick Shalhoub co-wrote From Campus to Greenhouse: The Foundations of New Jersey City University (2010 New Jersey City University), for the university’s 80th anniversary. They are also responsible for the research and production of the NJCU website Jersey City: Past and Present. She is currently a member of the Bayonne Historic Preservation Commission.

More about Patrick Shalhoub, MA, MLS  –  Patrick Shalhoub is the Head of the Periodicals and U.S. Government Documents Department of the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library at New Jersey City University. He is the Project Administrator for the NJCU sponsored local history website “Jersey City: Past and Present” and is the co-author of From Greenhouse to Campus: The Foundations of New Jersey City University (New Jersey City University, 2010).

Mr. Shalhoub received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and holds graduate degrees from New York University and Rutgers University. He previously worked in the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library as well as in the Library/Learning Resources Center of the Hudson County Community College.

Mr. Shalhoub is the author of Images of America: Jersey City (Arcadia, 1995). He is a member of the American Library Association and the New Jersey Library Association.


Carl ZimringCarl Zimring

Pratt Institute Associate Professor
Thursday, April 10 at 12:45pm; Location: 4th Floor, Guarini Library  |  Free and open to the public.

Dr. Carl A. Zimring is associate professor of sustainability studies at the Pratt Institute. He received his doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He is the author of Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America (2009) and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage (2012). He is currently working on a book titled Clean and White: Constructing Environmental Racism in the United States.

Topic  –  “The Recycling Bin of History: Experiences of the Urban Environment in the Garden State”


For further information please contact:

Ella Rue, M.F. A.
Assistant to the Dean for College Communications and External Relations
Phone:  201.200.2296