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NJHS hosts Screening and Lecture on Migrant Farmworkers

2002-10-03

Herbert J. Engman, Director of the Cornell Migrant Program at Cornell University, will discuss the plight of today’s farmworkers following the screening of the 1960 documentary “Harvest of Shame” at The New Jersey Historical Society on Saturday, October 19, 2002 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. The New Jersey Historical Society is located at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102.

A part of October’s Arts and Humanities Month, the film and discussion also are held in conjunction with the showing of Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast, a new exhibition now on view at The New Jersey Historical Society. The presentation of the exhibition and this lecture was funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for Humanities.

Engman, who was appointed director in 1979, has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Cornell Migrant Program. During the early 1970s, Engman helped develop health care and educational programs to assist migrant farmworkers and their families. He later focused on increasing the public’s awareness of migrant farmworkers, and participated in a task force which examined the collective bargaining rights of migrant farmworkers and addressed the root causes of farmworkers’ continued exclusion from institutions, communities and protections under law.

In 2001, the Cornell Migrant Program created Coming Up on the Season, a traveling exhibition on migrant farmworkers — perhaps one of the first of its kind to showcase rarely-seen artifacts, migrant artwork and more than 50 recorded interviews with farmworkers and growers.

The exhibition will be on view at the Historical Society through August 2003.

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