“Arts, Architecture, Community engagement”
Dr. Anne Schaper Englot, M. Arch., Ph.D., LEED GA Anne joined Rutgers University – Newark in 2014 as Professor of Practice in Architecture & Humanities in the Arts, Culture & Media Department. She teaches courses on the city and architectural history.
Newly appointed as the Director of Express Newark and Special Advisor for Arts and Engagement, she has been instrumental in shaping key university—community initiatives including Express Newark: University Community Collaboratory in the former Hahne & Company department store currently under renovation in downtown Newark. Prior to Rutgers, she was a Visiting Professor in the Syracuse University School of Architecture during Fall 2013 and from 1997 to 2013 she was Professor of Architectural Studies & Design at Morrisville State College earning the Distinguished Teaching Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Morrisville she served as President of the College Senate and as Senator to the SUNY-wide Senate where she was the Technology Sector Representative and sat on the Executive Committee.
She has an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the Humanities and a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University; and a BA in French and Studio Art from Binghamton University; She has published two chapters on teaching with technology and her latest publication is “Situating Jerusalem: Poiesis And Techne In The American Urbanism Of Jemima Wilkinson And Thomas Jefferson” in Building the Kingdom: Architecture for Religious Communities (forthcoming).
Overview of Express Newark: “Express Newark: University Community Collaboratory in the former Hahne & Company department store currently under renovation in downtown Newark. Express Newark (EN) is a conceptual framework and an interdisciplinary learning space where artists and community residents collaborate, experiment, and innovate in partnership with Rutgers University – Newark faculty, staff, and students to engage in creative practice, foster democratic dialogue, and promote positive transformation.”
Services provided by Express Newark: “Classes, workshops, lectures, performances, collaborative projects, grant writing and partnerships.”
What makes Express Newark unique and necessary?: “We want to leverage the resources of the University as an anchor institution in Newark. As we do this work, we aim to move away from traditional models of “public service” in which faculty and students do things for “a passive and needy public,” as public historian Scott Peters has put it, and engage instead in “public work that taps and engages and develops the civic agency, talents, and capacities of everyone, inside and outside the academy.” Our strategic activities in these areas already range from cross-disciplinary initiatives rooted in community, to partnerships with diverse “communities of experts,” to co-created spaces in the city and region. Throughout, we seek to pool the expertise and energies of our faculty, staff, and students with those of partners from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.”