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Voices of the Garden State
Life Histories That Shaped New Jersey
Directed by Seran Schug, Ph.D.


VOICES OF THE GARDEN STATE is an ethnographic project conducted in collaboration with faculty of the Anthropology and Sociology Department at Rowan, students of Rowan, and residents of New Jersey to create an ethnographic archive of life histories of people from the Garden State. “Voices of the Garden State” contributes to the greater understanding of the history and culture of residents and communities within the state of New Jersey.


  1. To gather life histories of residents of New Jersey in order to build a historical archive about cultural life in New Jersey.
  2. To help Rowan students gain experience in conducting qualitative and ethnographic research.
  3. To build positive relations between Rowan University and the surrounding communities.
  4. To promote awareness and understanding of how social factors such as race, gender, social class, religion, and culture influence personal identity and the cultural identity of a community.