The Trenton Project presents "What's in a Name?"

Student Film Screening
Sep 27, 2022, 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Trenton Circus Squad · 635 South Clinton Avenue · Trenton
Event Description

Dear Friends of The Trenton Project:

We’ve missed you! And we’re eager to share what we’ve been up to so far in 2022. We hope you can join us for a screening of our latest student films.

Tuesday · 27 September 2022 · 6:30 PM
Trenton Circus Squad · 635 South Clinton Avenue · Trenton
Free and Open to the Public!

This summer, six student filmmakers produced a film about Janet Wide Awake, a play produced by Passage Theatre at Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School. The play looks at the desegregation of the Trenton junior high schools in the 1940s and was co-written and performed by the middle school students. Our documentary goes behind the scenes to show how students, historians, teachers, playwrights and performers came together to think about this moment in the history of the Trenton schools and, more broadly, about equal access to educational opportunity today.

This half-hour film will be accompanied by micro-documentaries created by students in this Spring’s history seminar, “The Sixties: Documentary, Youth and the City,” taught by Purcell Carson and Professor Alison Isenberg of Princeton University. These stories reflect our collective research—through documents and the memories of community elders today—and their responses to a tumultuous era, starting with Trenton Six Trial in 1948.

We hope you can join us for refreshments and discussion. We are eager to celebrate the student filmmakers and thank our generous participants. The screening is free and open to the public. 


We’re grateful to our institutional partners: The Princeton University Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, The Digital Learning Lab, the Department of History and the School for Public and International Affairs. This summer’s internship was also supported by the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity and the Program in Journalism. Special thanks to Passage Theater, The Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School for the Arts and the Trentoniana Room at the Trenton Free Public Library.