SouthNext: Sunday, October 20th

12 NOON | Counter/Narrative


Fighting for instead of fighting against. Calling in instead of calling out. Using the applied and devised theater tools from her classroom at Seton Hall, Angela Kariotis will lead SouthNEXT participants in a series of exercises intended to build community, guide urgent conversation, and in the face of seemingly overwhelming current events, encourage a vision that allows for collective joy as the greatest act of resistance. We instead of I.

  • Angela Kariotis recently completed Walking the Beat, an 8 week theater and social justice workshop challenging implicit bias and fostering positive interactions between committed LAPD and students throughout the Hollywood school district. The program was in partnership between Police Department, Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble and the Fountain Theatre. Kariotis was given a 2018 Award of Excellence for Arts Education from the New Jersey Theater Alliance.



Join us as we explore the life, legacy, and leadership of one of the most iconic labor rights activists in the world, Dolores Huerta, with journalist and multimedia storyteller Alicia Menendez on October 20, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. in the Jubilee Auditorium. Currently the President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Huerta has received numerous awards including The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012, President Obama bestowed Huerta with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

  • Sponsored by Seton Hall University, the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute Speaker Series is an annual program that promotes interdisciplinary knowledge and features extraordinary speakers who have a deep sense of identity and connection to Latino culture and history. SouthNext is pleased to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to a truly remarkable woman who has made a global impact on our world. P



Everyone has somehow been “othered” in life and with prejudice permeating throughout our current climate, the filmmakers were inspired to create this documentary with the hope that it would act as a bridge connecting diverse minds and hearts.  The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race is partnering with co—director and producer Shidan Majidi to use this film to open up conversations about “otherness” as we strive for the “oneness” of social justice and equity in our community and in the human family.

  • Me, The “Other” won Best Documentary at the Buddha International Film Festival and Docs Without Borders Film Festival and was featured at film festivals in the US, Canada, and Germany. In 2018, it was screened at the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto; and honored with a special Proclamation by the Commissioners of Washtenaw County in Michigan.

    • Check out the trailer here: TRAILER

5:30PM | Scott Kettner & Nation Beat Trio


Ever wonder what the music of Brazil and New Orleans have in common? In this interactive presentation, Scott will bring listeners on a sonic and visual journey through the music of Brazil, New Orleans and NYC, contextualizing the cultural and musical similarities that have shaped his drumming and music with Nation Beat.   He will be joined by Paul Carlon on tenor saxophone and Joe Correia on sousaphone

Forró. Funk. Brass. Pounded by calloused hands; blasted by tight grooves. It calls across time and continents – with a response from hips and feet. It’s the force that blew through Louis Armstrong in the twenties. It’s the power that gets Brazilians swinging in the streets for carnival.

Nation Beat singularly conjures up this elemental musical mojo, drawing on the wellsprings of rhythm that lit up jazz and got maracatu thundering. Nation Beat takes off with be-bop-via-Brazil drumming; propelled by percussive bursts of New Orleans-flavored brass. But forget the musical history; this is music to make you dance.

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*Special admission price $7 (regular admission is $15) for Dolores Huerta when you mention SouthNEXT at the Jubilee Auditorium door at Seton Hall