An Evening of Gospel Choirs

Antioch Christian1The Evening of Gospel Choirs, presented by the American Studies Department, celebrates Black History Month. It is an annual event held the last Saturday in February and is the longest continuous running and best-attended Black History Month program at Rutgers University. Every year the program of music and spirituality features some of the best church choirs in the central New Jersey area. The event is under the direction of Prof. Angus Kress Gillespie and a student committee.

New Jersey Folk Festival

njffaerial1The New Jersey Folk Festival is an annual festival, held the last Saturday in April as part of Rutgers day, presented under the auspices of the American Studies Department which attracts some 10,000 people to the campus. The festival's plan is a celebration of regional folk culture–folk arts, farm arts, folk music, and contemporary crafts. The goal is to stimulate awareness and appreciation for folklore and folk-life, past and present. The Folk Festival is under the direction of Prof. Angus Gillespie and a committee made up of students, each of whom is responsible for coordinating various aspects of the festival. To apply to be a staff member for next year's festival, pdf download  the application here (50 KB) and send to Prof. Gillespie: agillespie (at)

 For information on the New Jersey Folk Festival, see or contact:

Angus K. Gillespie
Director, New Jersey Folk Festival
Office: RAB 024B
Phone: 848-932-1630

Matthew J. Hueston
Associate Director, New Jersey Folk Festival
Office: RAB 024