Black Lives Matter, HBO The Wire

Rutgers University - Newark, Spring 2016, with Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor

How ‘The Wire’ is Inspiring New Classroom Curricula. PBS NewsHour, April 10, 2016

"Columbia University this week held a conference on how lessons from ‘The Wire’ -- the critically acclaimed TV series on Baltimore’s inner-workings of gangs, media and government -- cut across academic disciplines. The show has become a popular talking point in many classrooms across the country. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports" 

THE WIRE; The Conference.  The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, April 8-9 2016

"This is the first panel of the two-day conference (April 8-9, 2016) on the popular television series The Wire, hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. This panel is titled "Teaching The Wire." Panelists include Frances Bartkowski, Rutgers University-Newark, Marcellus Blount, Columbia University, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Rutgers University-Newark, Toby Gordon, Johns Hopkins University, and Arvind Rajagopal, New York University"

Interview with Michael K Williams, June 10 2014

"Rutgers University - Newark Professor Fran Bartkowski interviews the Wire and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K Williams"

Humans as Great Apes

Rutgers University - Newark, Spring 2016, with Thurston Cleveland Hicks

The goal of Bartkowski and Hicks was that their students would never think in the same ways as they had previously about humans, as animals, and humans and animals--whether in terms of issues of commonalities, issues of preservation of habitats, issues of captivity, hunting, food sources, etc.

Migration Stories

Rutgers University - Newark, Fall 2015, with Tim Raphael

Curating Public Art

Rutgers University - Newark, Spring, 2018, with Ian Cofre


Rutgers University - Newark, Spring 2018, with Rachel Mundy

History, Memory, Trauma

Rutgers University - Newark, Fall 2016