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Daniel Wolff and Walter Greason

Submitted by liza_12 on Fri, 10/22/2021 - 5:35pm



Daniel Wolff (author of Fourth of July Asbury Park) and Dr. Walter Greason (author & professor) discuss a changing Asbury Park .

About this event

Join a timely and critical conversation between two leading thinkers about Asbury Park. Both Daniel Wolff and Dr. Walter Greason shine a light on the ever-changing nature of this small, complex, and diverse city by the sea in their research. This illuminating conversation will place some of the dramatic changes in Asbury Park over the last few decades in the larger context of race and class and ask the question: who is telling the story of a changing Asbury, and to what effect?

The event also coincides with the re-release of Daniel Wolff's book Fourth of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land (Rutgers University Press) and will feature readings from both authors as well as book purchases and signings.


Daniel Wolff is the author of 4th of July Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land --widely hailed as one of the most nuanced and thorough historical accounts of Asbury Park--and the introduction to Born to Run: The Unseen Photographs by Eric Meola. He has been nominated for a Grammy and has helped produce a number of documentary films with director Jonathan Demme. His latest book is Grown-up Anger: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913.


Walter Greason is among the most prominent historians, educators, and urbanists in the world. Dr. Greason has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.Dr. Greason is the author of six books, including his two latest, Industrial Segregation and Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History (both Kendall-Hunt Publishers). Dr. Greason currently writes about the racial wealth gap and the patterns of economic globalization.

Event Details

Event Sponsors:

The Asbury Book Cooperative

Asbury Park African-American Music Project

The Asbury Park Historical Society

The Asbury Park Museum

The Asbury Park Music Foundation

The Asbury Park Arts Council

Purchase Books by the Speakers

Walter Greason

Paths to Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey

Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey

Daniel Wolff

Fourth of July Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land

Grown Up Anger

Long Walk Home


Is there a cost for this event? This is a FREE event, but due to space constraints, registration is required. Books and other merchandise will be available for purchase at the event. There will be a raffle giveaway of a print by a local artist through the Asbury Park Arts Council.

Do I need proof of vaccination? Yes, all attendees over the age of 12 are required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the event space in order to ensure public health and safety.

Do I have to be a member of Asbury Book Cooperative (ABC) to attend this event?No, anyone can attend. If you are interested in becoming a member of ABC, you can do so here.

Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event? No, there is no age requirement. However, please take note of the topic matter and adjust accordingly. Also, please be aware that participants are allowed to express their forthright and honest viewpoints.

Is there handicap access? The Asbury Hotel has a wheelchair accessible ramp and an ADA compliant restroom.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?There is ample paid street parking near the venue entrance. There is free parking available within a 10-minute walk in the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

The Asbury Park NJ Transit Center is a 20-minute walk or 5 minute cab ride from the venue entrance, with access to NJ Transit trains and buses.

What should I bring to the event? This is an indoor venue. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase at a cash bar in the space. Books by the speakers and other Asbury Park locals will be for sale at the event. The sponsoring organizations will have various forms of merchandise for sale at the event.

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Consent for photography and videotaping: Your attendance at this event is hereby construed as complete, irrevocable consent in perpetuity for videography, photography and other means of recording as well as distribution of same for promotional and educational purposes without compensation.

Event date: 
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
210 5th Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Fourth of July, Asbury Park: A History of the Promised Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781978820401
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rutgers University Press - November 24th, 2021