Celebrating 20 Years


20th AnniversaryBloustein School celebrates 20th anniversary in 2011-12 academic year

In September 2011 the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and P ublic Policy began celebrating its 20th anniversary. Established and approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors in 1992, the school serves as one of the nation’s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis.

Anniversary Grand Reception, April 26, 2012

Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities

With its urban planning program ranked third nationally, and its public policy program recently accredited, the Bloustein School is committed to a rebirth of the public service ethic in the United States. The ethic focuses on good civic design in its broadest sense, encompassing such endeavors as housing, transportation, workforce development, public health, economic development ecological balance, and social justice for the disadvantaged. The school supports a wide variety of educational activities, including undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs, continuing education and conferences for professionals and alumni, and a range of research centers focused on major planning and policy issues.

Edward J. Bloustein was the 17th president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University and received his law and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell. After teaching at NYU and serving as President of Bennington College, he was appointed President of Rutgers in 1971, forty years ago. Under Edward J.Bloustein’s presidency, Rutgers advanced to achieve distinction as one of the major public research universities in the nation, and was invited in 1989 to join 56 other prestigious academic institutions that make up the Association of American Universities. This was the same year in which Dr. Bloustein passed away.

The establishment of the School of Planning and Public Policy was one of Dr. Bloustein’s last acts as president, and it was named in his honor in 1992. Citing his leadership in establishing partnerships among the university, state, and private sector as well as his great involvement in the public service mission of the university, the Rutgers Board of Governors noted that he often spoke of the need for a school to serve local and state public policy concerns and of the importance of community service as part of a liberal education.

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Thursday  1 Alumni and Student Social Mixer in Philadelphia TBA 7:00 p.m.
Thursday  8 Donald Krueckeberg Doctorial Conference Special Events Forum 9:00 a.m.
Monday 19 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Getting a Ph.D. Sooner or Later (Judy Shaw and Henry Mayer, Rutgers University) Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 20 Alumni Panel Discussion: Economics, Finance, and State and Local Government Room 112 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 29 Faculty Research Presentation: Analysis and Public Policy: When Will They Start Listening? (Stuart Shapiro) Room 261 4:00 p.m.
Monday  2 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Marla Nelson, University of New Orleans, Recovery in a Shrinking City: Challenges to “Rightsizing” Post-Katrina New Orleans Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  5 Alumni and Student Social Mixer in New Brunswick TBA 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10 Alumni Panel Discussion: International Development CSB 112 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11 Faculty Research Presentation: Pedestrians in New Jersey (Robert Noland, Robert Burchell) -- this event was rescheduled from March 5 Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 26 Anniversary Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities Heldrich Hotel 8:00 a.m.
Thursday 26 Anniversary Grand Reception Hilton East Brunswick Hotel 6:00 p.m.
Friday 27 Anniversary Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities Heldrich Hotel 8:00 a.m.
Saturday 28 Rutgers Day Piscataway/New Brunswick TBA



Friday   9 Naming Ceremony for Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement Special Events Forum 10:00 a.m.
Monday 12 Bloustein/Steinman lecture by Paul Goldberger, Ground Zero Ten Years Later: What Have We Wrought? Special Events Forum 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 15 Alumni and Student Social Mixer in New Brunswick George Street Ale House, New Brunswick 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 18 Raritan River Fall Float New Brunswick 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday 20 Alumni Panel Discussion: Transportation Room 112 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 22 Faculty Research Presentation: Transportation and Homeland Security with a New Jersey Focus (Michael Greenberg, Jon Carnegie, Paul Larrousse) Room 369 4:30 p.m.
Monday 26 Alumnus of the Year Reception Trenton Marriott 5:30 p.m.
Thursday  6 Alumni and Student Social Mixer in Philadelphia Jose Pistolas; 263 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 13 Kick-off of Byrne Seminars on “Reimagining the City” by Dean James W. Hughes on the City of New Brunswick Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 19 Alumni Panel Discussion: Land Use Room 253 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 27

Faculty Research Presentation: Introducing the Ecology of School Readiness: From Preschoolers' Stories to their Pre-K Attendance (Stephanie Curenton)

Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  3 APA-NJ Conference New Brunswick Hyatt  
Friday  4 APA-NJ Conference New Brunswick Hyatt  
Friday  4 Alumni and Student Social Mixer at APA-NJ Conference George Street Ale House, New Brunswick 6:00 p.m.
Monday  7 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Thomas Angotti, Hunter College, Cities and Global Climate Change in the 21st Century: Enclaves and Urban Orientalism Room 113 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday  9 Isadore Candeub Lecture in Planning by Dwight Merriam, What We Must Never Forget: The Social Equity Obligations of Planners and Planning Officials Special Events Forum 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 10 Alumni and Student Social Mixer in New York City Galway Hooker, 7 E. 36th St., NYC 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 15 Alumni Panel Discussion: Community Development Room 112 6:00 p.m.
Tues.-Thurs. 15-17 Conference: New Jersey League of Municipalities(exhibit) Atlantic City, NJ  
Friday 18 Conference on Transportation Security and Safety    
Monday 21 Faculty Research Presentation: Saving Paradise: Drafting a New Zoning and Subdivision Code for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Stuart Meck) Room 261 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday  6 Alumni Panel Discussion: Evaluation, Research, and Survey Room 261 6:00 p.m.
Thursday  8 Faculty Research Presentation: Is Impact Investing Hype or Hope? The Case of Developmental Venture Capital (Julia Sass Rubin) Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Monday 12 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Philip Ashton, University of Illinois at Chicago, Sale of the Century: The Rise and ‘Fall’ of the High-Priced Infrastructure Lease CSB 113 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 24 Alumni Panel Discussion: Social and Education Policy Room 112 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 26 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Ana Baptista, The New School: PhD to Non-Profit: A Post-Doctoral Career Outside of Academia Room 261 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  2 Faculty Research Presentation: Influencing National Labor Economics from the Inside and the Outside (Carl Van Horn, William Rodgers) Room 261 4:00 p.m.
Thursday  9 Alumni and Student Social Mixer at Social Bar Grill Lounge, 795 8th Ave (between 48th & 49th St.), New York, New York Social Bar Grill Lounge 7:00 p.m.
Monday 13 Ph.D. Colloquium Speaker Series: Ted Koebel, Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech: A Rutgers Planning Career Backwards and Forwards Room 369 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 15 Alumni Panel Discussion: Environment, Urban Design, and Sustainability Room 113 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 21 Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture by Susan Fainstein, Planning for The Just City Special Events Forum 6:00 p.m.





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