Recent Events


The Bloustein School hosted a full schedule of events during the 2008/09 academic year, including lectures, films, conferences and seminars. The highlights included:


The Annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning on October 16 featured Daniel

Daniel Lerch
James Hughes, Ruth Candeub and Daniel Lerch

Lerch, a Rutgers graduate with The Post Carbon Institute who lectured on his book, "Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty." A program manager with the Post Carbon Institute, Lerch has delivered presentations and workshops on his book, described as "the first major local government guidebook on peak oil and global warming," to elected officials, city planners and other audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Ireland and the UK.


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This year’s Annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture featured a reading of Columbia University Professor Herbert J. Gans’ presentation, Imagining the Suburban Future. The February presentation revisited themes around suburban life Gans had first raised in his seminal works of the 1960s, “The Urban Villagers” and “The Levittowners.” Following his presentation, Edison Mayor Jun Choi, William J. Kearns, Jr., general counsel for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and Tim Evans, New Jersey Future’s research director, offered their perspectives for today’s New Jersey suburbs.


Arie Nesher
Michael Greenberg, Yael Zerubavel and Arie Nesher

Prominent Israeli architect Dr. Arie Nesher delivered this year's Edward J. Bloustein and Ruth Ellen Steinman Memorial Lecture speaking on "Politics of the Environment in Israel and the Region." The October 6 event was co-sponsored by The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. An architect and city planner, Dr. Nesher is Professional Director of the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University.


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The 2008 presidential election inspired two events held at the Bloustein School:
A Cross-Academic Forum on Healthcare Reform and the 2008 Presidential Election was held October 10. Professor Alan Rosenthal of the Eagleton Institute of Politics moderated a panel discussion with Professor Joel C. Cantor, Bloustein School and the Rutgers Center on State Health Policy; Dr. Allison M. Blake, Rutgers School of Social Work, Institute for Families; Professor David Mechanic, Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy & Aging Research; Professor Alan Monheit, UMDNJ School of Public Health, and Professor Cliff Zukin, Bloustein School.


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In September, the Bloustein School and the Edward J. Bloustein Public Service Association hosted a viewing of the televised Forum on Service and Civic Engagement involving presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. The Bloustein event included discussion about the new Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellowships.


The Bloustein School’s research centers once again sponsored a wide range of  events.


Rob Kitchin
Rob Kitchin

On October 23, Rob Kitchin, a geography professor with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, delivered a presentation on “Soft Cities: Software and the Remaking of the American City,” that was cosponsored by the Rutgers Department of Geography.


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The National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment joined with U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and the New Jersey Association of Counties in cosponsoring a September event, Rebuilding Brownfields with Green Solutions. Rutgers President Richard McCormick joined with Senator Menendez, Commissioner Joseph Doria of the NJ Department of Community Affairs, NJAC President Brett Radi, Assistant Commissioner Irene Kropp of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and Brownfields Center Director Dr. Michael Greenberg to discuss state and county perspectives on brownfields redevelopment.


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An October 24 policy symposium on the “Cultural Economy of New Jersey” was hosted by the Center for Government Services. The symposium revisited a controversial speech issued in 1959 by then Rutgers President Mason Gross who characterized New Jersey as “culturally almost bankrupt,” because state residents needed to go to Philadelphia or New York to get their culture. The impact of the arts on today’s state economy was explored by University Professor Joseph J. Seneca, New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, Elizabeth Currid, an assistant professor of urban planning at the University of Southern California, Jeffrey Norman, vice president of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and John McEwen, executive director of the  New Jersey Theatre Alliance.


In September, the Center for Government Services hosted an economic development workshop for New Jersey municipal elected officials, economic development and redevelopment officers, professional planners, planning and zoning board members, real estate developers, and others involved in job creation and improving the quality of life in New Jersey communities.


JoAnn Milliken
JoAnn Milliken

The Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy (CEEEP) hosted a number of events as part of its Hydrogen Learning Project. Dr. JoAnn Milliken, the U.S. Department of Energy's hydrogen program manager, headlined a February 9 event, "Hydrogen in New Jersey: A New Policy?" that explored the work being performed in the Hydrogen Program and how New Jersey can develop a similar policy to help fulfill its state Energy Master Plan. She was joined by a panel that included Kenny Esser, chief energy advisor to Governor Jon Corzine, David Goldston, former chief of staff to the U.S. House Committee on Science, and Clint Andrews, director of the Bloustein School’s Urban Planning and Policy Development Program.


An October 9 Hydrogen Learning Center event focused on four key areas of the hydrogen economy: advanced and new technologies; fuel cells; hydrogen production; and siting hydrogen facilities and transportation. Following remarks by Congressman Rush Holt and Jeanne Fox, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, a panel discussion was held with Mike McGowan, Linde North America; Mike Schweizer, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Charles Dismukes, Princeton University.


Also in October, CEEEP hosted a public forum on “The Future of Independent System Operators (ISOs)” at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. Seth Hulkower, president of Strategic Energy Advisory Services and former COO of the Long Island Power Authority, moderated a panel discussion with Phillip Harris, former president and CEO of PJM (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland Interconnection); Jeffrey Tranen, former president and CEO, California ISO; and William Museler, former president and CEO, New York ISO.


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The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) in March welcomed author Jill Jonnes for a presentation on her book Conquering Gotham, about the construction of the original Penn Station New York and its connecting rail tunnels to New Jersey and Long Island. Following her presentation, Art Silber of NJ TRANSIT provided an update on the Access to the Region’s Core project, the first new trans-Hudson rail crossing in a century.


Also in March, VTC cosponsored a daylong event at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University on “Transportation & Infrastructure Issues for the Next Decade.”  VTC Director Robert Noland and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mort Downey, who chairs the VTC board, made presentations. 

During the fall, VTC and the New Jersey Department of Transportation hosted a series of Common Ground Leadership Seminars on issues related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation.


The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development cohosted a pair of November events. On November 13, the Heldrich Center, the School of Management and Labor Relations, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics sponsored "The Big Squeeze on U.S. Workers and Workers' Rights," a presentation and book signing with author Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times.


In partnership with North Jersey Partners WIRED, the Heldrich Center sponsored a rountable discussion at Kean College on the future workforce needs of New Jersey's Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution (TLD) sector. The roundtable provided industry representatives, educators, workforce development leaders, and industry experts the opportunity to discuss employer needs and identify strategies for meeting the sector's need for skilled workers.


EJB faculty also were active in developing events.


Faculty Fellow Roland Anglin offered commentary following a screening of Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke at the Rutgers Student Center on October 23. Anglin was joined by the film’s co-producer Sam Pollard.


Professor Meredeth Turshen sponsored two film screenings followed by open discussion, Syriana in February and Blood and Oil in November.