Upcoming Events


Thursday, September 16

The annual Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Bloustein School and the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women, will be held on Thursday, September 16 in the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, Rutgers-New Brunswick. The lecture will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.


This year's lecture is on the topic of happiness. Carol Graham, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development and the Charles Robinson Chair in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, will discuss Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires. Dr. Graham’s research focuses on poverty, inequality, public health, and novel measures of well-being. Her projects have included a focus on the developing world and Latin America.

Friday, October 1

Family FeudThe Bloustein School Alumni Association's10th and final Family Feud will be on Friday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. It will once again be held at the Elks Lodge, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick -- directly across the street from the Civic Square Building. Tickets for alumni and their guest are $50 per person in advance, or $60 if paid at the door. This year's event also coincides with Rutgers' Homecoming 2010, so plan to make it a weekend back in New Brunswick and take the time to visit with your old EJB friends. More information can be found on the Family Feud website or download the flyer now!

Tuesday, October 19

The Bloustein School and the Heldrich Center are hosting a half-day conference on workplace flexibility as it affects American mothers. The conference is based on research conducted by Professor Jocelyn Elyse Crowley under an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. A report on Dr. Crowley's findings is available. More information will be announced on the Bloustein School's Events page as it becomes available.


Tuesday, October 26

As part of the 2010-11 Global Initiatives lecture series Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward, the Bloustein School will present a lecture by Neil Stuart, former head of IBM’s Global Business Services’ Canadian health consulting practice. His lecture, From Cure to Enhancement: What is the Way Forward for Globally Sustainable Health Care? will be held on Tuesday, October 26, in the Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Avenue, Rutgers-New Brunswick, beginning at 4:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 28

The annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 28. This year's speaker will be Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of PennPraxis. He will be giving an illustrated lecture about civic engagement and waterfront planning, titled "On the Philly Waterfront :Lessons from a Post-Industrial City."



Additional upcoming events will be announced on the Bloustein School's Events page.




Recent Events


The Bloustein School offers an active schedule lectures, films, conferences and seminars throughout the year. Recent highlights included:


Dam Removal, Storm Water Runoff among Featured Topics at Second Annual Sustainable Raritan River Symposium

Issues surrounding dam removal and stormwater runoff were among topics discussed by a range of experts and concerned citizens at the second annual Sustainable Raritan River Symposium on Friday, June 4 at Rutgers.


The symposium was sponsored by the Sustainable Raritan River Collaborative, a group of more than 50 partners from municipal, county, state and federal government; private business; nonprofit organizations; and interested individuals The Collaborative is led by faculty and students from the Bloustein School in cooperation with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).


“The Raritan River is a state treasure, with the lower Raritan serving 750,000 regional residents,” said Judy Shaw, project director for the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative. “The collaborative was formed in 2008 to address issues regarding the quality and use of the river and its tributaries. As we look to enhance our assets and revitalize the region as a place of special habitat value and scenic beauty, we need to re-examine how we use the river and what it offers.”


New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin provided the opening keynote. Also among the featured panelists were Bill Kibler of South Branch; Cindy Ehrenclou of the Upper Raritan; Henry Patterson of the New Jersey Water Supply Authority; Debbie Mans, New York/New Jersey Baykeeper; Bill Schultz, Raritan Riverkeeper; and Bob Spiegel of the Edison Wetlands.


County Freeholders Matt Holt (Hunterdon), Carol Barrett (Middlesex), John D’Amico (Monmouth), Jim Murray (Morris), BJ Kowalski (Union) and Peter Palmer (Somerset) were also present on a panel, discussing areas of interest within their respective counties. Caroline Ehrlich, Executive Director of Economic Development, Township of Woodbridge, reported on the progress of the Keasby BDA site along the Raritan River and introduced the video Brownfields to Greenfields to Keasbey, produced by Wild New Jersey/EWA. NJ State Climatologist David Robinson also spoke on the impacts of climate change on the region.


The conference closed with the presentation of the Sustainable Raritan River Awards. This year's awards for exceptional work in their respective areas were presented to NJ DEP AmerCorps Ambassadors (Public Education), Woodbridge Township (Government Innovation), New Jersey Audubon (Environmental Stewardship), Raritan Riverkeeper (Public Access), Edison Wetland Association (Remediation and Redevelopment), and Henry J. Daaleman, President and CEO of the Mushett Family Foundation (Leadership in Sustainability).



Bloustein School, NIEER, Education Law Center Host Lecture on Education Reform

On April 27 the Bloustein School, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and the Education Law Center presented a lecture by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network. Dr. Darling-Hammond's presentation, "The Flat World and Education: What the Nation Can Learn from New Jersey Lecture" addressed education inequity in the United States and how New Jersey's Abbott programs can serve as a national model for reform.



Spring 2010 R/ECON™ Conference

Between January 2008 and March 2010 New Jersey lost almost one-quarter million jobs and 5.9 percent of its peak employment base of 4,092,500 in January 2008. Job losses occurred every month except October 2009, when the state gained 1,500 jobs, and February 2010 when a second gain of 3,200 jobs was recorded here. The February positions were washed away with all the March rain.

“New Jersey is starting to turn around, but job growth will be very slow,” predicted economist Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service at the R/ECON semiannual subscriber conference in April. Mantell foresees a nonagricultural employment gain of 0.2 percent in 2010 and 0.9 percent in 2011. For the forecast period ending in 2020, she estimated an average annual growth rate of 0.7 percent. She anticipates that the state’s recovery won’t be complete until 2016, when it will have regained all the jobs lost in the recession.

Visit the Rutgers Media Relations website for the complete article.


NJ Governor Chris Christie Presents Keynote Address at Sustainable Energy and Economic Policy Forum

On April 20 the Hon. Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, presented the keynote address at the Sustainable Energy and Economic Policy Forum. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy at the Bloustein School and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.


Speaking at the State Theater in New Brunswick, Christie noted that energy is an "engine of industry" and called for off-shore wind farms, more manufacturing of renewable energy equipment, and the installation of solar panels on landfills and on conserved farmland. He also said he and his administration will also be reviewing the state's 2008 Energy Master Plan during the next few months.


Following Governor Christie's address, the Hon. Lee Solomon, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, led a panel discussion of energy experts to begin the dialogue to advance New Jersey's public policy objectives of energy independence, economic development, and clean energy.


Video of Gov. Christie's Keynote Address



RAPPS hosts 2010 Symposium on Planning and Diversity in Perspective

The Rutgers Association of Planning and Policy Students presented the 2010 Symposium on Planning and Diversity in Perspective: Environmental Sustainability in Low Income and Minority Neighborhoods on February 19. In the morning session, panelists tackled the complexities of sustainable planning in inner-city neighborhoods and communities of color and addressed sustainable redevelopment as a community economic development activity; local, state, and federal policy efforts related to sustainability; and how to navigate a career in environmental sustainability.


Robert Curvin, Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, presented the 2010 Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture. His talk, Cities in Racial Transition: Planning and Policy Challenges, discussed the history of racial composition in American cities and how these changes are reflected in policy.



Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability is Topic at Ecologies in the Balance Global Initiatives Series

As part of the 2009-2010 Ecologies in the Balance Global Initiatives Series, Ecologies in the Balance? Thinking Through the Crises, the Bloustein School held a presentation and panel discussion "Architecture, Urbanism, and Sustainability." Event speakers included a welcome and introduction by Bloustein Professor Robert W. Lake; a discussion of “The Plight of the Object: Sustainable Design in an Age of Economic Crisis” by Jeffrey Holmes, Principal Architect at Woods Bagot, New York, NY; “Towards a Sustainable Infrastructure” by Leo E. Argiris, Principal of Arup Group, New York; and “Behaviorally Robust Green Design” by Jennifer A. Senick, Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Bloustein School.



Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture

Professor Rachelle Alterman, the David Azrieli Chair in Town Planning at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, presented the 2009-10 Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored with The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Dr. Alterman who specializes in cross-national comparative planning law and land- use regulation, spoke on "The Evolution of Israel's Housing Policies: Planning in the Face of Crisis."



Bloustein Hosts Second Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference

On February 17 the Bloustein School hosted the Second Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Planning and Public Policy. The all-day Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference is the annual keystone event of the Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy, commemorating Professor Don Krueckeberg's enduring contributions to the doctoral program by highlighting research by current doctoral students. This year, eleven students reported on their dissertation research, spanning a broad range of topics in planning and public policy.


A keynote lecture by Professor Robert Beauregard, a former colleague of Don Krueckeberg and currently Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, was also presented on the topic of "Balancing Evidence and Claims: Making Research Arguments."



Two-Day Teach-In on Afghanistan

Professor Meredeth Turshen, PhD moderated a teach-in on Afghanistan Feb. 9 and 10 on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers professors and guest speakers discussed a wide range of topics including the history of Afghanistan and the social, political and economic problems confronting Pakistan (Angus K. Gillespie), The Impact of Obama's Decision on the Construction of a Civil Society in the Region and the Role of Women (Fakhri Haghani), The Effects of War on Women and Iranian Anti-war Movement (Golbarg Bashi), and Veterans' Opposition to the War (Ken Dalton).



June Williamson Presents Annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture

June Williamson, Associate Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, presented the annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning on December 8. Ms. Williamson discussed the book she co-authored with Ellen Dunham-Jones, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. An urban designer and registered architect, she has authored design guidelines and consulted on numerous urban design projects throughout the U.S.