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WINTER 2008

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Former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean headlined a full schedule of public events held at the Bloustein School during the Fall, lecturing on “Politics, Money and Ethics.”

The Bloustein School also welcomed University of Massachusetts Associate Professor Max Page, Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), independent filmmaker Christina Eliopoulos, University College London Professor Michael Battyand two farmers rights leaders from Latin America.

 

Betty Holland (second from left) and her family welcomed former Gov. Thomas H. Kean to the Bloustein School for the Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government Lecture, named in honor of her late husband and former mayor of Trenton
Betty Holland (second from left) and her family
welcomed former Gov. Thomas H. Kean to the
Bloustein School for the Arthur J. Holland Program
on Ethics in Government Lecture, named in honor of
her late husband and former mayor of Trenton

Governor Kean on "Politics, Money and Ethics"

Presenting the Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government Lecture in September, Governor Kean, who served from 1982 to 1990, cited three factors that have affected the ethical behavior of today’s lawmakers. One is the mounting cost of financing campaigns and the influence wielded by contributors. With the cost of some legislative races approaching $1 million, Kean said, candidates have been forced to reach beyond family, friends and their base of supporters to solicit contributions from special interest groups.

 

Once elected, Kean asked what obligations the lawmaker would feel to the contributor.

Kean also spoke of the “lust for office” that infects many officeholders who spend time in public office, leading to ethical compromises in order to retain the power and prestige of holding office. The growing imposition of party discipline has further compromised the political process by forcing lawmakers to vote the party line rather than through their conscience.

 

“This subjugation of moral and ethical decision-making to the party line undermines the independence of the people we elect to do the right thing for the right reasons,” said Kean. The Governor suggested there is a growing appreciation of independent public officials who are directed by their moral compass.

 

Max Page
Max Page

2007 Candeub Lecture

The 2007 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning was presented by Max Page, an associate professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts, who lectured on his forthcoming book The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears and Premonitions of New York City's Destruction.

 

One of the nation's preeminent urban historians, Page has a special interest in the evolution of New York and the process he terms “creative destruction.” His book, The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940, won the 2001 Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

 

Congressman Donald Payne
Congressman Donald Payne, who represents New Jersey's 10th Congressional District, visited the Bloustein School in October to discuss AFRICOM and other Africa-related issues.  AFRICOM is the United States Africa Command, a new U.S. military headquarters devoted solely to Africa that was created by the Department of Defense to coordinate U.S. military relations with 53 African countries. The event was cosponsored by the Bloustein School and the Center for African Studies.

 

(from left) Associate Professor Alison Isenberg, filmmaker Christina Eliopoulos, Assistant Professor Kathe Newman
(from left) Associate Professor Alison Isenberg,
filmmaker Christina Eliopoulos, Assistant Professor
Kathe Newman

Greetings From Asbury Park
The Bloustein School hosted a pre-release screening of the documentary film, Greetings from Asbury Park, in December. The event included a conversation and question and answer session with the filmmaker, Christina Eliopoulos, whose family has lived in the city for over 100 years.

 

The event was cosponsored by the center for Race and Ethnicity, the Policy and Place Collective and the Rutgers History Department. Assistant Professor Kathe Newman and Associate Professor of History Alison Isenberg moderated the event.

 

Professors Michael Batty, Richard Brail
Professors Michael Batty, Richard Brail

'Visual Simulation and the City"

University College London Professor Michael Batty in October delivered a presentation, Visual Simulation and the City, which explored new technologies for modeling, visualization and participation in the planning process. A member of the British Academy of Sciences, Professor Batty has focused his research work on the development of computer models of cities and regions. The Royal Geographical Society awarded him its Sir George Back Award in 1999 for “contributions to national policy and practice in planning and city design.”

 

His visit to the Bloustein School was cosponsored by the Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis.

 

Free Trade & The Rural Crisis
The Bloustein School in September hosted one of three events held at Rutgers that explored the plight of farmers internationally. Farm leaders Braulio Alvarez of Venezuela and Juan Tiney of Guatemala led a panel discussion on agriculture and free trade issues affecting farmers around the world.