The following events took place during Rutgers' 250th Anniversary commemoration held November 10, 2015, through November 10, 2016. Watch the documentary that chronicles the yearlong celebration at 250.rutgers.edu/250documentary.
Stop by and take a photo with the monument. You can find the monument at the Engineering Quad Area near the Science and Engineering Resource Center on the Busch Campus in New Brunswick. And, don't forget to post your photo to Instagram, Twitter, and Rutgers Facebook page using #Rutgers250. This summer, look for the monument at the Livingston Campus. | Location: Engineering Quad Area, Busch Campus, 118 Frelinghuysen Road (approximate address), New Brunswick, NJ.
Lecture: Rutgers and American Slavery: A History by MIT professor of American history Craig Steven Wilder
Through the work of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History, the university will host on April 6 a lecture by Craig Steven Wilder, Professor of American History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Professor Wilder’s book lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy and examines the ties of many of America's revered colleges and universities–including Rutgers–to slavery. The lecture is free and open to the public.
About the speaker: Craig Steven Wilder is a historian of American institutions and ideas. Professor Wilder’s most recent book is Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (New York: Bloomsbury, September 2013), which Kirkus Reviews named one of the best nonfiction books of the year and which won multiple book awards. He is also the author of A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (Columbia University Press, January 2001) and In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City (New York University Press, February 2005). His recent essays include “War and Priests: Catholic Colleges and Slavery in the Age of Revolution,” in Slavery’s Capitalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and “‘Driven . . . from the School of the Prophets’: The Colonizationist Ascendance at General Theological Seminary,” the inaugural essay in the digital journal New York History.
Wilder has advised and appeared in numerous historical documentaries, including Ken Burns’ “Race Man” (2016), which explores the transformative career of Jackie Robinson, and “The Central Park Five”, which received the 2013 Peabody Award. Professor Wilder serves on the board of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center, New York Public Library, and has directed or advised exhibits at regional and national museums, including the New York Historical Society, and the Chicago History Museum. Professor Wilder began his career as a community organizer in the South Bronx. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Williams College, and Long Island University, and has been a visiting professor at the New School University and University College London.
| Location: Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ.
250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium: “The Future of the Research University”
Rutgers University will welcome distinguished scholars and academic leaders who will explore the question of “The Future of the Research University.”
- Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and former Acting United States Secretary of Commerce, will provide session one's keynote: A 19th Century Model in the 21st Century.
Respondents include: Jan Lewis, moderator (History, Dean of Faculty, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Newark); Ann Gould (Chair, Rutgers University Senate; Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences), and Ben Justice (Department of Educational Theory, Graduate School of Education).
- William Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, former president of Princeton University, and author of more than 20 books, most recently a co-author of Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 2015), will present session two's keynote: What Does the History of the Research University Tell Us about Its Future?
Respondents include: Linda Stamato, moderator (Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy); Ben Sifuentes-Jàuregui (Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences); Lily Young (Provost, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Environmental Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences).
A reception will follow the symposium.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Location: Rutgers Business School, Room 1095, 100 Rockafeller Road, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, NJ.
On this 250th Anniversary year of Rutgers University, women executives, corporate sponsors, and undergraduate students are invited to join in the Annual Women Build Summit, an exciting day of discussion and networking around the theme of “Women Revolutionizing Business & Technology.” The day highlights the evolving role of technology in business across the decades and showcases women’s leadership at the intersection of business innovation and the tech industry. RSVP to Sangeeta Rao at email@example.com or at 973-353-5709. | Location: Hyatt Regency, Two Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ.
SEBS Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture: “Adventures in the Anthropocene” with Author Gaia Vince
Join us for an adventure story told by nonfiction Royal Society-winning author Gaia Vince, who will discuss her book “Adventures in the Anthropocene.” A book signing and reception will follow the event. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 3 p.m. | Location: Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 101, 61 Dudley Road, G.H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick, NJ.
Come watch the New Jersey Medical School go up against Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in this charity hockey game to benefit the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. Since 1983, ECF has helped more than 1700 families in New Jersey manage their struggle with pediatric cancer.
Join us for a celebration of comics, fantasy, and pop culture. The third annual Camden Comic Con, cohosted by Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts and the Art Students League, will feature guest creators and artists such as Bob McLeod, panel discussions, live music, and family-friendly activities. Peruse comics, pick up rare issues, engage in cosplay, and celebrate the love of all things nerdy. Event is free and open to the public. | Location: Rutgers University–Camden Athletic and Fitness Center, 301 Linden Street, Camden, NJ.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association Sixth Annual Scholarship Gala to Celebrate with Alumni and Friends
Join the medical school's alumni association in honoring distinguished alumni, faculty, and supporters. In addition, several classes will celebrate their milestone anniversaries. | Location: The Heldrich, 10 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.
Under the direction of Patrick Gardner, together the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and Riverside Choral Society present Aldridge's Variations on a Folk Tune for piano solo and orchestra, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Duruflé’s Requiem. | Location: April 9, 2016, at Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ. Admission: General Public $15; Rutgers Alumni, Employees, and Seniors $10; and Students $5. Also, on April 16, 2016, at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY.
Express Yourself: First-Year Writing Contest Finale
Rutgers University–Newark Office of Student Life will host a writing contest and invite first-year and transfer students to share their thoughts and experiences about Rutgers. Students can participate by submitting their original written piece in one of two categories: personal essay or poetry. Students will be asked to share their story in a creative manner, and each category will acknowledge one winner who will receive a prize valued at $300. | Location: Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ. This is a free event. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.