November 18, 2015
Donate a Photo, and Another, and Another . . .
As a gift marking the yearlong celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, Rutgers’ longtime neighbor and partner Johnson & Johnson has announced a photo-taking initiative to provide scholarship support for students universitywide who are pursuing degrees in health-related professions.
To participate, take a few minutes to download the app and create an account, and then less than a minute a day to donate to a nonprofit of choice from a rotating list of selected Johnson & Johnson nonprofit partners. Participants can submit one photo a day, every day. For each photo submitted each day, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Rutgers for student scholarships. Each nonprofit has a start date and end date to receive a donation through the app. Rutgers is a featured nonprofit from now until January 30, 2016. Learn more here.
November 11, 2015
Camden Israeli Art Exhibit Presents Range of Perspectives and Views
The Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts is showcasing the works of 36 contemporary Israeli artists in a major exhibit, Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art, through December 17 in the Stedman Gallery in the campus’s Fine Arts Building.
In explaining motivation for the exhibit, cocurator Martin Rosenberg, professor of art history at Rutgers–Camden, noted Israel’s significance as a country with thousands of years of history; a focal point for three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a geopolitical focus in the 21st century; and a vibrant, diverse democracy in the midst of the Middle East turmoil. “Yet many in the United States know relatively little about Israel beyond what they read in the media,” Rosenberg said. “They especially aren’t aware of its vibrant contemporary expressions of art and culture, because relatively little Israeli art makes it to the U.S.” Learn more here.
November 4, 2015
Join the Celebration. Get Revolutionary!
The university community is invited to the Old Queens lawn at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on November 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the kickoff of Rutgers’ 250th anniversary year.
Colonial bell ringers, a fife-and-drum corps, a bell choir, musicians from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the unwrapping of a university birthday gift, and culinary treats are among the elements of the festivities, officially launching a yearlong series of academic and commemorative events culminating on November 10, 2016—precisely 250 years after the establishment of Rutgers’ predecessor institution, Queen’s College. There also will be a screening of the film, Our Revolutionary Spirit, highlighting some of Rutgers' most revolutionary leaders.
The Rutgers 250 organizers have created a broad, unifying theme—Revolution—to allow many stories about the university’s rich history to be told in a variety of ways. As the year unfolds, track Rutgers 250 events and activities here, get involved, and follow the excitement on social media using #rutgers250.
October 28, 2015
Melitta Schachner Receiving Rare Honor
Melitta Schachner, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and a distinguished professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been selected to receive a prestigious honorary doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg—the first such honor for extraordinary achievement in the life sciences that the institution has awarded in 50 years.
In 1976, Schachner became the first chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Heidelberg, where she also led the development of the Center for Neuroscience. She later established a Center for the Study of Neurobiology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
A member of the German Academy of Sciences, Schachner has focused her research and written prolifically on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie development, maintenance, and modifications of the adult central nervous system. She has authored more than 800 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 1965, as a summer student at the California Institute of Technology, she studied with Max Delbrück, the last person to receive the honor that Schachner will receive in Heidelberg in November.
October 21, 2015
Jewish Film Festival Starts October 28
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the 16th annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, which screens diverse, critically acclaimed, international productions and presents discussions with film directors and scholars, from October 28 to November 8. Except for opening night at Nicholas Music Center, all screenings are at Regal Cinemas Commerce Center, North Brunswick.
Opening night marks the New Jersey premiere of East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, documenting acclaimed Israeli musician David Broza (pictured) as he journeys to East Jerusalem to record his latest album with Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians, including Steve Earle and Wyclef Jean. Broza hopes that bridging cultures through music can be one small step toward peaceful coexistence. The 7:30 p.m. screening is followed by a Q&A and live music by Broza.
Other festival highlights include award-winning Israeli films Apples from the Desert and The Farewell Party, which features a talk by Highland Park critical care specialist Daniel Rosenblatt, and the documentary Rosenwald, about Sears Roebuck founder Julius Rosenwald, who built more than 5,000 southern schools for African-American children. Learn more and purchase tickets here or call the Bildner Center at 848-932-4166.
October 14, 2015
New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival
In the medical and health professions, which demand attention to minute details, you find many artists. Since 1999, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) ARTS has given the surrounding communities opportunities to see another side of health care providers and staff with three four-month art shows throughout the year.
Now through January 7, the school is hosting the Fall Arts Festival, showcasing 180 amateur and professional artworks created by members of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community and residents of the Greater Newark area it serves—creations ranging from paintings and photographs to sculpture, jewelry, and textiles—exhibited on NJMS walls and in common areas.
NJMS ARTS also sponsors the National Arts Program (January to April), part of a national initiative to feature employee and community art in the workplace, and the Collaborative Art Exhibition (May to August), which displays works from four arts organizations serving the disabled community. Meet the artists at a reception on October 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. on B-Level of the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here.
At left, an acrylic by Jersey City's Jaime Botero.
October 7, 2015
Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories
Why do some topics generate enormous ethical scrutiny and debate, while others don't? How do stories and images mobilize feelings and political and human resources that stimulate action? By what means do we, as individuals and as a society, lay claim to being ethical?
Such questions form the foundation for the 2015–2017 multidisciplinary Sawyer Seminar, Ethical Subjects: Moralities, Laws, Histories, supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. Seth Koven, professor of history, and Judith Surkis, associate professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the project directors, with several SAS and Rutgers Law School faculty members affiliated with the project.
Koven and Surkis also seek to collaborate with several Rutgers research centers and scholars from the region. Participating in the seminar, hosted by the Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty fellows. Koven and Surkis invite nonparticipants to attend the free plenary lectures, symposia, and public conversations. Learn more here.
At left, image by Jean Denis-Malclès illustrating Antigone defying Creon by claiming ethical obligations surpassing those of the law and the state.
September 30, 2015
Register Now for Black on the Banks: November 6–7
Register now for “Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s,” a free, public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education, featuring African-American alumni from the Rutgers College and Douglass College Classes of 1964 through 1973, on the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary.
The conference takes place November 6–7, 2015, at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics to be explored include: African Americans in a White University: Black Student Life at Rutgers College and Douglass College, 1961–1971; Intercollegiate Athletics and Black Students at Rutgers College in the 1960s, and African-American Students and Academic Life at Rutgers and Douglass in the 1960s.
Conference sponsors include Rutgers 250 Office; chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; School of Arts and Sciences; vice chancellor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs; vice chancellor, Student Affairs; Institute for Women’s Leadership; Office of the Dean, Douglass Residential College; Center for Race and Ethnicity; Center for Cultural Analysis; and Departments of African Studies, American Studies, English, and History. View the conference program and register here.
Pictured: Members of the 1970 Douglass College Afro-American House
September 23, 2015
Brightening Newark’s Future through Higher Education
Since its founding, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University–Newark has conducted relevant research and hosted numerous learning opportunities to improve the cultural, social, and economic development of Newark and its environs. Now in its 15th year, the center is taking on a new challenge to fulfill what Chancellor Nancy Cantor calls “a strategic anchor opportunity role,” according to director Roland Anglin (left). The center, with Anglin as principal investigator, recently received a $1.5 million award from the Foundation for Newark’s Future for the project New City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC).
The collaborative is focused on building an education pipeline for Newark students K–12. In 2000, the city achieved only 13 percent postsecondary attainment. NCLC’s goal is to boost the attainment of an associate degree or other high-quality credential to 25 percent by 2025.
The Cornwall Center is serving as a convening agent for Rutgers–Newark’s higher education partners including Bloomfield College, Essex County College, NJIT, and Pillar College, as well as select pre-college programs, to help break the city’s cycle of poverty through education. Learn more about the Cornwall Center here.
September 16, 2015
Renowned Sculptor’s Rutgers Homecoming
For more than 40 years, sculptor Melvin Edwards—a professor at Livingston College and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from 1972 to 2002—has produced an iconic body of work that has redefined the modernist tradition of welded sculpture. Now through January 10, the Zimmerli Art Museum is hosting Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, the artist’s first retrospective in 20 years, organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
Edwards’s work addresses African and American identity, as well as universal ideals such as freedom and individualism. His career spans crucial periods of upheaval and change in American culture and society, and his socially charged sculptures synthesize a diversity of artistic approaches, ranging from abstraction to collage to minimalism. At Rutgers, he taught sculpture, drawing, and an introduction to third-world artists. His sculpture Education Is an Open Book (1987), located on the Livingston Campus, is part of the university’s public sculpture collection.
Meet Edwards on September 24 at the Zimmerli’s artist reception, free and open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m. He also will present a free public lecture on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Room 110, the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick.