October 24, 2018


Now through December 30, the Zimmerli Art Museum presents Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel. Bechdel is known for Dykes to Watch Out For, her pioneering comic strip about the lives of a group of lesbian friends, and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the Tony-award winning musical of the same name. Join a curator-led tour at the next Art After Hours November 6. (Photo credit: Alison Bechdel, A Story About Life, 2009. Published in “San Francisco Panorama,” special issue of McSweeney’s. Courtesy of the artist.)

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with support from the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick and the Division of Student Affairs presents Making Informed Choices for the Public Good: Advancing Civil Dialogue on Gun Policy. Members of the Rutgers community are invited to join a discussion about leadership, courage, and working toward policy solutions through civil discourse with former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA Astronaut and Navy Captain Mark Kelly October 24 in Livingston Hall in the Livingston Student Center. Registration is required; walk-ins may be accommodated space permitting. 

Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Rutgers School of Public Health host Public Health and Our Ports: The Road to Clean Air Conference, which examines the health impacts of the Port of New York and New Jersey October 26 at Rutgers Law School in Newark. Learn from decision-makers, public policy thought leaders, environmental and health professionals, labor and faith-based organizations, and academics on how we can protect public health. 

For the 19th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life screens a diverse array of dramatic and documentary films from around the world October 30 through November 11 at the AMC Loews New Brunswick and Princeton Garden Theatre.    

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy hosts the 68th Annual Roy A. Bowers Pharmaceutical Conference Harnessing Innovation and Value in Population Health Management: Predictive Modeling and Patient Stratification to Target High-Risk Populations and Improve Quality November 8 at the Radisson Hotel, 21 Kingsbridge Road in Piscataway. Registration required.

The Institute for Research on Women presents My City Was Gone: Gentrification, AIDS, and Urban Change November 1 at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building. Speakers Mindy Fullilove, Amber Hollibaugh, and Carmen Vázquez discuss the relationship between gentrification, AIDS, and urban change.

Mason Gross School of the Arts provides workshops and master classes featuring faculty members and dancers from American Ballet Theatre during ABT Day October 28 at Nicholas Music Center. A performance will end the day. Register here.

October 10, 2018

Mason Gross Open Studios

Get a behind-the-scenes look with Mason Gross Open Studios. Up to 80 BFA and MFA student artists welcome visitors into their private studios in the Civic Square Building and Livingston Arts Building on October 27.

The New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival features art by faculty, students, staff and patients. The exhibition is on display until January 2 throughout B-level of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark. An artists’ reception will be held on October 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosts a conversation with Andrea Hetling on October 22 to discuss housing and intimate partner violence, as explored in her book, Home Safe Home: Housing Solutions for Survivors of Intimate Partner. Register online.

The Zimmerli Art Museum and Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division present Self-Confessed – Great Women in Classical Music, featuring violin and piano performances by Mason Gross faculty members on October 21 at the museum.

Public Catastrophes, Private Losses, the first event in the Institute for Research on Women’s 2018–19 Distinguished Lecture Series, explores the significance of intergenerational trauma in transnational families on October 11 in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass Campus.

Rutgers Cinema screens Venom and First Man. Ticket prices with valid school ID are $5 before 6 p.m. and $7 after.

September 26, 2018

rocks balanced on top of each other

Rutgers Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services offers free mindfulness meditation workshops for students, faculty, and staff members each week at noon in a variety of locations in New Brunswick and Piscataway. View this semester’s PDF schedule.

Join in the free celebration of the newly renovated Nicholas Music Center featuring the Rutgers University Glee Club, Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, Voorhees Choir, and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra on September 30.

Parent and Family Weekend, October 5–7, is a great opportunity for parents and families to reconnect with their students early in the fall semester. 

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life presents Rebecca Erbelding, who discusses her new book on the War Refugee Board and America’s efforts to save the Jews of Europe during World War II on October 9 at the Douglass Student Center. RSVP requested.

Mason Gross School of the Arts hosts co-cureate, mini-exhibitions organized by teams of BFA and MFA students representing a hybrid of “collaboration, curating and creation” from September 26 to October 12 in the Mason Gross Galleries. A reception is on September 27.

The Rutgers Honors College and Center for Cognitive Science present Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, a talk by Steven Pinker, one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals, who makes the case for reason, science and humanism on October 3 in Scott Hall. RSVP online.

Enjoy six featured House of Mandela wines expertly paired with an authentic six-course South African dinner on September 27 at The Rutgers Club. Maki Mandela (eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela) and Tukwini Mandela (granddaughter of Nelson Mandela), co-owners of House of Mandela wines, will be present to describe each wine and discuss their family’s legacy. Proceeds benefit the Will Power Fund. Learn more and register online.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference presents Bodies of Power / Theory in the Flesh on October 5 at Alexander Library. Register online.

September 12, 2018

Still photo from The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World film by Annamaria Talas

Thirty-five films will have New Jersey or area premieres during the 37th Annual New Jersey Film Festival September 14 to October 26 at Rutgers–New Brunswick. The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Cinema Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences, showcases new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. (shown above, a still from The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World by Annamaria Talas.)

The Center for Youth Political Participation at Eagleton Institute of Politics presents To Form a More Perfect Union: Combating the Politics of Fear and Anger, a lecture with A'Lelia Bundles, former president and chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation on September 20 at Douglass Student Center. Register online.

The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts a reception for the new exhibit Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel on September 20.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the LGBTQA Faculty and Staff Social on September 19 at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP online.

Enjoy free events at the Plaza at Livingston Campus, including a DJ performance series on Thursdays, live music lunch hours on Fridays, and a Plaza Fall Kickoff Event September 13 from 1 to 8 p.m.

Rutgers Cinema is screening The Nun through September 13 and The Predator through September 16.

The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies at Rutgers School of Public Health will host a free community forum, HIV Prevention: U=U, PrEP and PEP-Knowing the Facts, on September 16 at Union County College. Register online.

Ruby Namdar, winner of the 2014 Sapir Prize in Israel for the novel The Ruined House, presents Living in English, Writing in Hebrew September 27 at the Douglass Student Center. RSVP online.

Become a better pet parent with practical knowledge from animal experts at Rutgers Pet Care School on October 13 on Cook campus.