December 5, 2018

Cider and donuts

The Rutgers University Programming Association is serving free cider and donuts from December 5 to 12 on Busch, College Avenue, Cook, Douglass, and Livingston campuses. View times and locations.

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life presents Israel and American Jews: The Future of a Challenging Relationship, featuring speaker Yehuda Kurtzer, president, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, on December 13 at the College Avenue Student Center.

Rutgers Global Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School presents Rice Cookers, Umbrellas and Piety Laws: Health and Aging in China, featuring speaker XinQi Dong, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences, on December 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

There’s still time to see “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel” and “Celebrity Culture: Photographs from the Collection” at the Zimmerli Art Museum before they close at the end of the month. The Zimmerli is open during regular hours from December 26 to 30.

Peter Williamson, senior investigator, Translational Mycology Unit, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, presents Can We Make Cryptococcal Meningitis a (More) Benign Disease? on December 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Education Building, room 102, in New Brunswick.

November 20, 2018

Mason Gross

The dance department at Mason Gross School of the Arts features contemporary modern dance works by faculty and guest artists during DancePlus Fall 2018 from November 28 to December 1 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater.

Reinstated by the Trump administration, the Global Gag Rule cuts foreign aid to healthcare providers that offer abortions. The department of women’s and gender studies, School of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, host Trump’s Global Gag Rule: What Does it Mean for Women?, a discussion by professors Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Meredeth Turshen, and Marci Berger on December 6 in Alexander Library. Lunch is provided.

Rutgers Cinema is sponsoring free holiday movie screenings for faculty and staff with the donation of one canned good per person per movie on December 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 11 a.m. Movies include The Polar Express, Elf, Christmas Story, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Donations support the Rutgers Food Pantry.

Maximilian Uriarte, United States Marine Corps veteran, discusses his career and artwork, including his graphic novel The White Donkey: Terminal Lance, which is based on his first deployment in Iraq, on December 6 at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Selected drawings are on view in conjunction with “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel.”

Gain insight on being an effective student affairs professional at the 2018 Rutgers Excellence in Student Affairs Regional Conference hosted by the Division of Student Affairs from December 5 to 6 at the Livingston Student Center. Register by November 26.

Jesse Milan Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United, is the keynote speaker at the HIV/AIDS and Aging: A World AIDS Day Commemoration Seminar hosted by Rutgers School of Nursing and School of Public Health on November 30 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Registration is required.

November 7, 2018


In observance of Transgender Awareness Week, New Jersey Medical School Clinical Research Center and the Center for Transgender Health presents In Conversation: Infinite Possibilities at the Newark Museum on November 15.

The Rutgers Public Engagement Project at the Institute for Research on Women hosts the Write, Publish, Flourish: Demystifying Academic Writing workshop on November 8 in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building conference room. The workshop helps participants overcome stalls and blocks, cope with pressure to produce, maintain momentum, and write to engage readers from academic and nonacademic audiences. Register online.

The Institute for Women’s Leadership and Rutgers Global host the Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women’s Global Health, featuring Cecile Richards, on November 12 at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. Register Register online.

The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative hosts Child Health in the 21st Century on November 16 at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. The symposium focuses on child health through the lens of nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight. Featured speakers include Matthew Gillman, National Institutes of Health, and Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBarnabas Health. Registration is required.

The Rutgers Filmmaking Center at Mason Gross School of the Arts presents a free film screening of Patti Cake$ followed by a Q&A with director Geremy Jasper on November 16 at Rutgers Cinema.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities presents A Family Centered Care Journey: One Mother’s Evolution from Fetal Surgery, to Coordinating Care, to Becoming a Health Care Professional on November 28 at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium in Somerset. Registration is required.

The School of Arts and Sciences executive dean’s office and department of history Rutgers Oral History Archives, Rutgers Living History Society host the Chambers Oral History Graduate Fellowship Lecture, featuring Pamela Walker, Ph.D. candidate in the department of history, on December 1 at Rutgers Academic Building, West Wing, Room 6051 at noon. Walker’s lecture, Down in the Delta: Oral Histories from a Hallowed Home, will explore the relationship between rural motherhood, civil rights, and antipoverty organizing in the 1960s. RSVP to

Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division hosts a free jazz workshop for children ages 11 to 18 on November 13 at the Nicholas Music Center. The workshop provides an opportunity to audition for the upcoming session of Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble, which begins November 20. For more information, call 848-932-8618.

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences department of landscape architecture and the Zimmerli Art Museum host Philip Ursprung, dean of the department of architecture at ETH Zurich, who will present the work of Allan Kaprow, the groundbreaking artist who helped found the Fluxus movement at Rutgers, on November 9 at the museum.

October 24, 2018

 Alison Bechdel, A Story About Life, 2009

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 on 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.)

Register for the Academic Health Symposium hosted by president Robert Barchi; Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health; and Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The keynote speaker, David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, will discuss core challenges facing our health care system on October 30 at the Livingston Student Center.

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, on 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.

At the 19th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life will screen a diverse array of dramatic and documentary films from around the world from 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, on November 8 at the Radisson Hotel in Piscataway.

The Institute for Research on Women presents My City Was Gone: Gentrification, AIDS, and Urban Change on 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 the American Ballet Theatre during ABT Day on October 28 at the Nicholas Music Center. A performance will end the day. Register online.

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, with support from the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick and Division of Student Affairs, presents Making Informed Choices for the Public Good: Advancing Civil Dialogue on Gun Policy. Join us for 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 on October 24 at the Livingston Student Center. Registration is required. Walk-ins may be accommodated space permitting.

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.