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April is packed with Rutgers 250-related events, leading up to a historic Rutgers Day celebration on April 30 at our locations in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark. See a full listing of events on our Rutgers 250 Events Calendar.
On April 7, prominent scholars William Bowen, former president of Princeton University, and Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will offer insights on a transitional time for research universities across the country. Rutgers faculty will respond to the keynotes. The first of three presidential symposia to be held in the anniversary year, the event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Business School on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway. Learn more and RSVP.
The Rutgers 250 Charity Ice Hockey Game at 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark will match Rutgers School of Dental Medicine against New Jersey Medical School. Proceeds will benefit the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, which helps New Jersey families manage their struggles with pediatric cancer. Learn more.
The Women BUILD (Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development) program at Rutgers Business School will host a summit on “Women Revolutionizing Business and Technology” on April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick. The event will highlight technology’s evolving role in business and showcase women’s leadership at the intersection of business innovation and the tech industry. Learn more.
Author and MacArthur “genius” award winner Carl Safina will answer the question, “What are animals thinking and feeling?” on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health in New Brunswick. His talk is part of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture series. A reception and book signing will follow. Register for the lecture.
Read about Safina’s research in“Beyond Words” recently featured in Rutgers Magazine.
Rutgers University–Camden and ETS are teaming up on April 14–15 to convene a symposium, Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color. The symposium, at the Rutgers–Camden Campus Center, is a conversation on challenges including educational disparities, racial and gender discrimination, disparate discipline practices, and health and wellness issues.Learn more.
Two Concerts Honor Rutgers 250
On April 16 at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir will give a Rutgers 250 Gala Concert, featuring Aldridge’s Variations on a Folk Tune, Poulenc’sGloria, and Duruflé’s Requiem. On April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick, the Rutgers University Glee Club will perform its 144th annual spring concert and Rutgers 250 celebration, with alumni participation on selections including “Evviva Beviam” from Verdi’s Ernani.
Mara Brock Akil, producer of the TV series Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane, will speak at the Digital Blackness Conference, a two-day event on April 22–23 at the Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick examining how digital technologies have reshaped the meaning, understanding, and representation of Blackness. Hosted in part by the School of Arts and Sciences with the support of Rutgers 250, the conference includes a live-streamed digital town hall meeting. The event is free and open to the public. Learnmore and register.
Celebrate Rutgers 250 by taking part in Rutgers Day activities, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30, rain or shine, in Camden and Newark as well as New Brunswick. Thousands of visitors will enjoy exhibits and activities that showcase Rutgers’ research, student programs, and outreach to New Jersey. Learn about Rutgers Day.
The enormously successful online history course that explores the university's 250-year transformation, “History of Rutgers,” is now being offered to students across Rutgers and to alumni in the Fall 2016 semester. It will again be taught by professors Rudy Bell and Paul Clemens. Alumni and students are encouraged to register. Learn more or register for the course.
May 7: Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni will induct NFL standouts Devin and Jason McCourty, Occidental Petroleum CEO Stephen I. Chazen, South Africa philanthropist Phuti Mahanyele, and Stand Up To Cancer CEO Sung Poblete Nur.
May 15: Graduates, family, friends, faculty, and staff will celebrate Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Commencement at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.