Alluring and Random Questions Turn Rutgers Students’ Attention Toward Ecology

Alluring and Random Questions Turn Rutgers Students’ Attention Toward Ecology

How does it feel to be young and Arab in America? Should I sell my shore house? What do corporations owe society? These questions may seem unrelated at first glance. Yet they all point to a common theme that will be explored over the next two years during a Rutgers University series of seminars, events, courses and programs that examine the interdependence of all living things and their environments.


The overall theme of the series, “Ecologies in the Balance?,” is that all events – from acts of nature to war to economic changes – have an impact on ecosystems.

“The unprecedented crises that have engulfed the world are fundamentally changing the ways in which we live our everyday lives and interact with our social, political and physical environment,” says Joanna Regulska, dean of International Programs at Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences. “Things that we have taken for granted are no longer available; and events that we did not anticipate seem to be here to stay. Our futures are indisputably altered.”

How are we to make sense of Humvees on the highway or camouflage gear as a fashion trend? That’s one of many questions students will ponder in the course, “War: Critical Perspectives.” In this School of Arts and Sciences’ signature course, students are encouraged to examine how military operations abroad affect their lives in the United States.

Using provocative topics is the school’s tactic to engage students as well as demonstrate that research does not occur in a vacuum. According to Executive Dean Douglas Greenberg, a goal for the School of Arts and Sciences is to create courses of “depth and power” that will attract students, arouse new ideas and make the world of research tangible.

Below are highlights of the ecological programming scheduled this semester:

October 12 at 8 p.m.
“Truth, Trial, and Terror in a Khmer Rouge Prison Camp”
School of Arts and Sciences signature course lecture and film series
Department of Anthropology
Busch Campus Center, 604 Bartholomew Rd., Piscataway
(Reception to follow)

October 14 at 7 p.m.
"Rising Waters"
Film Screening and Discussion with Director Andrea Torrice
Department of Global Initiatives
Alexander Library, 169 College Ave., New Brunswick
(Reception at 6:30 p.m.)

October 16 at 2 p.m.
“Public Information or Mass Panic? The Thin Line in Communicating about Health and Ecological Crises”
School of Communication & Information
Alexander Library, 169 College Ave., New Brunswick
(Reception to follow)


October 22 at 4:30 p.m.
“The Extinction of Sex”
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick


November 3 at 5 p.m.
“How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America”
Department of American Studies


November 10 at 4 p.m.
“Feminism, the Green Movement and the Catholic Church: Can they Coexist?”
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Douglass Library, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick


November 16 at 6 p.m.
“Bullshit,” Panel discussion and film screening
Department of Global Initiatives
Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick


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