Great Minds Visit Rutgers

From across the Hudson River, around the nation, and the world beyond our shores, exceptional thinkers come to Rutgers to enlighten, engage, and entertain. Fall semester lectures at the New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses cover the gamut of human inquiry.

A Children's Bill of Rights; How to Travel like an Anthropologist; award-winning literature; and Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century are just some of the topics you can explore with our standout lineup of speakers. Peruse our sampling of notable fall semester speakers and see who grabs your attention. Most events are free and open to the public.


Featured Speakers

Jericho Brown and Tiphanie YaniqueJericho Brown and Tiphanie Yanique: Award-Winning Authors
Date: December 6, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–Newark
Discipline: English

Award-winning writers Jericho Brown, author of Please, and Tiphanie Yanique, author of How to Escape from a Leper Colony, come to read from their works as part of the Writers at Newark Reading Series. The event is hosted by the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program and the Cultural Programming Committee.

Explore other speakers who will appear at Rutgers in December.

James Caporaso: Europe in Four Parts: Tensions within the Integration Process

Date: December 1, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–New Brunswick
Discipline: Political Science

James Caporaso, professor of political science at the University of Washington and a specialist in international political economy and international relations theory, presents “Europe in Four Parts: Tensions within the Integration Process.” The lecture—in which Caporaso analyzes four different aspects of European integration: economic, social, fiscal, and democratic Europe—is sponsored by the Rutgers Center for European Studies Lecture Series, with support from the European Union Jean Monnet Chair.

James Howard Kunstler: The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century

James Howard KunstlerDate: December 5, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–Newark
Discipline: Political Science, Environment

Author, social critic, and blogger James Howard Kunstler will speak to the theme of his book The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century. His appearance is part of the Oil, Technology, and Environment Speakers Series hosted by the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights.

Peter W. Cookson Jr.: A Sacred Trust: A Children's Bill of Rights Canceled: To Be Rescheduled

Peter W. Cookson Jr.Date: December 7, 2011; Canceled: To Be Rescheduled
Campus: Rutgers–Newark
Discipline: Education
(Photo credit: Tony Brown)

Peter W. Cookson Jr. is the former dean of education at Lewis & Clark College and the founder of Ideas without Borders, a Washington, D.C.-based educational consulting firm. His research focuses on educational policy, reform, school choice, and the integration of technology into learning environments. Cookson's talk is sponsored by the Urban Systems Program and the Institute on Education Law and Policy. Contact Alan Sadovnik for information.

Martín Espada and Eliza Griswold: Literature and the Social Conscience

Martín EspadaEliza GriswoldDate: December 7, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–Camden
Discipline: English
(Photo credits: Rachel Eliza Griffiths; Antonin Kratochvil)

Martín Espada (left) (The Republic of Poetry) and Eliza Griswold (right) (The Tenth Parallel) read from and discuss their works within the framework of social conscience. Part of the Visiting Writers Series hosted by the Rutgers–Camden MFA in Creative Writing program.

Robert Gordon: Going Abroad: How to Travel like an Anthropologist

Robert GordonDate: December 7, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–New Brunswick
Discipline: Anthropology

Robert Gordon, professor of anthropology at the University of Vermont, draws on his best-selling book, Going Abroad: Traveling Like an Anthropologist, to argue that travel does not broaden the mind—unless you are prepared for it. His lecture is offered through the School of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology Fall Lecture Series and Rutgers' multiyear Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders event.

Alison Galvani: Optimizing Vaccine Allocation

Alison GalvaniDate: December 8, 2011
Campus: Rutgers–New Brunswick
Discipline: Public Health

Alison Galvani, associate professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale University School of Medicine, presents "Optimizing Vaccine Allocation." Her lecture, which draws on her expertise in integrating epidemiology and evolutionary ecology or economics to generate predictions that contribute to knowledge about public health, is delivered through the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research Brown Bag Seminar Series.