Celebrating 30 Years of Serving Communities and Shaping the World

August 11, 2022

Read the history of the Bloustein School

The Bloustein School will begin celebrating its 30th anniversary in September, and we have a lot of great events planned! We hope everyone will be able to join us at these events and celebrate not just the school’s history, but also our strong future.



Past Events

Thursday-Friday, September 22-23, 2022
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building

Ralph W. Voorhees Center Case Study Conference – Negotiating Social Futures: The Politics of Land Development and Value Capture During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Through a set of case studies from Chile, Brazil, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, conference participants explore and engage in questions related to land development, value capture, value conflicts, participatory democracy, and the city’s social futures. A keynote address will be given by Professor Sai Balakrishnan of the University of California, Berkeley. Students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners are invited to join the discussion.

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building

The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture with Brandon McKoy, MCRP ’13
“What Do You Value: Changemaking in an Ever Changing World”

In a rapidly evolving world where discord and conflict dominate the public square, policymaking in the public interest is as hard as it has ever been. With 15 years of experience in social policy research, advocacy, and implementation, Brandon McKoy MCRP ‘13 will delve into how he determined what drives his values and priorities, hoping to model how people can develop a career full of purpose and impact. He will also discuss his experiences supporting robust democracy and effective public programs, and how they shaped his career of public-interest work. By pushing against conventional wisdom, maintaining a long-term view, and developing a solid professional and personal network to aid his efforts and reach his goals, he hopes to help students and young alumni better understand how they can prepare for public-oriented careers during times of incredible national strife and difficulty.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Cooper’s Riverview, 50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ

Trenton/Mercer Alumni Happy Hour

Meet up with Bloustein friends and colleagues at Cooper’s Riverview at 50 Riverview Plaza Trenton, NJ 08611.Enjoy some pizza, salad and a free drink while you network with Bloustein Alumni from the area!  

Thursday, October 20, 2022
at the Zimmerli Art Museum

Bloustein School Alumni Awards Celebration
Since 1994, the Bloustein School Alumni Association has aimed to present awards to accomplished alumni each year. Our goal is to pay tribute to alumni and friends to recognize their outstanding achievement and/or service to the Bloustein School, their communities, and/or their professions. Alumni are recognized by the Bloustein School Alumni Association in the following two categories: Career Achievement and Rising Star. For more information please visit: https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/alumni/hall-of-fame-and-alumni-of-the-year/

Friday, October 21, 2022
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building

The Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
Public Service and Bloustein: Past, Present, and Future

Established and approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors in 1992, the Bloustein School has served as a key center for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. The school has committed to a rebirth of the public service ethic, especially as new research interests in health administration, public informatics, and public health have joined the school’s foundational disciplines.  Interim Dean Stuart
Shapiro will moderate a panel celebrating the school’s history, the legacy of namesake Edward J. Bloustein, and the school’s future direction in creating just, socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and healthy local, national and global communities. 

  • James W. Hughes, University Professor, and Dean Emeritus will provide a historical perspective, connecting the founding of the school to Ed Bloustein’s legacy, including personal stories from his 22 years as Dean.
  • Kathe Newman, Professor, and Director, Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement, will discuss the accomplishments of the Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement and the urban planning program in furthering public involvement.
  • Will Jones, Executive Director, Rutgers Career Exploration and Success will talk about President Jonathan Holloway’s commitment to the Rutgers Summer Service Initiative (RSSI) and bring a Rutgers-wide perspective to public service.
  • Lucas Torres, EJB ‘22 (Public Health) among the first 100 students selected for the RSSI, will conclude with his experience over the summer in the RSSI cohort at the United Way.


Friday, October 21, 2022
Meet at the Civic Square Building

A Historic Preservation and Redevelopment Walking tour of New Brunswick
with David and Barbara Listokin

New Brunswick, NJ has many architectural gems that often go unappreciated. The city has also experienced significant redevelopment and in tandem, historic preservation versus development challenges. This tour will consider these diverse forces that typify many American cities.

Tour Plan and Logistics:
The tour will begin at the entrance to the Bloustein School, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. Participants should meet at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, October 21.

From the Civic Square Building, tour participants will walk down Livingston Avenue, return to George Street, tour downtown, and end by Old Queens on the Rutgers Campus by 3 p.m. Participants are welcome to walk across the street to the Starbucks Cafe at the RutgersBookstore for post-tour refreshments (buy-your-own) and conversation.  

The tour guides are Drs. David and Barbara Listokin, who teach urban redevelopment and historic preservation courses at the Bloustein School. This is a free, custom tour offered to members of the Bloustein School community. Spouses, significant others, children, and friends of Bloustein students, faculty, staff, and alumni are all invited.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
All Alumni Tailgate, 9:00 a.m.

Rutgers Football vs. Indiana Game Time 12:00 noon
at SHI Stadium

Join the Bloustein School Tent at the ALL ALUMNI TAILGATE at Rutgers Homecoming
Athletes Glen, Hospitality Tent

Join fellow Bloustein alumni and meet up with former faculty, staff, and other friends at the RUAA Tailgate in Athletes Glen! The Bloustein School will have its own tent–everyone is free to attend! Cheer on the Scarlet Knights during the Scarlet Walk, hear the drum line, and win raffle prizes!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
5:00 p.m.

Second Annual Diversity and Inclusion Speaker’s Forum
Black Faces in High Places: 10 Strategic Actions for Black Professionals to Reach the Top and Stay There

Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson, BA Urban Studies ’95, BS Eng ’95,
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark and Prudential Chair in Business and Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School

Dr. Jeffrey A. Robinson is an award-winning professor at Rutgers Business School, an international speaker, entrepreneur, and a Bloustein alum. Through his research, business leadership, and community activities, he makes direct impacts on corporate workplaces, entrepreneurs, and economic development policy in the state of New Jersey and beyond.

As of the end of 2022, only six Black CEOs sat at the helm of Fortune 500 companies. In his book, “Black Faces in High Places: 10 Strategic Actions for Black Professionals to Reach the Top and Stay There,” (HarperCollins Leadership, 2022) Dr. Robinson and co-author Dr. Randall Pinkett explain why corporate America and other industries must care about the lack of color at the top of their organizations.

In this talk Dr. Robinson discussed why Black leadership matters in all industries and organizations. Using examples from his own career and from the book, he will discuss some of the hurdles faced as well as strategic actions taken by other Black faces in high places. In his discussion, he hopes to provide a roadmap for Black professionals who are moving up through their organizations or industries to help the larger agenda for equity, justice and transformation succeed.


Monday, February 13, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
5:00 p.m.

The Gov. James J. Florio Memorial Lecture: Combating the Climate Crisis and Investing in a Better Future
presented by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)
U.S. House of Representatives (D-NJ 6th District); Ranking Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee

As the top Democrat on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Pallone is a leader in the fight against climate change and our transition to a clean economy. He helped author key legislative provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, which is the most significant climate law in our country’s history. He also led the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that has delivered federal funding to New Jersey to bolster the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure and invest in safe drinking water. It also tackles dangerous PFAS chemicals and funds Superfund and Brownfield cleanups. In this lecture, Rep. Pallone will discuss the development and passage of these new laws, the road ahead for implementation, and the benefits that the legislation will bring to New Jersey, our country, and the future of our planet.

Friday, March 3, 2023 
at the Governor James J. Special Events Forum
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Women’s Leadership Coalition: Building Coalitions

In the 11th Annual Spring Conference on Building Coalitions, participants will learn how to use our leadership skills and resources to bring together people from other marginalized communities or identities to work towards a common goal. We will host a professional development workshop and a speaker panel with grassroots activists working on the ground to advance their missions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is open to the entire Rutgers community, and we welcome participants of all gender identities and backgrounds. Registration is free for all.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
5:00 p.m.

Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Health Care and Public Health

The book Junctures in Women’s Leadership: Health Care and Public Health highlights the leadership of twelve transformational women leaders in the field of health care and public health who have improved population health on the local, national or global level. While doing so, many of these women challenged the social and cultural norms or constraints in our society from the perspectives of gender, race and motherhood. Their leadership stories demonstrate a broad definition of population health and their work influenced social change in diverse settings and disciplines including: environmental justice, research, advocacy, policy, clinical care, mentorship, healthcare delivery systems and governance. This event will engage several of the book’s contributing authors in a discussion about the lessons learned by these women leaders and how they might inform our future work to improve health.

Speakers include Mary O’Dowd, Executive Director, Health Systems and Population Health Integration, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University; Alexander M. Bartke, BS (Public Health) ‘18, Administrative Coordinator, Safeguard Biosystems; Ann Marie Hill, Teaching Professor and Internship Coordinator Emeritus, Bloustein School and former Executive Director, New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research; and Elizabeth A. Ryan, Instructor, Bloustein School and former CEO, New Jersey Hospital Association. Moderated by Ellen Kurtzman, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN Professor and Executive Director of Health Administration, Bloustein School.

Friday, March 10, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

15th Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Urban Studies, Urban Planning, and Public Policy

The conference is organized by doctoral students for doctoral students engaged in urban planning and policy-related research across disciplines and universities in the tri-state NJ-NY-PA metropolitan region. Named after Professor Donald A. Krueckeberg, the conference commemorates Don Krueckeberg’s long-running commitment to doctoral education by providing a one-day forum highlighting doctoral student research at the cutting edge of urban studies, planning, and public policy.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
5:00 p.m.
The Stuart Meck Memorial Lecture: Land and Power: A history of commodification
Presented by Adriana Abizadeh ’12, Bloustein School Senior Policy Fellow and Executive Director, Kensington Corridor Trust

From stolen land to rematriation, all land ownership and control is rooted in its value as a commodity. A commodity that is not equally accessible and that has a value assigned to it based on markets that serve the few, not the many. What does it take to decommodify land? Is it possible? Can land and power be redistributed for collective benefit? This talk will take us on a journey through history to examine land ownership in the United States and the reverberating impacts experienced in the 21st century.

Adriana Abizadeh ’12 is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Bloustein School and is the executive director of the Kensington Corridor Trust (KCT) in Philadelphia, whose mission is to utilize collective ownership to direct investments on the corridor that preserve culture and affordability while building neighborhood power and wealth in Kensington. She is also the President of Catalyst Consulting Group (CCG), a boutique consulting firm that is moving projects forward for nonprofits and other stakeholders. The firm specializes in strategic planning, leadership development, and board governance. Adriana’s expertise is in supporting grassroots organizations with growth strategies and the development of welcoming and inclusive work cultures. She has a BA in political science from Rutgers with a minor in Security Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. She also has an MS in Public Policy from Drexel.

Sunday, March 26, 2023
at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center
10:00 a.m.
Bloustein School Scholarship Brunch

Sunday, April 2, 2023
at the Adventure Aquarium, Camden NJ
6:00 p.m.

Bloustein School / APA-NJ event at APA National Convention (Philadelphia)

Friday, April 14, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum
10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bloustein School Research Day
Faculty and staff presentations of current and ongoing school-related research.


Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Second Annual Master of Health Administration Symposium– Life Sciences and Healthcare Institutions: Partners for Life
The interplay between health systems and the life sciences is a critical driver in the discovery and development of new therapies and cures. This symposium is designed to provide insight into the respective roles of health systems and the life sciences that foster the development of lifesaving and life-enhancing research and solutions. The half-day event will include several panel discussions and include representatives from select health systems, pharmaceutical and life science companies, and patient advocates. The audience will consist of students, faculty, healthcare executives, industry representatives and the media.

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Voorhees Mall, College Avenue Campus
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Rutgers Day!

Friday, May 5, 2023
at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building
The Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture

Presented by Kris Kolluri ‘91, Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Development Commission.

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