Alumni Events

We welcome all Bloustein alumni to join us for lectures, panel discussions, happy hours, and other special events. Events that may be of interest to alumni will appear in the calendar below.

February 27, 2020
  • Affordability: The New Innovation Imperative
    Starts: 5:00 PM | Ends: February 27, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, CSB,

    Why would a successful health care system change its winning strategies to move toward value-based care? Brian Gragnolati, CEO of Atlantic Health System will offer a real-life view of one organization’s transformational journey in the name of greater access and affordability for every patient and consumer. The discussion will focus on the adaptive change required to mobilize key stakeholders in governance and leadership, build collaborative relationships with former competitors and those who pay for care (employers, private insurers and government), all while experimenting with new payment and physician integration models and innovative care coordination initiatives. Looking at health care through the lens of affordability, this session will encourage individuals and organizations to work together to design a more inclusive, equitable health care system that puts patients first.

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March 4, 2020
  • Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture: Prison Abolition, and a Mule
    Starts: 5:00 PM | Ends: March 4, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum, CSB,

    Presented by Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown Law

    Incarceration is a relatively recent development in the history of punishment, with the first modern prison constructed in Philadelphia in the early 1800s. The American penitentiary was intended as a reform, making the institution of punishment more humane and rehabilitative. Because the United States now locks up more people than almost any country in the history of the world, this nation is perhaps the best
    laboratory to assess the success of the experiment. By virtually any measure, prisons have not worked. They are sites of cruelty, dehumanization, and violence, as well as subordination by race, class, and gender. Prisons traumatize virtually all who come into contact with them. Abolition of prison could be the ultimate reform. The lecture will suggest what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just.

    Free and open to the public. A short reception will follow the lecture.
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March 5, 2020
  • Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: The Crises of American Democracy
    Starts: 5:00 PM | Ends: March 5, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, CSB,

    Julian Zelizer, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    During the Trump presidency, the challenges facing our democratic institutions become clear. Voting restrictions, disinformation, and rampant partisanship pose immense threats to the long-term health of our politics. In his talk, Professor Zelizer will provide historical context to these issues and offer a path forward after 2020.

    Co-sponsored with Phi Beta Kappa and the Rutgers University Department of Political Science

March 24, 2020
  • Dr. Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture: Rebuilding our Ports: Reflections on Environmental Justice and Healthy Redevelopment
    Starts: 5:00 PM | Ends: March 24, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, CSB,

    Thomas A. Burke, PhD, MPH
    Jacob I. and Irene B. Fabrikant Professor and Chair in Health Risk and Society

    at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Throughout U.S history, our ports have been the economic engines of business and industry. They have shaped the demographics and development of our communities and had profound impacts on public health and the quality of our environment. Historically, ports have also influenced public policies including commercial development, energy, transportation and housing. In today’s global economy our ports are once again thriving, yet the environmental impacts and legacy of past pollution remain. As our ports evolve and flourish, gentrification and displacement underscore the environmental justice challenges of healthy redevelopment. This talk will examine our ports, past and present, through an environmental health lens, and present perspectives on an inclusive systems approach to rebuilding.

April 1, 2020
  • Building Safe Sacred Spaces: Personal and Architectural Perspectives
    Starts: 5:00 PM | Ends: April 1, 2020 - 6:30 PM

    Location: Rutgers Hillel, 70 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ,

    The Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture

    Synagogues, churches, and other places of spiritual worship have traditionally been welcoming, open spaces. At their best, these communal institutions offered shelter, food, and emotional support to both members and those passing through. The recent violent attacks in synagogues and churches, while statistically rare, have nevertheless challenged us to grapple with the conflicting values of openness and security. How can we create a welcoming space that is safe? How do we insure that we do not fall into the trap of fearing the other? Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of Tree of Life synagogue will reflect on his mission to make his community and the world “stronger than hate” by stopping the spread of “h-speech” in order to restore civil discourse in society. Esther Sperber (AIA) will present a number of synagogue projects built by her firm Studio ST Architects over the last decade and discuss the ways in which they have incorporated excellent design with spiritual, sustainable, and secure components.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, a New Jersey native and Rutgers alumnus, graduated from the Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Adad Wolkowisk. He was appointed rabbi of Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue in 2017.

    Esther Sperber, the Jerusalem-born founder of Studio ST Architects in New York, studied architecture at the Technion in Haifa and Columbia University. Her projects include residential apartments, community centers, and synagogues, in which she strives to combine excellent design with spiritual and sustainable components. A member of AIA, she writes and lectures about architecture, psychoanalysis, and culture.

    Co-sponsored with the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

    Free and open to the public. RSVP is REQUIRED and ticket must be presented at the door. A limited number of general admission tickets will be made available on a rolling basis.

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April 25, 2020
  • Rutgers Day
    Starts: 10:00 AM | Ends: April 25, 2020 - 4:00 PM