Hughes to present "Revitalized and Revolutionary: New Brunswick and Rutgers University" on September 7

September 6, 2016

James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean of the Bloustein School, will present, “Revitalized and Revolutionary: New Brunswick and Rutgers University,” the 2016 Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, on Wednesday, September 7.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the event will be held at the Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum at 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ and is free and open to the public.

Rutgers has been revolutionary for 250 years. New Brunswick, chartered in 1730, has been revolutionary for 286 years, experiencing successive economic transformations that have led to today’s twenty-first century postindustrial city.

This presentation, comprising approximately 400 historic pictures, traces New Brunswick’s origins as an agricultural-based river port and colonial transportation center to its rise as an industrial-commercial powerhouse, its decline as a manufacturing center, and its current revitalization and rebirth as a knowledge-based, information-age economy. It also puts into perspective the historical transformations of the ever-changing Rutgers-New Brunswick and New Brunswick Theological Seminary campuses, which are amply illustrated in the presentation. The unique role of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick for over a century, and its importance in the current revitalization, is extensively detailed.

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