Bloustein School Named Lectures

The Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture

The Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture was established to honor the memory of these two extraordinary individuals. For nearly nineteen years, the Blousteins dedicated their enormous energies to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The fund was established in 1988 after Ruth Ellen died following a long and heroic battle with illness. Sadly, there was cause to broaden the purpose of the fund a year later when Edward Bloustein, Rutgers’ beloved president, died suddenly in December of 1989.

The endowment supports an annual lecture series, that may include one to three lectures per academic year, that is intended to celebrate the values and interests Ruth Ellen and Ed cherished and cultivated throughout their lives.

The Ruth Ellen Steinman Bloustein and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture series focuses on three main themes. One area of exploration is the study and preservation of animal species and the natural environment. A second theme celebrates love, happiness, and laughter as tools of clinical medicine. The third topic seeks to explore and promote humane values, which Ed Bloustein believed were woven in the fabric of Judaic tradition and passed down from generation to generation.

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Spring 1998 (inaugural) Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the African-American studies department, Harvard University

Spring 1999 W. Michael Blumenthal, president and CEO, Berlin Jewish Museum

spring 2000 Konstanty Gebert, Polish journalist and activist

Fall 2000—Ernestine Schlant Bradley, professor of German and Comparative Literature, Montclair State University; author

Spring 2001—Richard J. Jackson, M.D., director, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2002—David B. Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

spring 2003—Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History, Stanford University

winter 2003—Peter Eisenman, architect; Jeffrey Kipnis, curator of architecture and design, Wexner Center for the Arts and professor, The Ohio State University; Herbert Muschamp, New York Times architecture critic

2004—James E. Young, author, and juror for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition

2005—Moshe Halbertal, Distinguished Israeli scholar

2006—James Howard Kunstler, urban planning advocate, journalist, novelist

2008—  Dr. Arie Nesher, Architect and Professional Director of the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University

Spring 2010—Rachelle Alterman, David Azrieli Chair in Architecture/Town Planning, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

Fall 2010—Carol Graham, College Park Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, The Brookings Institution

2011—Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and writer for The New Yorker

2011—Sigalit Landau, Israeli sculptor, video, and installation artist

2012—Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University

2014—Mark Gregory Robson, Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs and Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology,School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2014—Richard I. Cohen, Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies and the head of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015—Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics, University Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

2016—James W. Hughes, Distinguished Professor and Dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning an Public Policy

2016—Carlos Galllinar, Executive Director for Planning and Innovative School Construction at the El Paso Independent School District in El Paso, Texas

2017—Shahar Sadeh, visiting scholar at New York University and an adjunct professor at Columbia University

2018—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, Department of Health Policy and Management

2018—(panel on women’s leadership and entrepreneurship)—Christiana R. Foglio, MCRP ’86 (GSNB), DC ‘84, President, Community Investment Strategies, Inc.; Courtenay D. Mercer, MCRP ’02, Principal, Mercer Planning Associates; Jessica Schellack, MCRP ’11, Co-founder, OQ Coffee Co.

                                                                                      

 

The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture

The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. Catlin began his career as a staff planner for governmental agencies and community organizations in several cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also served as dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. He was inducted as an AICP Fellow in 2001. At the Bloustein School, he specialized in urban revitalization and the impact of race in public policy decision-making.

Themes: urban revitalilzation, planning, race issues in public policy decision making.

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2005 Hon. Joseph Vas, Mayor, City of Perth Amboy, NJ

2006 Robert Cotter, City Planner, City of Jersey City, NJ

2007 Isabel Hill, Producer/Director

2009 Herbert J. Gans, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

2010 Robert Curvin, Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

2011 Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

2012 Susan Fainstein, Professor of Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and Professor Emerita, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

2013 Meredeth Turshen, Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

2014 Dr. Anthony Townsend RC ’96 (Urban Studies), research director for the Technology Horizons Program at the Institute for the Future and senior research fellow at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

2015 Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

2016 Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute

2017 (panel) Nicky Sheats, Esq., Director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University;  Dr. Ana Baptista Ph.D. ’08 (EJB), Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management and Associate Director at the Tishman Environment & Design Center, The New School; Cynthia Mellon, Co-chair of the City of Newark Environmental Commission and Coordinator of the Newark Environmental Resource Inventory

2018  Brian D. Smedley, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity

 

Gov. James J. Florio Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Public Policy Lecture

In partnership with the offices of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt, & Fader LLC, in 2015 the Bloustein School recognized Gov. Florio’s public service career through the endowment of a high-level visiting scholar. The annual Governor James J. Florio Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Public Policy will be a former senior government official or policy practitioner, focusing on an issue that was central to his legislative and gubernatorial career. The scholar will meet and interact with Bloustein School graduate and undergraduate students and faculty and will also present a featured public lecture at the school.

Themes: public service, environment, clean water, mass transit, education funding, welfare reform, health care cost reduction, assault weapons ban

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2016 Sen. Bill Bradley, U.S. Senate 1979-97; Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC

2017 Governor Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of the Commonweath of Pennsylvania (2003-11), Former Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000)

The Stuart Meck Memorial Lecture in Land Use Law and Affordable Housing

The Stuart Meck Distinguished Speaker Series on Land Use Law and Affordable Housing was endowed by the late Stuart Meck, an Associate Research Professor and director of the Center for Planning Practice at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and established by his family in 2018.

Stuart Meck was a renowned specialist in land use controls and reform with 45 years of experience in planning, research and municipal administration. He is considered a pioneer of smart growth with its emphasis on compact development, natural resource protection and affordable housing. Two major works remain in publication, “Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and Management of Change” and, “Ohio Planning and Zoning Law”, co-authored with Kenneth Pearlman. From 1989 to 1991, Stuart served as the president of the American Planning Association. Stuart consulted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and various local, state and international jurisdictions. Stuart’s writing demonstrated the ability to take complicated legal concepts and translate them into language that non-lawyers could understand. He was an outstanding teacher owing to this same ability and willingness to sit with students to explain the intricacies of planning issues to them.

The Stuart Meck Memorial lecture selects speakers who rank among contemporary practitioners of planning and policy development from within or outside of New Jersey. This series further strives represent the diversity of opinions and positions currently under public and academic debate.

 

Inaugural lecture forthcoming in January 2019                                                                                      

 

The Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

The Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning was established in 1987 by his family, professional colleagues, and friends, and is presented each year as a lasting tribute to Isadore Candeub in recognition of his many achievements in, and contributions to, the field of planning. The series was organized by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. In 2018, the lecture series became the Isadore Candeub Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Planning, which provides an annual award of $2,500 to a full-time graduate student based on academic merit and financial need and with preference for a student(s) in the design and development/redevelopment concentration.

Isadore Candeub, MIT ’48, was a leader in the field of urban planning and redevelopment from 1953, when he founded the firm later known as Candeub, Fleissig & Associates, to 1986, the year of his passing. As president of CF&A, he directed the preparation of planning studies for towns and cities across the nation and internationally. Headquartered originally in Newark, NJ, the company expanded and at one time was the largest organization in redevelopment planning in this country. It was noted for its high standards and excellence in professional staff, many of whom were graduates of the Rutgers planning program.

The annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture was established in the memory of Isadore Candeub in tribute to his long and successful career as a planning consultant and to his extraordinary dedication to planning in towns, cities and regions across America. Before his passing in 1986 he was chairman of the executive committee of Candeub, Fleissig & Associates, consultants in community development and environmental planning. Mr. Candeub, with Morris B. Fleissig, a lawyer, founded the firm in Newark in 1953. Earlier he had spent 20 months in the Federal Government as chief planner for the Northeastern region of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, precursor of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was a 1943 graduate of the City College of New York; did graduate work at Columbia University and received a master’s degree in 1948 from the School of Architecture and City Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Henry Cisneros, former Secretary,U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

1995 Martha Farnsworth Riche, former Director,U.S. Census Bureau

Former Senator Bill Bradley

1996 Leon Eplan, planning director, Atlanta Olympics

Norman Krumholz, Professor of Urban Planning, Cleveland State University; former President, American Planning Association

George Sternlieb, former University Professor at Rutgers University; founder of CUPR

Edward Blakely, Dean, School of Urban Planning, University of Southern California

Louis Gambaccini, former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner

James Gilbert, former Chair, New Jersey State Planning Commission

Leon Aplan, former Commissioner, Planning and Development, City of Atlanta

James Florio, former Governor, State of New Jersey

Jane Kenny, former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

1999 Peter Eisenman, internationally renowned architect and author

2000 Robert Burchell, Professor, Urban Planning, Bloustein School; Co-director of CUPR

Fall 2001 John Norquist, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fall 2003 David Rusk, former Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Randall Arendt, President, Greener Prospects

2004 Robert Lang, founding Director, Metropolitan Institute, Virginia Tech University

Jerold Kayden, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

2006-07 Tony Nelessen, architect and Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Max Page, author and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts

Daniel Lerch, program manager, The Post-Carbon Institute

2009 June Williamson, urban designer and registered architect; Associate Professor of Architecture, City College of New York

Fall 2010 Harris Steinberg, Executive Director, PennPraxis; Adjunct Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Fall 2011 Dwight Merriam, Partner, Robinson & Cole, Attorneys at Law

Spring 2013 Ralph Buehler, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning; Faculty Fellow, Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech

Fall 2013 Kevin D. Walsh, Esq., Associate Director, Fair Share Housing Center, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Fall 2013 Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Fall 2014 Frank Fish, FAICP, principal with BFJ Planning

Fall 2015  Tony Calcado, Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Fall 2017 (panel discussion on the history and evolution of Metuchen, NJ) Anton Nelessen, professor, Bloustein School and former Town Planner, Borough of Metuchen; James Constantine, Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss and Town Planner, Borough of Metuchen;  Len Roseman, Chair, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority; James B. Graziano, Partner, Graziano, Piasecki, Whitelaw & Simko and former Attorney, Metuchen Borough Parking Authority; John Wiley, former Mayor of Metuchen; Jay Muldoon, former Metuchen Councilman and Acting Borough Administrator; Stephen A. Santola, Woodmont Properties; Joel Schwartz, Landmark Companies LLC; and Eric Berger, US Real Estate.