Past Events

Archive of recorded events held at the Bloustein School. Not all events are recorded. If you attended an event at the Bloustein School that was hosted by another organization, please check with that organization for information about whether the event was recorded.

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Implications of the New Jersey Aid in Dying Act for Healthcare Providers and Administrators –  click to play

New Jersey joins seven other states in promulgating an Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill statute, sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R16) and Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D3), signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy and enacted on August 1, 2019. The law allows terminally ill New Jersey adults who are within 6 months of dying to end their lives peacefully, with dignity, and at their own discretion. In light of its societal significance for New Jersey, the Bloustein School convened a distinguished panel of our state’s healthcare leaders to participate in an open dialogue about the implications this law may have for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, healthcare administrators, related healthcare professionals and society at large.


11/7 Hospitals in an Era of Tumult – click to play
Hospitals face a chaotic political environment in the wake of failed attempts to repeal the ACA and cut entitlements. Meanwhile others are calling for “Medicare for All.” But this uncertainty also stems from disruptive changes as new private sector actors enter the business of healthcare. Dr. Bruce Siegel, President and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, will try to make sense of these trends and assess the opportunities and risks faced by the hospital industry.

11/6 An Overview of The Fourth Regional Plan – click to play
Work on The Fourth Regional Plan began by talking with and listening to people from across the region. What the Regional Plan Association heard was that people loved where they live, but they had serious concerns. Housing was too expensive. Commutes were long and unreliable. The destruction brought by Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy underscored the region’s vulnerability to climate change and raised questions about how prepared we were for the storms to come. Tom Wright, President and CEO of the Regional Plan Association, led the production of The Fourth Regional Plan, released in November 2017, proposes 61 recommendations to improve prosperity and quality of life in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region.

10/10 Building Communities for All Ages in New Jersey: Advancing Local Economies, Quality of Life, and Social Cohesion – click to play
Presented by the Bloustein School, Rutgers School of Social Work, and AARP
New Jersey is a state with many diverse residents of all ages. Baby Boomers, GenXers and Millennials all want to live in towns and cities that are clean, safe and secure, prosperous, affordable and with access to healthy food, transportation options and open spaces. Experts from AARP, the Bloustein School and the Rutgers School of Social Work discussed the benefits of building communities for all ages in New Jersey and provided an overview of efforts already underway in New Jersey to build communities that are livable for people of all ages.

4/18 The Path to 2050: New Jersey’s Clean Energy Economy – click to play
Presented by the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
New Jersey is in the process of transforming its energy sector to develop a clean energy economy. This public forum explores the intersection of clean energy and the economy with a keynote presentation by Laurence M. Downes, Chairman of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and Chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources, along with a panel of experts in workforce development and energy planning.

3/27 – “Place, Race, and Power: Advancing Health Equity in New Jersey and Nationally” – click to play
2018 Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture
Residential segregation is a powerful root cause of racial and ethnic health inequities because it concentrates health risks in communities of color while limiting access to health-enhancing resources. This talk by Brian D. Smedley, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity, reviewsr research on the importance of place for health, and discusses policy strategies that can improve equity. In particular, the talk offers a preview of the Health Opportunity and Equity Measures, which offer state-level rankings of health and the major drivers of health equity. It also focuses on how patterns of residential segregation reinforce health inequities, and both place- and people-based strategies to counter the effects of segregation.

2/20 – “Leading Their Communities: Exploring Women’s Impact in Entrepreneurial Roles” – click to play
2018 Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
This engaging panel features accomplished, female entrepreneurs, all alumni of the Bloustein School,  who lead diverse businesses in the state of New Jersey. Each discuss their individual experiences, successes, and the challenges faced while developing their businesses, and explain how they were able to find success in the areas of urban planning and related fields. As women leaders, each of these urban planners also demonstrated how their businesses have both influenced and transformed the communities in which they serve.  Moderated by Bloustein School Associate Professor Julia Sass Rubin  (MBA, MA, PhD, Harvard University). Panelists: 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-founderOQ Coffee Co.

2/13 – “Walking While Black” – click to play
A discussion on the ProPublica/Florida Times-Union “Walking While Black” investigative series. Reporters Topher Sanders and Ben Conarck discussed the series and answered questions about the innovative project which focused on Jacksonville, Fla. Some of the findings included: jaywalking tickets were disproportionally given to black pedestrians; tickets were often used as a means to question and search pedestrians and; the city’s pedestrian infrastructure was poorest in the areas police ticketed.

01/30 – “Adapting to Change: Environmental Science and Policy in the Time of Trump” – click to play
2018 Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
presented by Thomas A. Burke, PhD, MPH, Jacob I. and Irene B. Fabrikant Professor and Chair in Health Risk and Society and Director, Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Former EPA Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017


11/08 – “History and Evolution of Metuchen, 1967-2017”  –  click to play
2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning