The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series

Honors Colloquium Series

Professor Martina Decker speaking at TEDxNJIT

Staying informed about all aspects of the world around you beyond your professional interests is an essential component of leadership.

The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series focuses on the interface between Science, Technology and Society. Colloquia normally meet during university common hours 8-12 times each semester. They feature talks by - and conversations with - industry, academic, and government leaders on a wide range of topics. Field trips to corporate, scientific, cultural, and community organizations are also included. In addition, some important campus political and cultural events are co-sponsored by the Honors College and regarded as part of the Colloquium Series.

Honors students must attend at least 2 colloquia each semester and are strongly encouraged to attend more than the required amount. Please click on the colloquia titles below for more details.  

You are welcome to review past colloquia topics and speakers here.

Spring 2018 Colloquia

The following events have been scheduled for the Spring 2018 semester. More events are being scheduled; please check back regularly to see the full list.

Wednesday, January 24
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Ballroom A

TSF-Resolving Complex Fluid Flows

Dr. Joe Katz has spent nearly 28 years at Hopkins studying fluid mechanics, testing flows within turbines, propellers, and parts of jet engines for government agencies and industry, becoming one of the world’s top authorities on pumps in the process.

Wednesday, February 7
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Ballroom A


Archaeological Work at the Roman "Villa of Horace" at Vacone, Italy 

By Dr. Gary Farney

The Rutgers Archaeological Field School in Italy has completed six years of work at the "Villa of Horace" in Vacone, Italy. Their work has uncovered a Roman villa dating from ca. 100 BC to AD 200. The excavation has revealed a large agricultural processing area involved primarily in the pressing of olives for oil and grapes for wine. The living spaces of the villa were luxurious, with archaeological work uncovering floor mosaics and painted wall plaster. After the villa was destroyed, it become a Lombard-era cemetery with ca. 10 burials uncovered so far (AD 700s and 800s). As well as the above, scientific techniques used in the project will be presented and discussed: geophysical survey (magnetometry, georadar); bioarchaeology (botanical and microfaunal studies); osteology; and a variety of digital recording techniques (GIS, photogrammetry, 3D modeling). NJIT students are invited to apply for the Field School: see for more information.

Thursday, March 1
7:00 P.M.
Jim Wise Theatre

In The Heights

In the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a young storeowner watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community as they pass through his bodega.​

Friday, March 2
11:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

Special Topics by Prof. Arthur Caplan, founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine in New York City

Topics include:

  • The ethics of novel forms of transplantation—face, limbs and the uterus
  • Physician assisted death — where have we been and where are we going?
  • Shouldn’t we treat Aging as a Disease?

Co-sponsored by the College of Science and Liberal Arts

Wednesday, March 7
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Ballroom A

Special Topic by NJIT Alum Ken Colao, ‘77

Friday, March 23
11:30 AM- 1 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A


The Environment: Doing More with Less

Co-sponsored by the Murray Center

Wednesday, April 4
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Atrium

Special Topic by Dr. Dan Asen


Wednesday, April 18
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Campus Center Atrium

Passing the Torch of Knowledge

Honors alumni and student networking event is followed by an alumni reception.  

Thursday, April 19
7 P.M.
 Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers, Newark campus, 3rd floor


Lysistrata by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by guest artist, Maria Aladren.  Lysistrata, in the age of the MeToo movement, tells the story of how women use the little power they have to fight a political standoff.  This coalition of women in Greece take away male “toys”, stage a government shut down and save the men of Athens from sinking the first, bumbling democracy.

$15 General Admission

Purchase tickets online:

Tuessday, May 1
7:30 P.M.
Location: TBA

Screening of Ai Weiwei's Human Flow

Ai Weiwei's Human Flow about the refugee crisis in April. 

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Girl Up

Wednesday, May 2
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
Campus Center Atrium

String and Wind Ensemble

Student Musicians through Instrumental Ensemble Performance Class