The Albert Dorman Colloquium Series

Honors Colloquia Series

Professor Martina Decker speaking at TEDxNJITStaying 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 number of colloquia.  You are welcome to review past colloquia topics and speakers here.  Organizations interested in co-sponsoring a colloquia must complete and submit a Co-Sponsorship Application Form.pdf.


Fall 2016 Colloquia

The following events have been scheduled for the Fall 2016 semester. More events are being schedule; please check back often to see the full list of colloquia for the fall of 2016.

Friday, September 23, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Jim Wise Theatre

Pianist Sophia AgranovichPiano Recital
Sophia Agranovich

Sophia Agranovic performs a piano recital, joined by student Mohamed Boubendir.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Jim Wise Theatre

Flyer for Fall 2016 TEDxNJIT event on Innovation and Collaboration

Innovation & Collaboration

TEDxNJIT - Innovation and Collaboration will feature leaders from business, academia, and the arts exploring new modes of collaboration, celebrating art in the urban environment, social entrepreneurship, new media music, and self awareness.  Tickets are $30, $15 for students.  Register at

Speakers include:

  • Gerald Adams, known as the Millennial MentorTM and co-founder of Fownders, a non-profit community of entrepreneurs in Newark
  • Dr. Tara Alvarez, NJIT professor of biomedical engineering who works on vision-related research
  • Newark Mayor Ras Baraka who is fostering new collaborations on downtown and neighborhood redevelopment, education initiatives, and fighting crime
  • Ron Gold, founder of LeanOnWe, a startup company that focuses on delivering improved home care experience at a more affordable price
  • Medina, founder of Medina=Citi
  • Professor David Rothenberg, NJIT student Kabir Mitra, and local musician Matthew Aidekman who will explore and perform new types of music
  • Mark Scotland, CEO of 4.0 Analytics 
  • Donald Sebastian, president of the New Jersey Innovation Institute
  • Emma Wilcox, co-founder of Gallery Aferro in Newark


Wednesday, October 5, 2016
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A

Image of flooded urban streetWeathering the Storms

The Technology and Society Forum of NJIT presents "Weathering the Storms in Newark."  Street flooding caused by storms is much more than an inconvenience of urban life - it disrupts economic activity and hinders services provided by first responders.  By stressing the capacity of sewers and water-treatment plants, flooding can also increase microbial threats to health.

Contending with this infrastructure challenge in the City of Newark will be the topic of this presentation featuring Howard Neukrug, former water commissioner of Philadelphia, as keynote speaker.  Technical experts from the region, including representatives from the Newark Department of Engineering and the Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities, will join Neukrug in exploring the problems flooding presents and the range of solutions available.

As Philadelphia's water commissioner, Neukrug created the city's $2.5 Billion Green City, Clean Waters Program, a revolutionary approach to urban land and water management.  Currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, he advises cities and utilities in areas such as civil engineering, urban planning and sustainability.  He is also establishing a regional and global Water Policy Center.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom B

Film Screening of "Girl Rising"

Join the Girl Up organization on October 11th, International Day of the Girl, for a film screening of "Girl Rising."

"The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change." - Seventeen Magazine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location TBA

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
Laura Thaney, Executive Director of the NJ Law Revision Commission

The difference between free speech and hate speech is critical in the day and age of social media, instant information, and connectedness. NJIT's Amnesty International organization sponsors Laura Thaney in a discussion of this very relevant topic.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time and Location TBA

Law, Technology and Society Program Film Screening
70 Acres In Chicago: Cabrini Green

​Co-sponsored by the Albert Dorman Honors College and the Law, Technology and Society program at NJIT, this file documents the demolition of Chicago's infamous Cabrini Green public housing development.  With its prime centrla location, Cabrini was hailed as a public housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster.  Beginning in 1995, it was demolished and then repackaged as a mixed income development, where, unsurprisingly, the former, largely black residents have been marginalized or driven away.  70 Acres documents this upheaval, from the razing of the first buildings in 1995 to the clashes in the mixed-income neighborhoods a decade later.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium

Presentation and Networking Event Featuring
Richard Sweeney, Founder of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.

Richard (Dick) Sweeney discusses his life experiences and the path that propelled him to found a company that has become a household name.  The presentation will be followed by a networking reception during which students can meet Mr. Sweeney and other alumni and entrepreneurs.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:00 PM
Rutgers Bradley Theater

She Kills Monsters
Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Program

​This play by Qui Nguyen, directed by Louis Wells, is a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games.  It tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Location TBA

The Future of War

​Daniel Rothenberg and Peter Bergen discuss the reshaping of warfare through the use of drones.

Friday, November 18, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium

Personal Branding
Featuring Alison Fink, Hearst Digital Media

​Learn about creating your own personal brand from a company that specializes in digital media and marketing.  This event is co-sponsored with Career Development Services.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
7:00 PM
Jim Wise Theatre

Director's Project

This program features student-directed short plays from comedy to drama to the absurd.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium

NJIT String and Wind Ensembles

The musical talent of the NJIT community will once again be featured when the String and Wind Ensembles take the stage.  The string ensemble is conducted by Karen Pinoci, and the wind ensemble is conducted by Nicholas Santoro.  These ensembles are made up of NJIT students, staff, faculty, and guest artists.  ANYONE who plays an instrument is welcome to join.