Spring 2006 Colloquium Series

All Colloquia are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. More colloquia may be added, so please check back.


Saturday, January 28
Honors Trip: New York Historical Society
Currently featured exhibitions include:
  • Slavery in New York - The New-York Historical Society is embarking on a two-year initiative on slavery and New York. Through two major exhibitions, public programs, walking tours, educational materials and programs for school, college, and adult learners, N-YHS will explore the vital role that slave trading, the labor of enslaved people, and important commerce with slave societies in the 19th century played in making New York the wealthiest city in the world.
  • Facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society

Space is limited, so if you would like to sign up for the trip, please e-mail Ms. Hulin as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 1
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium
Passing the Torch of Knowledge
A roundtable discussion with Dorman Honors alumni.

How did their education at NJIT prepare them for their careers? What are the best steps for you to take NOW to enhance your prospects.

We have invited Honors alumni who are in professional careers in medicine, law, engineering, science, management and architecture to speak to NJIT students in a roundtable session about key skills they should have in order to be successful in their careers, and to recommend ways for them to acquire these skills prior to graduation.  We are also inviting alumni who are currently in graduate or professional schools to help share their knowledge as well.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson

Wednesday, February 8
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Campus Center Ballroom
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Institute of Technology
Energy Security and the Quiet Crisis

Cosponsored with the NJIT Speaker Forum, Educational Opportunity Program, and the Murray Center for Women in Technology.

Dr. Jackson, who holds a PhD in theoretical elementary particle physics from MIT, will share her insights into one of the most critical issues facing the United States - securing the supplies of energy vital for sustaining our country's global competitiveness.

Monday, February 13
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A
Dress for Success

Cosponsored with Career Development Services

 Monday, February 20
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A
The Urban Learning Village
How to design schools that revitalize communities while giving students a great education

Herbert Simmens, Blue Moon Fellow at the NJIT Center for Architecture and Building Science Research and former Director of the Office of State Planning in New Jersey

Using examples from all over the US, Mr. Simmens will spotlight a whole new generation of schools very different from the ones most of us attended. Examples include the shopping center as school, schools without walls, and schools that are housed in museums and factories. These schools are redefining what education is and what neighborhoods can be.

Wednesday, February 22
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Weston Hall Lecture Room 1
The Hidden Corners of International Women’s Rights
A panel discussion by representatives of Amnesty International

Cynthia Rothschild
Member of the Board of Directors for AIUSA, works as a Human Rights Consultant for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, an AI activist since 1986.

Denise Bell
Member of AI’s NYC Women’s Action Team, Specializes in War crimes against women in Darfur.

Laura Lomas
Rutgers–Newark professor, experience with women victims in Mexico and Guatemala

Co-sponsored with the NJIT Chapter of Amnesty International

John Mooney

Monday, February 27
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A
How We Invented the Catalytic Converter
John Mooney, Engelhard Corporation (retired)

MS in chemical engineering from Newark College of Engineering, 1960

Recipient of the NJIT Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, Fall 2004

Awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2002 for pioneering the automotive catalytic converter, along with his co-inventor, Carl D. Keith

Wednesday, March 1
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium


Women in Architecture, Past, Present, and Future

Featuring NJIT School of Architecture professor Dr Gabrielle Esperdy and a panel of prominent women architects.

A great opportunity to find out more about career opportunities in this creative and richly interdisciplinary field. Students will have a chance to interact with professional role models and see examples of their work.

Cosoponsored with the Murray Women's Center.

Thursday, March 2
7:00 PM
Jim Wise Theater, Kupfrian Hall


Honors Night at the Theater, Part 1

New Musical:  book & additional lyrics by Michele Raper Rittenhouse, Music and additional lyrics by Robert Felstein.  Adapted from "The Ghosts of Rowan Oak,"  William Faulkner's ghost stories for children recounted by Dean Faulkner Wells.  The play will be followed by a conversation with the Director.

Two Theater Nights are being offered this term. Honors students will receive Colloquium credit for attendance at either one, but not both. See also April 27.

Students must attend both the play and the talk to receive honors credit.


You must sign up in advance by email to Ms. Hulin by February 27.

Cynthia Breazeal

Monday, March 20
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom

Robot Pals

The Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium presented by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of the Robotic Life group at MIT's Media Lab

Internationally famous for designing robotic creatures that recognize and mimic human emotion, Dr Breazeal was recently featured on Alan Alda’s PBS TV special, Robot Pals. Dr Breazeal’s work, including the charmingly anthropomorphic robot “Leonardo,” offers an especially appealing introduction to technology for students.

Co-sponsored with the Murray Women's Center.

Kees Eijkel

Wednesday, April 19
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Campus Center Ballroom A
Innovation and Commercialization in Nanotechnology

A discussion featuring:

  • Kees Eijkel, technical-commercial director at the MESA+ research institute at the University of Twente, the Netherlands; keynote speaker
  •  Dr. Fred Allen – Senior Vice President, Materials, Advance Nanotech, Inc.
  •  Dr. Faruq Marikar – Partner, Nanotech Plus, LLC
  •  Brian Ruby – Founder, Carbon Nanoprobes, Inc.

Together with the CEO of MESA+, Kees Eijkel is responsible for this Dutch institute in micro/nanotechnology with 450 people and a 46-million euro turnover. He gives special attention to commercialization, which has resulted in a well-developed strategy and network that supported the formation of more than 30 start-ups over the past 15 years. He is also president of the Board of Directors of MANCEF - Micro And Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation,  and co-developed the Dutch National Nanotechnology Initiative, NanoNed.

Special thanks to Prof. Bruce Kirchhoff, Judith Sheft, and Greg Mass

Wednesday April 26
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Campus Center Atrium
New Jersey’s Environments: Past, Present, and Future

Neil Maher, NJIT Department of History, and three coauthors

Prof. Maher has edited a volume of essays on the environmental history of New Jersey titled New Jersey's Environments: Past, Present, and Future, which has just been published. The colloquium will feature three contributors to this book in short talks introduced by Prof. Maher and followed by discussion. The book covers topics ranging from wildlife management and ecological measures to solid-waste disposal and natural-disaster preparedness.

Cosponsored by the NJIT-Rutgers/Newark History Club

Thursday, April 27
7:00 PM
Bradley Hall Theater,
Rutgers/Newark, MLK & Warren St.
Honors Night at the Theater, Part 2

By Jim Cartwright

Directed by Timothy Raphael

The play will be followed by a conversation with the Director.

Two Theater Nights are being offered this term. Honors students will receive Colloquium credit for attendance at either one, but not both. See also March 2.

Students must attend both the play and the talk to receive honors credit.


You must sign up in advance by email to Ms. Hulin by April 24.

Cartwright's first and most performed play, Road (1986) is a series of vignettes interspersed with  monologues.  These monologues are notable for an almost 'stream of consciousness' quality which mirrors the broader framework of the narrative.  (From the above website)

May 16-17
Third Annual Honors Trip to Washington, DC

Students are charged a small cost (about $25, to be determined), which includes all transportation, accommodations and meals. The purpose of the trip is to expose you to the federal policymaking process and to explore a range of professional fields in both the executive and legislative branches of our government.

Our host is Mr. Robert Cottingham, a long-time Washington veteran who will get us inside legislative and executive-branch offices and set up meetings with top policy-makers.

Space is limited, so if you would like to sign up for the trip, please e-mail Ms. Hulin as soon as possible. Be sure to include the following in your e-mail: name, year, major, address, SS# and DOB (for the security check).  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Ms. Hulin.