Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a world-class research university with global reach. It hosts a myriad of international and global initiatives that originate in different departments, centers, and programs spanning all three campuses. Recognizing that a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach is inherently important to global engagement, each year Rutgers brings together scholars, activists, policymakers, and artists through a unifying theme.
The theme offers a framework for members of the Rutgers community to explore, discuss, and analyze critical global issues. Each focus is framed broadly enough to engage faculty, students, and staff from diverse units and disciplines in a common conversation. Each theme also encourages a discussion across disciplinary boundaries. Among other issues, the current theme,Global Health!, offers a timely opportunity for Rutgers University to harness the intellectual strengths of the humanities, social and life sciences, business, law, and economics, education, and the care professions with the biomedical sciences and related health professions.
Each annual theme provides a focus for a series of exciting events that bring outside scholars, policymakers, activists, and artists to the university for lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, or student assignments. The theme serves to engage the Rutgers community in a dialogue focused on the most pressing global concerns and in a search for solutions that would alleviate some of the negative impacts that have been generated.