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, Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders, explores in what ways rapid advancement of technologies has altered how humans live their everyday lives throughout the world, and in what ways business, education, politics, and services are being conducted and delivered across the globe.
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.