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Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs


Graduate Student Lunch Series – Global Topics

Across the university graduate students at Rutgers are engaging in exceptional research that analyze international and global issues relevant to their fields. The Graduate Student Lunch Series brings together this community to foster dialogue and promote synergies between the various graduate schools at the university. As part of the series, graduate students from any discipline/campus meet to present academic work that has a global or international dimension. The series is an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with colleagues and to practice presenting papers. It also provides a forum for fellow students to network and learn more about the academic work and projects of colleagues. 

The Graduate Student Lunch Series meets throughout the academic year. For each session, networking and lunch begins at 12:00 p.m. followed by a presentation and discussion. The research paper is circulated in advance to those registered to attend in preparation for the discussion. The discussion portion of the program often proves to be most beneficial to the presenter as fellow graduate students provide valuable feedback. The session concludes at 1:30 p.m.

The program is organized by a committee of graduate students. The program is co-sponsored by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Rutgers University Libraries. The lunch meetings are held at the Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus. The networking portion of the program includes a brief overview of research tips provided by university librarians. Lunch is provided.

Click here for the 2014 - 2015 Graduate Student Lunch Series Program Flyer.

Monday, October 6, 2014

SPEAKER:     Dina N. Elshahawany, Assistant Lecturer, Economic Department, Faculty of Commerce, Zagazig University, Egypt

                        Visiting Research Student, Rutgers Graduate School–New Brunswick, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

TOPIC:           “The Urban Development Situation in Egypt in the Light of New Communities Experiment and Future Challenges”


Monday, October 20, 2014

SPEAKER:     Atal Ahmadzai, Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, Division of Global Affairs

TOPIC:           “The Economy of Afghan Opium Industry: From Economic Returns to Distortions”


Monday, November 17, 2014

SPEAKER:     Lynette Sieger, Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, Division of Global Affairs,

TOPIC:           “Crises in Global Governance: United Nations Peace Operations”


Monday, February 23, 2015

SPEAKERS:   Janet Garcia, Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, School of Criminal Justice

                        Kashea Pegram, Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, School of Criminal Justice

TOPIC:           “Unpacking Narratives of Public Relations with the Israeli Police”


Monday, March 30, 2015

SPEAKERS:   Jerry Kukor, Dean of Graduate School New Brunswick

                        Marne Benson, Associate Director of the Rutgers University-Newark Writing Program

TOPIC:           “Writing Programs for Graduate Students on New Brunswick and Newark Campuses”


Monday, April 20, 2015

TOPIC:           “Exciting and informative “Lightning Talks” on graduate student research in STEM areas with a global and international focus”







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