Programs & Opportunities
Proposals for 2016–2017 biennial theme activities and events were due on July 1, 2016.
2016–2017 Biennial Theme CFP Announcement >
2016–2017 Biennial Theme Special Events Grants Proposal Form >
2016–2017 Biennial Theme Programming Events Grants Proposal Form >
2016–2017 Biennial Theme Budget Worksheet >
About the 2015–2017 Biennial Theme
The GAIA Centers 2015–2017 biennial theme, Global Urbanism, supports faculty, staff, and students engaging the Rutgers community in activities that significantly expand the university's international agenda by exploring the condition of global urbanism. Global Urbanism biennial theme proposals for the 2015–2016 academic year should offer programming that is open to the public and that falls in one that falls in one of two broad categories: Special Events Grants or Programming Grants. Events can be large university wide lectures, conferences, or symposia, or more specialized meetings engaging more narrowly defined scholarly or educational concerns. Programming should enhance the international profile of academic units by hosting speakers, holding small workshops, or expanding the international component of courses through film screenings, performances, discussions, lectures, or other means of building student interest. Any and all globally focused and theme-related events that bring together diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public are welcome and encouraged.
Cities worldwide are hubs of cultural creativity, economic innovation, political and environmental transformation, communication, and education. They concentrate and disperse flows of people, resources, and information; they are sites of high finance and of everyday struggles over the means and meaning of life; they stage a drama of collaborative self-organization as well as social strife; they concentrate the world’s gravest public health and environmental challenges, but also provide the greatest opportunities for innovation in health service delivery and sustainable living. Cities inspire dynamic forms of cultural expression that celebrate—and resist—the concentrating and dispersing forces of global urbanism. Because cities are complex social and natural environments and key nodes in a global ecology that extends across spaces and cultures, the Global Urbanism biennial theme encourages proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries and harness the strengths of multiple perspectives, including: the humanities; the social, behavioral, environmental, physical and biological sciences; fine and performing arts, business, law, planning, education, and engineering; and the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, public health, and related health professions.
The goal of the biennial theme is to highlight the broad range of courses, programs, projects, and activities that are internationally focused and related to the complex issues around global urbanism offered by departments, schools, units, and student organizations at Rutgers. The motivating idea is to connect and enhance the diverse activities related to global urbanism that exist or are being developed across the campus and thus to give visibility to the creativity at Rutgers, an inherently urban community located in three of New Jersey’s largest cities—Newark, Camden, and New Brunswick. Global Urbanism biennial theme winners offer programming that is open to the public and enhance the international profile of academic units by hosting speakers, holding small workshops, or expanding the international component of courses through film screenings, performances, discussions, lectures, or other means of building student interest. Any and all globally focused and theme-related events that bring together diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public are welcome.
Winning biennial theme events are listed on our Global Urbanism event calendar. To get a biennial theme poster for your office or living space, contact Marcela Caro, administrative assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Program Coordinator, Global Programs