Lecture Series Highlights Leaders in Sustainable Practices

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Rutgers University–Camden will become the central hub for interactive, online, and in-person discussions with leaders in the field of sustainable practice as it presents the free SustainableMondays lecture series through April 27.

The lectures, which are free and open to the general public, will be held from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in the Digital Studies Center or the Stedman Gallery on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Off-campus lectures will be held from 1:20 to 3:20 p.m. at various sites throughout the City of Camden. All lectures will be videotaped and streamed live on the Rutgers–Camden website.

The SustainableMondays lecture series combines Rutgers–Camden’s celebrated SkypeonArt series with in-person discussions and workshops focusing on sustainability. During these interactive sessions, educators, environmentalists, and artists who are luminaries in their respective fields will lead in-person discussions or Skype in from around the world, share their images or video shorts with participants, and answer questions.

“This series has grown popular for giving Rutgers–Camden students and the South Jersey community unfettered access to the world’s preeminent educators and artists focusing on sustainable practices,” says Elizabeth Demaray, an associate professor of fine arts at Rutgers University–Camden, who leads the workshops.

The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts will detail community and arts programs available at the center from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Stedman Gallery.

Howard Gillette, a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers–Camden, will host an in-person workshop from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. Monday, March 23 in the Stedman Gallery. Gillette specializes in modern U.S. history, with a special interest in urban and regional development. He is the author of the books Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities from the Garden City to the New Urbanism, and Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City, which received best book awards from the Urban History Association and the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Christa Galvin, director of volunteer and community outreach for The Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community of South Camden, will lead guests on a tour of the center from 1:20 to 3:20 p.m. Monday, March 30. The Neighborhood Center, whose mission is to create a “community living room,” provides many resources for its South Camden neighborhood, including daycare, afterschool care, a teen program, and a community kitchen that serves lunch 365 days a year.

Eco-artist Mary Mattingly will Skype in at 12:20 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Stedman Gallery. Mattingly, who creates site-specific human habitats, recently launched a three-part project: three spherical living systems incorporating rainwater collection, which cycled water through edible gardens, solar panels, and enclosed living spaces. These spheres were choreographed through New York City’s five boroughs. WetLand (Part Three) is currently on view at Penn’s Landing and will launch from the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Jon Cohrs, a recording engineer, filmmaker, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, will Skype in from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Stedman Gallery. Often employing humor and absurdity, Cohrs’ work uses public engagement and site-specific interventions to address global issues.

The Digital Studies and Stedman Gallery are located in the Fine Arts Complex. For more information, contact Demaray at demaray@camden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-2893.

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