Fall 2009

Food, power and water — our global culture is facing major challenges with respect to each of these resources. But there are feasible and creative solutions, which will be explored by the speakers coming to NJIT for the 2009-2010 Technology and Society Forum Series. In a continuing Forum tradition, the new Series also includes a lecture and musical presentation by pianist and educator Richard Alston. In “Classically Black,” Alston will present the work of composers of African descent who have made significant contributions to classical music.

Download the 2009-2010 series brochure (PDF, 3.2 MB)


The Vertical Farm: Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond

Dickson D. Despommier
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

September 30, 2009, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Campus Center Atrium

Solar Electricity from Orbit

Martin Hoffert
Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Department of Applied Science
New York University

November 4, 2009, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

Classically Black

Richard Alston
Professor of Music
Essex County College

February 3, 2010, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Jim Wise Theatre

Special Presentation
Haiti: Grassroots Technology and Educational Empowerment

Sarah Brownell
Co-founder, Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods

February 24, 2010
Campus Center Atrium

The Global Water Crisis

Maude Barlow
National Chair, Council of Canadians
Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly

March 10, 2010, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

Co-sponsors: NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College, Murray Center for Women in Technology, NJIT Educational Opportunity Program, Sigma Xi
For more information about the NJIT Technology and Society Forum, contact Jay Kappraff at kappraff@adm.njit.edu or 973-596-3490.