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Arts and Sciences Raises TWO "Big Tents" for Rutgers Day

Written by John Chadwick | SAS Senior Writer

Rutgers’ largest school shows its many sides on Rutgers Day.

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The School of Arts and Sciences will have a big presence at Rutgers Day 2017.

The third annual Arts and Sciences Tent of Big Ideas–a showcase of scholarship, creativity, and innovation from across the School’s academic spectrum–will have two big tops in 2017. This year, two tents will showcase the wide array of disciplines in the Arts and Sciences, one on Voorhees Mall, College Avenue Campus, and a new one on Busch Campus will bring the humanities and more social sciences across the river. Both will also serve as hubs where people can gather, socialize, and meet Arts and Sciences faculty, students, and alumni.

“We’ve had a lot of people doing fabulous work on Rutgers Day since the beginning,” says Arts and Sciences Executive Dean Peter March. “People can experience the vast depth and breadth of our programs under two tents.”

Rutgers Day, which takes place April 29, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, is a one-day exploration and celebration of the university’s research, education, and service. The free event includes the New Jersey Folk Festival and Ag-Field Day. Rutgers Day draws people from throughout the region, including alumni, parents of current or prospective students, and those just looking for an interesting way to spend a spring Saturday. This year’s event will also coincide with Alumni Weekend, offering Rutgers alumni the opportunity to connect with old friends and classmates while they are on campus.

The Tent of Big Ideas will feature short lectures and presentations on topics ranging from serious health issues like autism to a look at the theological themes in the music of Bruce Springsteen.

“A big tent is a very apt analogy for Rutgers and for the Arts and Sciences,” March said. “Across all parts of the school, our alumni, parents, prospective students can have a single place where they can see the entire scope of the depth and breadth of the arts and sciences.”

The presentations under the Big Tent include:

  • The theology of Bruce Springsteen
  • Migration across the Americas
  • Autism and language impairment: a genetic link?
  • The DNA of Cancer
  • more to come!

Visit Arts and Sciences programs across Rutgers–New Brunswick on Rutgers Day, collect three or more stamps in your Arts and Sciences program, bring it to the Arts and Sciences tent on Busch or College Avenue to receive a free, limited edition Arts and Sciences give-away. For more information on Rutgers Day, go to the website.

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