Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner & Symposium Features Steven J. Diner of Rutgers University-Newark

On Friday, February 5, 2010, Temple B'nai Abraham will hold Kabbalat Shabbat Services at 6:30 PM, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat Dinner and Symposium, sponsored by Sisterhood and Men's Club at 7:30 PM. The guest speaker will be Steven J. Diner, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark. His topic will be "Rutgers-Newark: America's Most Diverse University." The dinner/symposium is $18 per person.

Chancellor Steven J. Diner has headed Rutgers University-Newark since July 2002. He leads an institution of over 10,500 students, five hundred full-time faculty and 1100 full-time staff, with a budget of $130,000,000. Rutgers-Newark awards Ph.D, masters, baccalaureate and law degrees in colleges of arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, law, nursing and public affairs & administration. U.S. News and World Report has named it the most diverse national university in the United States for eleven consecutive years. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Diner served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at Rutgers-Newark. He is also a Professor of History.

Chancellor Diner has devoted himself to building Rutgers-Newark as a leading urban research university. He has overseen a substantial increase in campus enrollments. He has encouraged faculty to take full advantage of the opportunities for both teaching and research offered by Newark's rich array of academic, cultural, business, legal, medical and scientific institutions and its proximity to New York City. He has been responsible for establishing a new School of Public Affairs & Administration, a Division of Global Affairs, and a wide variety of new academic initiatives many of which take advantage of Rutgers-Newark's location in the New York/northern New Jersey metropolitan area. Under his leadership, Rutgers-Newark has built strong ties between the campus and the local community. He is deeply involved in the revitalization of downtown Newark, where the campus sits, and has overseen the doubling of the campus's residential population. He is committed to creating a vibrant twenty-four/seven community in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.

Dr. Diner holds a Ph.D in history from the University of Chicago, and is the author of A City and Its Universities (1980), Housing Washington's People (1984), and A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era (1998), as well as numerous articles and essays on the history of American higher education, urban history and the history of public policy. If you plan to come, please RSVP to the Temple office at 973.994.2290 by February 3. Visit the TBA website at www.tbanj.org 

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