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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 7, 2010

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College will be hosting “Common Ground: Connecting Humans, Music, Art and the Natural World,” in celebration of Earth Day. “Common Ground” is an interdisciplinary symposium in which a variety of speakers and performers will be exploring the connectivity of people and nature through a variety of art forms and topics.

The symposium will combine the concentrations of music, math, art, science, and interactivity. Through lectures, screenings, performances, panel discussions, and presentations, participants will explore the power of the arts to reconnect people and the natural world.

The symposium is an independent initiative of a group of Ramapo College students who have brought together a number of artists and speakers to promote sustainability. The presenters, performers and panelists include: Ralph Abraham, from University of California at Santa Cruz; Joel Chadabe, director of the NYU Manhattan School of Music; Amy Lipton, co-director of ecoartspace; David Rothberg of NJIT; and Ramapo College professors Clyde Johnson, Ben Neill and Jackie Skrzynski, and the Ramapo Computer Music Ensemble.

“Common Ground: Connecting Humans, Music, Art and the Natural World” will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 22 and 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the H-Wing Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Emmy Black at 732.233.5770 or eblack@ramapo.edu. For media inquires, please contact Anna Farneski, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at 201.684.6844.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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