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Economic Crisis, Students, and Workers:
Historical Perspectives/Global Challenges

MAHWAH – In response to the economic crisis in the United States and worldwide, Ramapo College of New Jersey faculty and students will convene a three-day Interdisciplinary Colloquium and Teach-in, “Economic Crisis, Students, and Workers: Historical Perspectives and Challenges.”  The three-day event is free and open to the public.

Eight discussion panels and a student roundtable will examine the crisis from the perspective of history, literature, media, political science, Spanish-speaking countries and environmental studies, among others.  The event also will include an art exhibit, a creative writing/visual media contest and a film series that runs through April 28.

The impetus for the colloquium began with six faculty members. “We realized that ‘social class,’ is a concept that has virtually disappeared from the college curriculum at a time when it could not be more relevant given the current global economic crisis,” says Dr. Peter Scheckner, a professor of Literature and one of the faculty organizers.   He said students deserve to learn how academic disciplines can not only deepen their understanding of the current crisis, but can also prepare them to act.  Nine student organizations also are cosponsoring the event.

Discussion panels will be held Tuesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 16 from 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in Rooms 136-138 in the Robert A. Scott Student Center on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Film screenings will be held in the evening on Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information, please E-mail or student coordinator, Justin Walker,


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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