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(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College will host several events sponsored by the Ramapo College Institute of Environmental Studies throughout the fall 2011 semester.  All events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, October 4, “Why is Environmental Cleanup So Slow?” A Panel Discussion will be held in Friends Hall (SC219) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The panel will focus on the Ford Motor Company’s contamination of the Ramapo area as well as polluted regions in New York and the Ringwood, NJ Superfund site.

The panel will include Ramapo College Adjunct Professor of Environmental Writing Jan Barry Crumb, formerly a reporter for the Bergen Record, Director of the Emergency and Remedial Division at the Region 2 Office of the Environmental Protection Agency Walter Mugdan, as well as College Adjunct Professor of Environmental Investigations and Social Ecologist Chuck Stead. 

On Monday, October 17, Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School will present “Citizens United and the Lost Republic,” co-sponsored by the College and the North Jersey Public Policy Network from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Auditorium.  

Lessig will discuss how the political system is controlled by wealthy individuals who donate large sums of money to political campaigns. 

On Thursday, October 27, “Exploring the Lessons of the Aral Sea Disaster,” will be held as a full day conference based on an exchange program with Uzbekistan. The College’s Institute of Environmental Studies was granted by the Trust for Mutual Understanding for the conference.  More details about the conference will be issued.       

The Aral Sea was suffered effects of desertification starting in the 1960s due to water removal for crop irrigation.  The sea gained global attention as being one of the greatest manmade world disasters.  

For more information about the programs sponsored by the Ramapo College Institute of Environmental Studies, please contact Professor of Environmental Psychology Michael Edelstein via email at or by phone at 201.684.7745. 


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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