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Professor Jillian Weiss has received the Arthur S. Leonard Award of the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, together with Virginia Goggin, Legal Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. In the words of committee: “Both Virginia and Jillian have contributed tremendously, through their determination, commitment and energy, to the advancement of LGBT rights. They are passionate, zealous advocates for the LGBT community and we are very excited to honor their work.”


2015 Psychology Symposium

Talk on Thoreau-final


Ramapo River Watershed Conference, Friday, April 24th

Ramapo River Watershed Conference 2015 NewsRelease


Law and Society Colloquium S15



SCOTUS spring 15 events

Dr. Behzad Yaghmaian speaks on CNN about Iran’s economy

Dr. Trenberth on Climate Disruption in the US


Fukushima Nuclear Disasters and Lessons for US


Professor Behzad Yaghmaian published an article on the new Greek government and its implications for migration policy.


Professor Jillian Weiss spoke on CBS The Insider about Jamal v. Saks & Co., a trailblazing transgender discrimination case.




SCOTUS Food Labelingdraft1


Platinum event

Strategy, Stress, and Serenity: A Presentation on Challenges in Public Education, Identifying Practical Solutions, and Embracing Change, Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 3:45 – 5:15 P.M., ROOM D215



Children's Rights


Rigoberta Menchú


Benjamin Jealous Poster



Environmental Justice and the Ringwood Superfund Site: a study of the Ramapough-Lenape Turtle Clan and the impacts from dumping by Ford Motor Company

May 8, 10 a.m., Friends Hall


MASS: Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies presents: Master Students’ Capstone Projects

Friends Hall, Thursday, April 24th, 2014
6 PM—Reception
7 PM—Presentations of Capstone Projects:

Karin LaGreca, Re-Greening New Jersey Communities: A Citizen Science Model
Courtney Furber, Sustainable Restaurants: How Can Restaurants Transition Towards Being More Sustainable?
Joseph Goggin, Corporate Social Responsibility: A Tool To Advance The Pharmaceutical Industry
Sean O’Hagan, Creating A Sustainable Business Policy In The Electric Utility Sector
Brian Zach, Ringwood: Popular Epidemiology and ATSDR Health Study Perceptions
Raheen Masood Kahn, Green Is The New Black: Sustainability In The Apparel Industry


Supreme Court of the United States Discussion Series: the Court and Surveillance

April 22, 2014, Friends Hall



Congratulations to Prof. Jill Weiss (Law and Society), named on the Trans 100 2014 list!


Cafe Europe, April 24th, 12:30 p.m.

Cafe EU discussion


Ramapo College Conference: “Muslim Migrants and the New Europe”

April 14, Pavilion


The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies proudly invites you to the seventh program in the 2014 series “Lessons of Sustainability: the Expert Practitioners Series”

Eric Fuchs-Stengel
YOUTH TAKE ACTION:Sustainability—WE Can Make It Happen!
April 10, Alumni Lounge Student Center, 6-7:30 pm


The Master’s Program for Sustainability Studies at the Ramapo College of New Jersey Invites you to:

Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties: Converging on a Peoples’ Transformative Agenda Post 2015
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT), Trustees Pavilion 3

The Law and Society program proudly presents the first issue of the Ramapo Journal of Law and Society

Sangha Padhy, Assistant Professor of Law and Society and Sustainability, published Smoke and the City in Indian Express.


Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Discussion Series: Gideon vs. Wainwright 

Thursday, March 27 from 1 PM to 2 PM in the Pavilion rooms 1 and 2

The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies invites you to the third program in the 2014 series “Lessons of Sustainability: the Expert Practitioners Series”
Applying the Ideas of Ivan Illich: Learning Beyond Economics and Ecology
A Seminar Program with Trent Schroyer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Ramapo College of NJ
6 pm Thursday, February 27, Friends Hall

Psychology colloquium, Wednesday February 26, 1pm, TC012

Maki Koyama, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist II
Nathan S. Kline Institute, Orangeburg, NY
Child Mind Institute, NY, NY
Title: Application of Resting-State fMRI to the Study of Developmental Disorders

The Ramapo College Masters in Sustainability Studies proudly invites you to the first in the 2014 series “Lessons of Sustainability: the Expert Practitioners Series”:
Permaculture and Bioregionalism As Foundations for Ecologically-Responsible Economic Development, Andrew Faust, Center For Bioregional Living
6 pm Thursday, February 6, Friends Hall

New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children Spring Conference

March 17, 2014
NJCEC 2014 flyer

The Masters in Sustainability Studies and Environmental Studies Programs, Ramapo College of N.J., and the N.J. Highlands Coalition, N.J.Club, ClimateMama, and the Delaware Riverkeeper NetworkPresent: Gas Infrastructure and Its Adverse Impacts: Implications for Communities across the RegionWith Renowned Environmental Scientist and MacArthur Fellow WILMA SUBRAWednesday, December 11, 9:30-11:30 AM, Friends Hall, RCNJ

Voting Rights event


SCOTUS Discussion Series
Community Resilience Planning: Getting Beyond Climate Disasters
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Trustees Pavilion
November 1, 2013, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Masters Program in Sustainability Studies, RCNJ
Sustainable Jersey, TCNJ
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Barnegat Bay Partnership
with support from:
The Ramapo College Foundation
The School of Theoretical and Applied Sciences
The School of Social Sciences and Human Services
The purpose of this panel discussion and workshop is to provide communities in Northern New Jersey with cutting-edge tools and techniques to move beyond mere climate- and disaster-preparedness toward a state of dynamic resilience. Think of it as a sustainability “clinic,” where we will help you anticipate problems you might encounter and assist you with trouble-shooting your way around obstacles you have already encountered.
For more information, contact Ashwani Vasishth, PhD
Schomburg Scholar presentation: Professor Chandan Gowda, “Colonial Knowledge and the Romance of Development”
Wednesday, October 9th, Pavilion, 6:30 pm
For more information, please contact Dr. Padhy at:


Author presentation: Aseem Shrivastava, Churning the Earth-The Making of Global India
Monday, September 16, 2013 ASB136, 9:45-11:15 AM


Distributing Gas, Limiting Impact: Responding to the Proliferation of Pipeline Projects

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, Alumni Lounges, Ramapo College of NJ, Free and open to the public

Organized by Ramapo College of New Jersey’s Masters in Sustainability Studies and Environmental Studies Programs, in partnership with the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, Ramapough Conservancy, NJ Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeeper and Catskill Mountainkeeper


The 18th Annual Ramapo River Watershed Conference, Friday, April 26, 2013, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Presented by the Ramapo River Committee and the Environmental Studies Program at Ramapo College


Distinguished Schomburg Scholar Presentation: Getachew Sahlemariam, “From the Ideals of Pan Africanism to the Ordeals of Ethnicism,” Wednesday, April 24, 1:00-200 pm B224

Getachew Flyer (2)


Sociology Student Research Symposium, Friday, April 26th, ASB 135

Michelle Delaney: White Police Officers’ and African American Civilians’ Views on Policing and Embedded Racism

Christina Vega: Latinos in Higher Education

Brian Ventricelli: Working with Women: Constructing Inequality


Division of Teacher Education Presents: Living Productively with a Disability, April 9, 2013, 12 p.m., Alumni Lounges

LivingProductivelywithDisabilities TAG


Join SSHS Alumni for SSHS Careers: Insights & Options
Alumni-Student Networking Roundtable
Thursday, February 28, Alumni Lounges (SC136-138)
SSHS Alumni event


Creating a Sustainable World: Voices of Key Practitioners #2
A series of seven presentations at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Spring 2013
Sponsored by MASS: Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies

Helen Ross, Ph.D.
“Exploring Community Resilience: Case Studies from Down Under”
February 6, 6 PM, Alumni Lounge, SC138

Harris Gleckman
“Putting Climate and Sustainability on the Global Agenda”
March 7, 6 PM, Alumni Lounges

Kevin Lyons, Ph.D.
“Green Purchasing – The New Eco-Industrial Revolution Has Begun!”
March 14, 6 PM, Alumni Lounges

Liz Walker
“It Takes an Ecovillage: Modeling the Sustainable and Resilient Cities
of Tomorrow”
March 28, 6 PM, Pavilion

Shebazz Jackson
“Zero Waste: A Permaculture Perspective on Waste Management”
April 4, 6 PM, Friends Hall

Michael Klemens
“Ecological Stewardship: Empowering Communities to Protect the
April 11, 6 PM, Alumni Lounge

Jaimie Cloud, Ph.D.
Educating for Sustainability: With the Brain in Mind
April 18, 6 PM, Alumni Lounges

Free and Open to the Public
For more information: Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Psychology, Programs in Environmental and Sustainability Studies,
Ramapo College of N.J.

Teacher Education Program Conference : Assessment and You
Monday, March 18th, 8 am – 3 pm

Congratulations to Prof. Elvira Katic, the new Executive Director of the Semiotic Society of America, and to Ramapo College, the new headquarters of the Society.
The website of the Association is

Psychology Colloquium
December 5th 

Glenn Geher, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Psychology, SUNY-New Paltz, Director of Evolutionary Studies (EvoS)
4:00 pm TC012
Title: “Evolutionary Psychology within the Landscape of Academia: Tales of Struggle and Promise

Law and Society Colloquium

On November 17th, Prof. Aaron Lorenz gave a presentation about “The State of Nature and Laws of Seinfeld” (ASB 225, 1-2 p.m.).

The Law and Society Program and the Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies Invite You to Attend a Lecture:
Plunder from Jews during the Holocaust

Irena Grudzinska Gross
Co-author with Jan T. Gross of Golden Harvest: Events at the Periphery of the
Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Behzad Yaghmaian talked about the Iran sanctions with CNN in July 2012.

Behzad Yaghmaian spoke on the Turkish-Syrian crisis on Thursday, April 12th, at 10 p.m.

Lambda Legal Elects Transgender Law Expert Jillian Weiss to Board of Directors
Based in New Jersey, Weiss is a professor at Ramapo College and a Workplace Trainer

(New York, May 14, 2012) – Today, Lambda Legal announced the election of Jillian Weiss, New Jersey law professor and transgender advocate, to serve on its Board of Directors.

“We are so pleased to have Jillian’s talent and expertise on our Board,” said Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal. “Jillian’s demonstrated commitment to transgender rights and workplace fairness will serve Lambda Legal well as we forge ahead on these issues. We look forward to her contributions.”

Dr. Jillian T. Weiss is Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where her research area is transgender workplace law and policy. She has authored numerous academic publications, presentations and other scholarly works, as well as articles and interviews for media organizations including The New York Times and Associated Press. She is a member of the Board of GetEqual, a direct action non-profit organization dedicated to LGBT rights, as well as a member of The Williams Institute Advisory Board, an LGBT rights think-tank at UCLA Law School, and former member of the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

She also provides consulting services for private and public employers, including Harvard University, Boeing and New York City, and pro bono legal representation in cases involving gender identity and gender expression discrimination. She is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, and Chair of the Planning Committee for its annual Transgender Law Institute.

“I remember being a young person a half century or so ago, thinking that I must be mentally ill because of who I was. But I did not know, when I was ten years old, that Lambda Legal was being formed in a small New York City apartment in 1971, and that it would one day come to champion respect under the law for me and mine in the highest courts in the land. We have come a long way. We also have a long way to go. Lambda Legal is going to be a crucial component of future progress and I’m very excited to be part of that vision,” said Jillian Weiss.


Contact Info

Contact: Jonathan Adams 212-809-8585 x267; Email:

Lambda Legal is the nation’s largest and oldest organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Psychology Colloquium

Title: “Lessons That Have Endured 50 Years: What Milgram’s Studies of Obedience Tell Us about the Power of the Situation, the Banality of Evil – and the Banality of Heroism.”
Speaker: Gordon Bear, Ph.D.
Date: April 4th
Time: 4 pm
Venue: G403

Brief Bio: Professor Bear’s specialization is in experimental social psychology. He earned his doctorate degree at Yale University in 1970 and has taught the subject of obedience 131 times, devoting as much as 8 hours per course to it. His postings on the subject earned him an award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in 2003.


Law and Society Workshop

How (Not) to Graduate: Navigating the Law and Society Major. Everything you ever wanted to know about the law and society major and its requirements. This is an event open to all law and society majors, as well as all students interested in the major. Wednesday, March 28th, 1 p.m., B 224. Pizza will be served. Contact: Mia Serban,

Ramapo College will hold the conference “Stopping Violence and Abuse: Protecting Our Children, Teens, and Young Adults” on Monday, March 26, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC219) in the Robert A. Scott Student Center.  The conference is sponsored by the School of Social Science and Human Services.

Conference Poster (PDF)

The conference is an interdisciplinary effort that will bring together professionals who serve children, teens and young adults in nearby communities as clinicians, educators and in other professions in social work.  By uniting professionals in the areas of social work, psychology and education, the conference will create a multi-disciplinary perspective on violence and abuse-an important issue affecting young people today.

Featured speakers include Commissioner of NJ Department of Children and Families Allison Blake who will provide Morning Remarks and Keynote speaker David Nash, Esq. of the NJPSA Staff Counsel who will deliver a presentation entitled, “From Mandate Web to Safety Net: A Coherent Approach to Child Safety.” The presentation will help public schools navigate various state mandates so as to best help children and will include information about the new NJ teen dating violence law.

Break out speakers include Assistant Professor of Social Work Kathryn Krase, Assistant Director of the Center for Student Involvement and Coordinator of the Women’s Center Kat McGee, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Julie Norflus-Good, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Anne DeGroot, Associate Professor of Psychology Lysandra Perez-Strumulo, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and former specialist at St. Clare’s child abuse treatment program Jessica Platt and Associate Professor of Psychology Maya Poran, all of the College.

Other break out speakers include Clinical Director of the Audrey Hepburn House of Hackensack Medical Center Anthony D’Urso and Lyndhurst Public School District members Superintendent Dr. Tracey Marinelli, Supervisor of English & Fine and Performing Arts Lisa Klein and Executive Secretary Pat Norcia.  Also to speak are Art Therapist at Shelter Our Sisters Marta Levy, Executive Director at Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey Rush Russell and New Milford High School Guidance Counselor, District SAC Coordinator, and District HIB Coordinator Dorene Zacher.

The conference will also include poster session featuring the work of Ramapo students.  Additionally, free breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

The event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please visit Stopping Violence and Abuse.

For more information about the conference, please contact Diana Alspach at or (201) 684-7625 or Zewde Petros at, or (201) 684-7051.