NEWARK Video Reveals Civic Sensibility of the Next Generation

"For change to happen, it has to begin with us," says Allyza Umali, graduate of Rutgers University-Newark. "If we have a voice, then use it!" Six stories about growth and transformation in Newark from 2014 to 2016 feature civic-minded Rutgers-Newark students in film and public administration. Stories highlight the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), green building research at NJIT, and RU-N graduate Nicole Binns and graduate student Terrell Blount. [16:00]  

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Heart of the City-TRENTON

"I'm excited by the people -particularly younger people - making a reinvestment in the city," says Dr. George Pruitt, President, Thomas Edison State University. The Trenton Episode of Heart of the City tracks civic renewal and creative change in the Capital City.

Trenton Ed and Civic Leaders Value Urban Agriculture

"Urban agriculture is the perfect marriage between health, business, safety, community, fun," says Marissa Davis, Project Coordinator for the YMCA of Trenton. Dr. Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S. Watson Institute, says: "I would advise young people to get their hands dirty...Come out to the farms that are starting to pop up across the city."

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The papal encyclical, Laudato Si', provides a deeply coherent basis for understanding society, ecology and the environment. Enjoy key words and phrases below. 

Powerful phrases from Laudato Si'
The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration." [109]  Read more

Word Counts 

  • economic/economy      81
  • wealth/wealthier           4

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