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Join us for screening of “The Garden” — Friday, October 31, 2014

The Center for Urban Research and Education and the Digital Studies Center present a film and discussion series exploring Metropolitan and Urban issues

The Garden

The Garden (2008) From the ashes of the L.A. riots arose a lush, 14 acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the U.S. Now bulldozers threaten its future.  

Discussant:  Mike Devlin, Executive Director and Nohemi Soria, USDA Community Food Access Manager from Camden Children’s Garden



Friday, October 31, 2014 – 12:00pm – 2pm

Faculty Lounge, 3rd floor, Armitage Hall
Lunch will be provided


The event is free and open to the public.  No registration is required. 

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(within the Rutgers University Police Department)
409 North Fourth Street
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Dr. Michael Hayes joins CURE as affiliated scholar!


 Michael Hayes is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Prior to Rutgers-Camden, he worked as an economist for the Office of Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). His research in the field of public budgeting and finance focuses primarily on the impact of tax and expenditures limitations (TELs) on urban school districts. His research in the field of education policy focuses on summer learning loss, and teacher effectiveness. His research has been published in a variety of journals including Public Finance & Management, and Public Budgeting & Finance. He teaches MPA courses, including Foundations of Policy Analysis and Financial Management for Public Programs.

Next CURE seminar and special book-signing event: Friday, October 17th, 2014!

Please join us for our next seminar and book signing event:

Gang Nostalgia: Generation, Authority and
the Role of History in a Chicago Gang

Laurence Ralph, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of African and African American Studies
and of Anthropology
Harvard University

Friday, October 17, 2014
12pm – 2pm
Private Dining Room Campus Center
Lunch will be served 


Laurence Ralph

Laurence Ralph is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.He earned both a PhD and also a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in History, Technology and Society. Laurence has a diverse set of research interests, which include: urban anthropology, medical anthropology; the study of gangs, disability, masculinity, race, and popular culture. Laurence has published articles on these topics in Anthropological Theory, Disability Studies Quarterly, Transition, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Read more

CURE affiliated scholar Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn’s research on Twitter and Religion cited in MIT Technology Review

Twitter Data Mining Reveals America’s Religious Fault Lines

Social media is playing an increasingly important role in religious activity. Computer scientists ask: How is that reflected in the Twitter stream?

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Center Director Paul Jargowsky participates in Roundtable discussion on Ferguson

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CURE affiliated scholar Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn co-authors paper on U.S. Religious Landscape on Twitter for the 6th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2014)

U.S. Religious Landscape on Twitter

Religiosity is a powerful force shaping human societies, affecting domains as diverse as economic growth or the ability to cope with illness. As more religious leaders and organizations as well as believers start using social networking sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook), online activities become important extensions to traditional religious rituals and practices. However, there has been lack of research on religiosity in online social networks. This paper takes a step toward the understanding of several important aspects of religiosity on Twitter, based on the analysis of more than 250k U.S. users who self-declared their religions/belief, including Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Specifically, (i) we examine the correlation of geographic distribution of religious people between Twitter and offline surveys. (ii) We analyze users’ tweets and networks to identify discriminative features of each religious group, and explore supervised methods to identify believers of different religions. (iii) We study the linkage preference of different religious groups, and observe a strong preference of Twitter users connecting to others sharing the same religion.