Chancellor’s Spring Research Symposium – Friday, April 13th

The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) and the Office of the Chancellor present:

The Fair Housing Act At 50: Success, Failures, and Opportunities

Friday, April 13
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Penn 401
Rutgers University–Camden

Can’t make it to the event? We will be livestreaming the keynote speakers from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. at


9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Registration and Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: First Panel Discussion-Housing and the Geography of Opportunity
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Second Panel Discussion-Ramifications of Unfair Housing
12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Networking
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Keynote Speakers and Discussion

Featuring Rutgers–Camden interdisciplinary faculty panels and keynote discussion with: 

Peter Dreier






Peter Dreier
Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
Chair, Urban and Environmental Policy Department, Occidental College

David Troutt






David Troutt

Professor of Law
Director, Center of Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity
Justice John J. Francis Scholar, Rutgers Law School–Newark

Richard Kahlenberg






Richard Kahlenberg
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

View and download the Chancellor’s Spring Research Symposium event flyer:

CURE Seminar Series: “Employee Ownership and Urban Economic Development” with Christopher Michael, J.D.

Thursday, March 22
Armitage Hall, Faculty Lounge
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Presented by Christopher Michael, J.D.
Director of Employee Ownership, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation

To date, cities have not fully utilized employee ownership as an economic development strategy––as a means to retain businesses, improve the quality of jobs, and expand the local tax base. In this short lecture, Chris Michael will share personal experiences with initiatives in New York City and Newark, NJ that aim to increase the number and size of employee-owned businesses in the local region. As context, he will also relate findings from dissertation research on the history of employee ownership in the United States.

CURE Seminar Series: “Running the Rails: A History of Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry” with James Wolfinger

Friday, February 16
Armitage Hall, Faculty Lounge
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Presented by James Wolfinger
Associate Dean & Professor Secondary History at DePaul College of Education

Philadelphia exploded in violence in 1910. The general strike that year claimed the lives of some two dozen people and made Philadelphia a prominent point in the tumultuous national conflict over workers’ rights. That strike was a notable point, but not a unique one, in the history of Philadelphia’s transit system. My paper, “Running the Rails: A History of Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry,” outlines the chief arguments that I make in my recent book, Running the Rails (Cornell University Press, 2016), which details a generations-long history of conflict between the workers and management at one of the nation’s largest privately owned transit systems. In particular, I focus on how labor relations shifted from the 1880s to the 1960s as transit workers adapted to fast-paced technological innovation to keep the city’s people and commerce on the move while management sought to limit its employees’ rights. I argue that it is remarkable to see how much Philadelphia’s transit workers achieved. (more…)