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Noodle Vendor

Xinjiang, China

Apsaras of Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia


Song Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Lake Weed Farmers

Inle Lake, Myanmar

Yurt in Blizzard

Jeti Oguz, Kyrgyzstan


Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Archeology Site

Merv, Turkmenistan

Ancient Volcano Crater

Kauai, Hawai'i

Prayer Flags

Mt. Kailash, Tibet

Mt. Everest


Stick Insect

Sarawak, Borneo

Wild Horses

Gozli Ata Canyons, Turkmenistan

Pearl Farm

Ahe, French Polynesia

Shoe Vendor

Khiva, Uzbekistan

Traditional Tibetan Dress

Darchen, Tibet

Shibuya Station

Tokyo, Japan

Kazakh Woman

Aksu-Zhabagly, Kazakhstan

Hill of Crosses

Siauliai, Lithuania


Sichuan, China


Kauai, Hawai'i

Welcome to the Office of International Programs

Image During the 2010-2011 academic year, Rutgers is hosting a series of lectures as part of its membership in the Space of Democracy/Democracy of Space Network. The international Network, with eighteen nodes around the globe, focuses on how people are connected with and responsible to those who live in distant places. With more and more emphasis on spatial connections and ethical responsibilities to others, the Network looks at how are we to understand and constitute new spaces of democracy today.

The Rutgers node of the Space of Democracy network is a joint initiative between the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as interested faculty across the New Brunswick campus. Faculty and graduate students in these programs have a long and continuing record of research and outreach on citizenship, civic participation, participatory planning, and democratic practice stretching from local New Jersey municipalities to the emerging regions of Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere.



The Rutgers node has designated eight specific events during the 2010-2011 academic year to inaugurate the Space of Democracy initiative at the university. These are as follows:

Sept 27           Steve Lerner, Research Director, Commonweal
Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the US

Oct 26             Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine
Europe: the Final Crisis?

Oct 27             Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado
Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences

Oct 29             Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley
There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change

Nov 19            Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami
State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000

Feb 9               Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South

Feb 23             Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute
Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?

March 23         Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal
Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform

For more information on these events, please visit For information about the Space of Democracy Network, see:

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