An Evening With...

An Evening With...

An Evening with...


 Hon. Craig Coughlin

Craig Couglin, Speaker of the General Assembly speaks to assembled guests at Rowan University


guest signs in to receive information of future events Students and Dr. Dworkin waiting for talk to begin  Hafiza Kazi introduces Hon. Craig Coughlin   Hafiza and Coughlin shake hands Craig Coughlin at podium Member of audience asks Couglin a question Rowan student asks Coughlin a questionAudience listens to Coughlin


Hon. Craig Couglin, Speaker of the General Assembly, spoke on the state of New Jesey politics in Business Hall. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public gathered to hear the speakers views on the current state of events. 



 Hon. Steve Sweeney

Dr. Dworkin introduces Dr. Houshmand Dr. Houshmand welcomes guests Student Introduces Steve Sweeney Student and Steve Sweeney shake hands

Steve Sweeney begins talk Student asks Steve Sweeney a question Another Student has a question for Steve Sweeney Member of Audience has a question for Steve Sweeney

Hon. Steve Sweeney speaks at RIPPAC event

Hon. Steve Sweeney, President of the New Jersey State Senate

RIPPAC’s first event of the Spring Semester brought Hon. Steve Sweeney, President of the New Jersey State Senate, to campus to discuss, “New Jersey’s Fiscal Condition and Our Future.”

A capacity crowd gathered in Business Hall room 104 to hear what the State Senate President had to say about New Jersey's future. An informal Q&A afterwards covered such topics as the recent raise in New Jersey's minimum wage, the legalization of marijuana, small businesses, and state employees benefits.




Kornacki with audience

 So, What Happened? An Evening with Steve Kornacki

More than 250 people turned out on December 6, 2018 for our event with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC and NBC National Political Correspondent. 

Kornacki, author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, joined us here on campus on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the results of the 2018 Midterm elections.

Kornacki spent three years in New Jersey chronicling the state’s political world for a political news website and co-hosting a weekly show on News12 New Jersey, a 24-hour cable news channel.

His work has also appeared in the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesNew York Daily NewsNew York PostBoston GlobeDaily Beast and at Capital New York.

Election results with Steve Kornacki Kornacki meets with RIPPAC students Kornacki Autograph line

Kornacki speaks Kornacki audience listening Kornacki makes a point Kornacki at podium



 Chris Christie speaking at Rowan Glassboro Campus

Governor Chris Christie speaking on the Future of the Republican Party

Chris Christie  joined us on campus in October to speak about “the future of the Republican Party.” More than 300 guests greeted the Governor and listned to his thoughts on where the Republican Party is headed. Christie served as the 55th governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018.  He began his career as a freeholder in Morris County, became a lobbyist for energy companies in 1998, and served as United States Attorney for New Jersey.


 Chris Christie meets students on Rowan's Campus           Chris Christie and Dr. Benjamin Dworkin




Dr. Dworkin and Governor Florio prepare for interview on Rowan's Glassboro Campus

A Midsummer’s Night of Politics and Prose

    with former New Jersey Governor James J. Florio

The Rowan Institute welcomed James J. Florio, the 49th governor of the State of New Jersey to speak in Business Hall on August 2, 2018. After President Ali Houshmand’s opening remarks, Prof. Ben Dworkin, Director of The Rowan Institute for Public Policy & Citizenship, interviewed Governor Florio about his career and his recently released memoir, Standing on Principle: Lessons Learned in Public Life (Rutgers University Press). Later, the Governor took questions from the audience.


Governor Jim Florio Governor Florio Meets with President Houshmand Audience member asks Governor Florio a question.

Florio signs a copy of his book


Students take selfie with Governor Florio Governor Florio meets students at Rowan President Houshmand introduces Governor Florio