Fall 2017 Campus Events

Elizabeth Kolbert Author Visit

Thursday, October 12, 2017

11:00am - 12:15pm 

Wilson Hall, Pfleeger Concert Hall 

Elizabeth Kolbert, the author of this year's common reader, The Sixth Extinction, is coming to campus to talk about her book! Join us to learn more about the sixth extinction and the effect humans are having on our planet and its species. 

In addition to authoring The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Her series on global warming, The Climate of Man, from which the book was adapted, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. She is also a recipient of a Heinz Award and Guggenheim Fellowship. Kolbert lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History will be available for purchase at the event. Elizabeth Kolbert will be available for book signings immediately following her talk. 

This event is open to the public.

Sea of Vulnerability 

Now through November 5, 2017

Rowan University Art Gallery, 301 High Street West - First Floor

"Sea of Vulnerability," an exhibition by international artist, biologist, and environmental education Brandon Ballengee, is now on view at Rowan University's Art Gallery in Glassboro, New Jersey. Ballengee is well-known as a science-art practitioner, merging his scientific and artistic work to better understand endangered and effected populations of amphibians, birds, fish , and insects. 

'"Sea of Vulnerability' [is a] series of trans-disciplinary installations, assemblages, and mixed media artworks inspired by his ecological field and laboratory research that offer dramatic visual representations of biological species that are in decline, threatened, or already lost to extinction." - Rowan University Art Gallery

Meditation Walk of Geologic Time

October 9 - 13, 2017 

Meditation Walk/Clock Tower

The Meditation Walk of Geologic Time installation will temporarily transform the meditiation walk into a spatial representation of geologic time. This timeline will inlude information about major extniction events on dignboards and in a pamphlet. It will help to engage campus with the themes that emerged from The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History and topics that Elizabeth Kolbert will speak about during her visit to campus.

Homecoming Week Fossil Find

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • 2:45pm - 5:00pm

Edelman Fossil Park

Be a part of the PROFhistoric experience first hand and spend the afternoon digging for real dinosaur fossils at our first ever Homecoming Dig at Rowan’s brand new Fossil Park! This event is free, however pre-registration is required here. Busses will leave the Student Center half circle at 2:45 p.m. Please dress appropriately with sneakers and clothing that you are comfortable wearing in the dirt. Sponsored by the Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities and the Jean and Ric Edelman Fossil Park.

Bike-In/Walk-In Movie - Racing Extinction

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Robinson Hall Green 

This event will explore environmental education in public campus spaces through a sustainable version of the much-loved American drive-in, which originated in Camden, NJ! The film, Racing Extinction, features art projections of endangred species in public spaces, and this outdoor projection in a pulic space will engage with the art-science and the environmental humanities approaches to environmental education. 

Live Q&A with Al Gore and a file screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • 6:15pm door open

  • 6:45pm Live stream with Al Gore

  • 7:15pm Film begins

Edelman Planetarium

The sequel to Al Gore's famously impactful 2006 climate change blockbuster is a timely generator of public discourse on pressing questions about American climate politics. The event is open to the public. The admission fee is $3 for students/seniors/children and $5 for adults/faculty/staff. Tickets are available for purchase at

Film Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and Panel Discussion

Monday, November 13, 2017

  • 6:00pm

Edelman Planetarium

A second film screening of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power followed by a pnael discussion comprised of Rowan faculty. Attendees will be able to engage in a post-film discussion about the science and communication of climate change. This event is free for students and faculty/staff.