Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us

The anniversary theme for our school, "Exploring the Anthropocene: the Age of Us," is forward looking and ultimately, a call to action. The Anthropocene may be a new term to you and it refers to this age in which we live. We live in a world strongly influenced by mankind's activities and we have planned a series of events that will highlight many of the topics and themes found in the work we do every day. I encourage you to explore this website to learn more about our exciting events.

As a school, we've invited more than a dozen celebrated speakers and authors to campus for a series of anniversary events that will continue through November 2016. These include Andrew Revkin, New York Times blogger; and two non-fiction Pulitzer Prize winners, Dan Fagin, author of Tom's River: A Story of Salvation, and Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction. We'll also supplement these events with "Voice from the Anthropocene," which will include short interviews and podcasts.

We're faced with unequivocal evidence of the human impact on our world, prompting questions like, What is our collective role in sustaining our planet? How do we live in the era of "us"? How do we ensure our persistence as a species in another 50, 100, or 250 years? Will Rutgers see its 500th anniversary? The pursuit of these answers, I believe, should underpin our research, teaching, and extension, and define our responsibility as a premier public university.

I hope you'll join us as we explore the Anthropocene in our 250th year. I urge you to think about what you can do to ensure that our future is bright. I'm confident that school and NJAES faculty, students, alumni, and staff will strive to be "revolutionary" for the next 250 years.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#SEBSanthropocene); contact us at SEBS250@rutgers.edu; and sign up to join us for an event.

— Executive Dean Robert M. Goodman