Arctic Journeys in the Era of Climate Change

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 07:00 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ

Arctic Journeys in the Era of Climate Change 


Join Iowa native David Thoreson on an evening of historic sailing voyages and a discussion of climate change.  Thoreson will speak about his travels and first hand observations of how climate change is impacting our Arctic 

An accomplished sailor whose maritime credits include a successful voyage below the Antarctic Circle, Thoreson first attempted to cross the Northwest Passage in 1994 on the 57-foot sailboat Cloud Nine. After icy conditions threatened to crush the sailboat’s hull, the crew was forced to retreat. Thirteen years later, Thoreson made another attempt (again on s/v Cloud Nine) and witnessed firsthand a changing Arctic climate reduced the pack ice dramatically, assisting in a successful navigation of the Northwest Passage.


Health Care: Next Steps Toward Improving Quality and Reducing Costs

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at 07:30 PM

 Health Care: Next Steps Toward Improving Quality and Reducing Costs


 What kind of "system" do we currently have and what would it take to create a more effective, efficient system that is cost effective and consumer and patient focused?  

 Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Medicine Service, Department of Medicine and Vice President for Government Relations and Chief Advocacy Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, will speak to the health system’s fragmentation, and recommend improvements which would contain costs and still ensure the best of patient care. 

 Ed Silverman, who pilots the Pharmalot blog and has tracked the pharmaceutical industry for several years, will discuss the industry’s research and development, marketing, pricing, regulation, litigation and legislation.    



Doug Forrester, President of Integrity Health, a healthcare services company, and founder of other companies that have provided risk and program management services, and a Republican candidate for Governor (2005), will discuss his view on the next improvements for health care reform as they are related to the insurance industry.


Free and Open to the Public  

Suggested Donation $10 

Donations are tax deductible

Fixing New Jersey

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, NJ

Fixing New Jersey

What Went Wrong and How We Can Move Forward

Gordon MacInnes joins NJPPN as part of its Distinguished Expert Lecture Series.  A formerNJ Senator, assistant commissioner of the NJ Department of Education, president of Citizens for Better Schools, MacInnes, President of NJ Policy Perspective is the author of In Plain Sight: Simple, Difficult Lessons from New Jersey's Expensive Effort to Close the Achievement Gap. MacInnes' esteemed career in NJ and bold ideas challenge our politician's beliefs that our severe economic dilemma is merely an accident of history 


In his informative and eye-opening presentation, MacInnes will discuss: 

  •  10 particular events that explain how NewJersey fell as an economic powerhouse and into the Abyss
  •  The role our politicians, institutions, and ourselves have in NJ's financial collapse 

Learn about the vast financial hurdles our state faces, and what we can do to forge ahead. Bring your questions! 

Reservations strongly suggested.

Nobel Prize Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, who spoke May 11, 2015 at North Jersey Public Policy Network.

The Great Divide: America's Growing Income Inequality from NJPPN on Vimeo.

Rootstrikers Professor Lawrence Lessig, a regular at NJPPN, TED Talk Remix by Jordan Harrison

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