Special Events


"Our times demand a new definition of leadership -- global leadership. They demand a new constellation of internatinal cooperation -- governments, civil society and the private sector, working together for a global public good." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Coming March 15

Gordon Lafer 

Unions Under Fire
Understanding the National Assault on Public Employees and How It Hurts Ordinary Americans



David and Lorraine Cheng Library Auditorium

Gordon Lafer is a political economist at the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center who has written widely on labor law, collective bargaining, union organizing, job creation policy, employment training, and labor standards in international trade treaties. Dr. Lafer recently served as Senior Labor Policy Advisor to the House Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives (2009-2011).

Lafer has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, the National Labor Relations Board, and numerous state legislatures. He served as economic policy analyst for the Office of the Mayor in New York City and is the author of The Job Training Charade (Cornell University Press, 2002). Lafer is a founding co-chair of the American Political Science Association’s Labor Project and currently serves as Research Associate with the Washington D.C. think-tank, Economic Policy Institute.

Faculty are encouraged to BRING CLASSES!

Light Lunch Reception and Q & A, 12:30 Library Friends Room

Additional Session with Dr. Lafer: Graduate Students Q&A: 6:30 –7:30pm, Raubinger 403, RSVP only gradpolsci@wpunj.edu

For More Information Contact: gradpolsci@wpunj.edu

Sponsored by The Forum For Creative Policy Perspectives, The American Federation of Teachers - Local 1796, The American Democracy Project, and the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, and History

See Flyer



Revolution? or Rebellion? Understanding the 2011 Arab Uprisings

Arab Spring

A conference with Eric Davis, Dahlia Fahmy, John Livingston, Stephen Shalom, Mustapha Tlili, Omer Turan, Ian Williams

April 20, 2011


Philip S. Golub, Universite Paris 8


Emerging Countries and the reconfiguration of the world political economy

November 18, 2010. See Flyer.


Stan Karp, Education Law Center

Public Education Under Pressure


November 10, 2010. See flyer.


Richard D. WolffWOLFF

Economic Crisis: Community Impact & Response

October 27, 2010


The Forum on Creative Policy Perspectives
Sustainable Local Communities
A Two-Part Series

Building Political and Community Support for a Long-Term Sustainability Program
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 6:00-8:30 PM

Green Jobs: Key to an Economically Viable Future
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 6:00-8:30 PM

University Commons, Room 168A-B, William Paterson University




Copenhagen graphic

Beyond Copenhagen: The Global Environmental Crisis - Challenges & Possibilities
Thursday, April 15, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
University Commons, Ballroom A