Stockton Sponsoring "Engage Atlantic City" Series

Galloway, NJ – As Stockton prepares to open its Atlantic City campus in the fall, the University is hosting a series of four events to introduce and familiarize faculty, staff and students with the city.

The “Engage Atlantic City,” series is being coordinated by Stockton’s Political Engagement Project and is open to the public.  

“The Atlantic City Experience: The Past as Prologue” will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Campus Center Meeting Room 5. The event will feature a presentation on the city’s history by Heather Perez, special collections librarian and university archivist.

“Politics and Activism in a Diverse Community: A Panel on Race, Ethnicity, Politics and Policy in Atlantic City” will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the Alton Auditorium. The event will feature a panel with Christina Jackson, assistant professor of sociology;  Michael Rodriguez, associate professor of political science; and student Alejandra Londono, a senior majoring in sociology, anthropology and Spanish language and culture studies.

“ ‘Voices from Atlantic City’: Revitalizing Community in a Changing Economy” will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9 in the Campus Center Theater. The event will feature a screening of the documentary “Voices from Atlantic City”  followed by a panel discussion with Deborah M. Figart, distinguished professor of economics; Ellen Mutari professor of economics; Merydawilda Colon, executive director for the Stockton Center for Community Engagement; and Evan Sanchez co-founder, Authentic City Partners and ThisIsAC.

“Deliberative Dialogue on Public Health in Atlantic City” will take place in two sessions from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 12:30–2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Campus Center Event Room. The event will feature interactive sessions where students will engage in guided discussion and deliberation about different policy ideas for improving public health outcomes in Atlantic City.

“This series brings together experts from our campus and the Atlantic City community to discuss important issues facing the city,” said Claire Abernathy, assistant professor of political science and faculty co-chair of the Political Engagement Project with Jennifer Forestal, assistant professor of political science.

“The goal of the series is to deepen our understanding of and engagement with this rich and complex city in preparation for the opening of Stockton’s Atlantic City campus,” Forestal said.

For more information on Stockton University’s American DemocracyProject/Political Engagement Project, visit

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Diane D’Amico
Director of News and Media Relations
Galloway, N.J. 08205