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Kean to Host Issues 08 Speaker Series during Presidential Race

UNION – Kean University will host the fifth lecture in its Issues ’08 series on Tuesday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Dr. James W. Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University since 1995, will discuss New Jersey’s Changing Demographics & Economic Uncertainty. Issues ’08 examines key topics central to the presidential election and features experts in fields such as national security, the economy, United States-China relations and immigration, among others.

Dr. Hughes will address how New Jersey’s population has changed over the years and its impact on voting patterns and trends. A member of the Rutgers faculty since 1971, Dr. Hughes has also been the director of the Rutgers Regional Report since its inception in 1988. During its 20-year run, the report series has produced 33 major economic, demographic and housing studies on New Jersey and the New York region.

Dr. Hughes is the author of several books and articles, primarily on housing, demographics and economic development patterns. Dr. Hughes has testified before several legislative committees and provided numerous policy briefings both in Washington, D.C. and in Trenton on demographics, housing and the economy. He has also provided extensive budgetary and economic testimony before many New Jersey State Legislative committees.

Previous speakers in the series included John J. Farmer, Jr., former senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, who discussed Lessons of 9/11 on September 11; Jason Bram, an economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Microeconomic and Regional Studies Function, who addressed the state of the regional and national economy on September 23; Orville Schell, an internationally recognized expert on China and United States relations, who discussed How Should We Look at China? on October 2; and a panel discussion on Political Firsts in New Jersey moderated by Terry Golway, curator of the John Kean Center of American History, on October 6.

The series is free and open to the public. Individuals wishing to attend the lecture may contact Kean University's Office of Media & Publications at 908-737-0580. For more information, visit