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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Free Spring Cultural Event Series at NJIT Opens Feb. 22 with Klang Quartet

“Creative Diversity” will be the theme of this Spring’s 2012 NJIT Technology and Society Forum, http://tsf.njit.edu a series of free events open to the public and scheduled from Feb. 22, 2012-April 13, 2012 on the NJIT campus.   The presentations invite participation in diverse creative experiences.  This year’s presentations have been made possible by support from AT&T and Hewlett Packard.

The unique sound of the Klang String Quartet opens the series Feb. 22, 2012 in a performance in the Campus Center Atrium from 3-4:30 p.m.  “Klang” means “sound” in German, and bringing their distinctive blend of musical interests and influences to NJIT will be Matthew Goeke (cello), Gregor Kitzis (violin), Rieko Kawabata (violin), and Yi-Ping Yang (viola).

The individual members of this exciting ensemble have performed with early music groups such as the Arcadia Baroque Ensemble, the New England Bach Festival and the Grand Tour Orchestra, with major symphony orchestras, and with rock, jazz and pop icons ranging from David Bowie, Enya, David Byrne, Iggy Pop and Mixx 22 to Don Byron, Anthony Braxton and the George Gee Swing Orchestra. They have also recorded on various labels, and their TV appearances include Saturday Night Live and the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell and Jay Leno shows.

Members of the quartet have had careers as solo performers and with other ensembles for many years. After numerous appearances that include national and international chamber music and jazz festivals, they have united to greet audiences together with a resounding, appealing Klang! 

NJIT Professor David Rothenberg moderates a panel discussion about survival of the beautiful among scientists and artists on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, also in the Campus Atrium from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Two groups will face off in a panel talk on the aesthetics of evolution.

“The Story That’s Under Your Nose: Performance, Poetry and the Dialogue Arts Project” will be investigated on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom when Adam Falkner, executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project takes the podium.

The 2012 Lillian Gilbreth Colloquium Speaker Santosh Kurinec, a professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology Department of Microelectronic Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, will discuss using creativity to motivate engineering education on March 28, 2012 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.  The discussion caps the festivities on campus for Women’s History Month.

George Hart, chief of content at the Museum of Mathematics, will be on stage on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.