Rutgers experts address religious significance that has faded from public consciousness.
Editor's note: The following article is courtesy of Rutgers Today. By Carrie Stetler Fifty years ago, Easter arrived with hoopla. There were parades and Easter bonnets. Little girls wore Easter dresses to church, complete with white gloves, and went home with an Easter lily, the flower pot wrapped in purple foil. While Americans still celebrate Easter as a rite of spring with colored eggs, baby chicks and bunnies -- all remnants of its pagan origins -- it isn’t the major holiday it used to be. But for centuries, Easter was more important than Christmas, according to Tia Kolbaba, an associate professor of Byzantine Studies in the Department of Religion in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers. It was the first documented Christian …
Rutgers University professor Rosanne Altshuler discusses what the sequester is, what it would do and what programs are affected.
Thursday, February 28
Editor's note: The following story is courtesy of Rutgers Today. Deep federal budget cuts – known as the sequester – are set to take effect on Friday unless Congress and the president can come to an agreement to stop them. President Obama has painted a dire picture of the economic consequences if the across the board cuts go through, while Republicans have resisted attempts at a compromise that would involve raising additional tax revenue. Professor Rosanne Altshuler, chair of the Economics Department at Rutgers, explains how the cuts came to be, what areas of the economy will be affected and what sequester means to higher education. Altshuler is former director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and served as Senior Economist to the…