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02/05/2009 State of the City 2009

Sponsored by the NYU Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) and Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

New York City saw unprecedented events in 2008, and the effects of those events will be felt for years. Will New York City face another fiscal crisis, 1970s-style? Will the City be forced to cut services or increase taxes, or both? What will happen to tourism? To crime? To education? To the long term vision for New York that Mayor Bloomberg outlined in PlaNYC?

Please join the Wagner community and expert panelists on New York City government for a discussion on the long and short term impacts, as outlined in the State of the City address and FY2009 budget, of Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda for New York City in 2009. This is an event not to be missed - the Mayor’s 2009 plan will greatly impact every sector and citizen in New York City.

Panelists include:
- Larian Angelou, Deputy Director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget
- Charles Brecher, NYU Wagner Professor of Public and Health Administration; Research Director for the Citizens Budget Commission

- Frankie Edozien, NYU Carter Institute Professor of Journalism; Former City Hall Reporter for the New York Post
- Preston Niblack, Director of Finance, New York City Council

- Doug Turetsky, Communications Director for New York City's Independent Budget Office

Moderated by Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner

02/05/2009 Where Has the Russian "Mafiya" Gone? And Should We Care?

Where has the Russian 'Mafiya' Gone? And Should We Care? with Mark Galeotti, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

02/04/2009 Women and Leadership: How to Differentiate Yourself Early in Your Healthcare Career

Sponsored by NYU Wagner Women's Caucus and ACHE/HLNY

There has been much attention paid to the role of women as leaders and administrators in the healthcare workforce in recent media publications.  For perhaps the first time, many young women are entering the healthcare field with advanced-level degrees in business administration, public health, public policy, etc.  This is in contrast with the first generation of women healthcare leaders who, in general, started their careers as providers, most notably as nurses, before transferring their skills to more administrative roles.  This panel discussion will speak directly to female students who are interested in hearing stories from the front lines of healthcare from the perspective of other healthcare careerists. 



Mara Bloom (Wagner alumna), New York-Presbyterian Health System
Shawna Koch, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, LLP
Beth St. James (Wagner alumna), Mount Sinai
Adam Weinstein, New York Hospital Queens
Betty Wilber, Mount Sinai

Moderated by Angela Salerni, Mount Sinai 

02/03/2009 The Great Experiment: Quest for a Global Nation

On Feb. 3, NYU Wagner will welcome Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and seasoned veteran of US international affairs, including a superb stint as Deputy Secretary of State.

Talbott's wide-ranging discussion of global affairs will be based on his highly regarded 2008 book "The Great Experiment: Quest for a Global Nation." Join us for a riveting exchange on topics from global warming to the Middle East conflict to the changing US role in the world.

01/29/2009 The Impact of Climate Change on International Peace & Security: A View from the Small Island States
The Impact of Climate Change on International Peace & Security with Stuart Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (Palau) and Islands First Board Member
01/28/2009 From Prison to Empowerment: Women Advocates Take on the Criminal Justice System

Sponsored by: NYU Students for Criminal Justice Reform, Women of Color Policy Network, Women's Prison Association, NYU Wagner Women's Caucus, WORTH, and the Correctional Association's Women in Prison Project.

Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population yet their voices are often marginalized in criminal justice reform debates. This panel will highlight how formerly incarcerated women are advocating to influence and guide public policies that directly affect their lives. Food and refreshments will be served.

01/26/2009 Reynolds Speaker Series: Chuck D. - Founder, Public Enemy, Arts Activist & Musician

The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 Speaker Series "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" (PDF). This year's series features a remarkable selection of social entrepreneurs who have launched extraordinary programs addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Reflecting the NYU Reynolds belief that social entrepreneurship is a meta-profession drawing on cross-disciplinary knowledge and practice, the series presents prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors who will share their insights as cutting-edge, far reaching change makers.

01/23/2009 Part I: Health Insurance in the Developing World

Part I: Health Insurance in the Developing World

With Mr. Alexander S. Preker, Head of Health Investment Policy in the Investment Climate and Investment Generation branch of the Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS) within the World Bank Group

Health insurance in the developing world has taken on many forms in recent years, some of which have been modelled after best practices from developed countries and tailored to local needs.  Alexander Preker will discuss some of the approaches embraced by recent World Bank projects around the world, and will discuss the benefits and challenges of utilizing various forms of health insurance in developing nations.

01/23/2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Race, and Post-Election America: The Fulfillment of the Dream?

As New York University celebrates its 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week with the theme of "Connect, Collaborate and Change", the Black Student Alliance of the New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service would like to invite you to a candid discussion about the progress President elect Obama has made, the promise he represents and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Have we fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?  Students will lead discussion with our select speakers as we collectively examine specific questions like:

- What does Dr. King’s Dream Speech mean to us today? What does his vision translate to in 2009? How can we hold ourselves accountable to fulfilling it?
- Has the election of President elect of Obama fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?
- If not, where do we, "as community", need to go from here? What would Dr. King want for communities of color and the nation to do in effort to help support the agenda of the President elect?
- How has President-elect Obama used Dr. King’s vision of hope (vs. fear) during the presidential election? How can we utilize the power of hope in our own professions as change makers?
- How has this election impacted you? What are the implications professionally and personally? What does this election represent for us as a society?

- Rogan Kersh, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner
- David Levering Lewis, American historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
- Charlton McIlwain, Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development
- Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner
- Katherine M. O'Regan, Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Public, NYU Wagner

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and wine as we celebrate the history of Dr. King, President-elect Obama, and make plans for the future!

01/21/2009 EVENT CLOSED: New York's Creative Industries: Fashion in Today's Economy


On January 21st, SNEAC is partnering with Kiehl's Since 1851 to bring you a conversation on fashion as a creative industry. Amidst the fear of a weakening Wall Street in New York City, policymakers must depend on the strength of its creative sector as a key asset in sustaining the city's economy. Currently fashion as a creative industry provides anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 jobs here, from designers to manufacturers to importers/exporters. In our current economic climate, what impact, if any, will Fifth Avenue have on Main Street? 

This timely discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Currid, author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City, and Assistant Professor of cultural economics at the University of Southern California. 

A reception will follow the panel.

Panelists include:

Robin Sackin
Dean, FIT's School of Business & Technology
Chair, FIT's Fashion Merchandising Management Department
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon
Founders, Opening Ceremony
Patrick Murphy
Head of Fashion and Retail, NYC Economic Development Corporation


01/21/2009 THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. From Innovation to Impact Conference
01/18/2009 The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Salman Rushdie
01/12/2009 Representative Anthony D. Weiner

Representative Anthony D. Weiner

12/16/2008 The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on Women and Families in New York City

The New York Women's Foundation® in partnership with New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, invites you to a community forum on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on women in New York City. Our panel of experts will lead us through an in–depth discussion of the causes of the current crisis and will explore possible solutions to address this critical issue. Space is limited.

12/11/2008 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society

Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society Experiences
Speaker: Jonathan Fox, PhD, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

12/11/2008 Greening the Empire State: Powering the Future - Nuclear Power
12/09/2008 Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs - Citizens Union Breakfast Brief with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

With Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

12/08/2008 The White House Fellows Program Information Session

Hosted by The Research Center for Leadership in Action & The NYU Wagner Office of Career Services


Featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu – Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of NYU and Immediate Past President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.


The White House Fellows Program, founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, offering exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.  White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in a once-in-a-lifetime education program consisting of off-the-record, roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and take trips to study leaders and policy in action both domestically and internationally.


For more information about the program, to view an informational film, and to download an application, please visit the program website, or call the program office at (202) 395-4522.  Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2008 for the 2008-2009 Class.

12/05/2008 Urban Transportation in Global Megacities<br>Highlights from Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul

Hosted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management  and the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2


A number of global megacities face regional transportation challenges similar to those of the New York region. These challenges are, in part, defined or exacerbated by the size of the region, the density of the urban core, regional land use patterns, the age of transportation infrastructure, the current rate of population growth and demand for transit, as well as geographical constraints, jurisdictional complexity and layers of government, unionized workforces, and highly participatory civil societies. To facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, experiences, and best practices – from techniques for improved decision-making and operations and the management of complex transportation systems to the adoption of new technologies – the NYU Wagner Rudin Center has launched the “Urban Transportation Benchmarking Partnership.” The purpose of the Partnership is to develop and promote a sustained relationship between the New York region’s transportation agencies and academics and their counterparts in lstanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul. This initial event will feature representatives from the transportation sectors of these megacities sharing with us recent innovations, plans and lessons learned in three key areas.


Seyma Ulucay and Esma Dilek, Engineers from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Traffic Control Center, will describe their office's customization of various Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for the purpose of revolutionizing traffic management in Istanbul.


Adriana de Almeida Lobo, Director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation in Mexico City, will discuss the role of microbuses and Bus Rapid Transit in meeting increasing demand in the face of capacity constraints, and will talk about the work of the Center to promote sustainable transportation.


Hyungun Sung, Associate Research Fellow, Department of Intermodal & Sustainable Transport Research, Korea Transport Institute, and Sang-Joo Lee, Senior Deputy Director of Urban Transportation Team, Office for Land Transportation & Vehicles, Korean Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs, will discuss meeting the emerging challenges of transport in the Seoul Metropolitan area through land use policy and rail and Bus Rapid Transit.


Please R.S.V.P. by December 4th, 2008.

12/04/2008 WAA Holiday Fundraiser: "HAIR - Let the Sunshine In"


12/03/2008 Global AIDS in Our Global Community: HIV/AIDS Organizations in NYC

Hosted by the NYU Wagner Global Health Alliance and co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS), and Wagner Students Alliance for Africa (WSAFA)

In recognition of Global AIDS Day, we welcome you to attend a panel discussion featuring the incredible work of various organizations in New York City providing HIV/AIDS programs and services for immigrant communities.  Panelists will speak about the populations their clients represent, the programs they offer and the challenges they face in regards to culture, language, and access to services in relation to other issues related to the diversity of their client population. Join us and recognize Global AIDS right here at home by celebrating the missions of these remarkable organizations. Refreshments provided.



- Amanda Lugg, Community Advocate & Program Coordinator, African Services Committee
-  Javier Ramirez-Baron, New York Immigrant AIDS Link Program, Aid for AIDS International
- Nathaly Rubio-Torio, LMSW, Executive Director and Co-founder, Voces Latinas
- Larry Tantay, Community Health Education Coordinator, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)

Moderated by Sally Guttmacher, Professor of Health Studies, Steinhardt School of Public Health

12/03/2008 Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: New Directions for Advocates and Scholars

Presented by The Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner and Law Students for Human Rights


On October 22, 2008, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its second hearing in the case of Jessica Gonzales v. United States.  In 2000, Ms. Gonzales (now Jessica Lenahan) filed a § 1983 lawsuit against the Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department and individual officers after they ignored her repeated calls for assistance with locating her children and enforcing her restraining order against her estranged husband Simon Gonzales, who had kidnapped them. Tragically, 10 hours after her first call to the police, her husband died in a shootout with the police, and her daughters were found dead in the back of his truck, positioned directly behind him. To this day, it is not known whether they were killed by Simon Gonzales earlier that evening or in the hailstorm of police bullets. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Ms. Lenahan’s case, finding that she had no constitutional due process right to enforcement of her restraining order.  Having exhausted all of her domestic remedies, Ms. Lenahan filed a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an international human rights tribunal that is part of the organization of American States (OAS) and is responsible for the promotion of human rights in the Americas (North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean).


Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, has coordinated meetings of U.S.-based domestic violence advocates who work at the national, state, and local levels to discuss how the Gonzales case, and human rights strategies more generally, can be used in domestic violence advocacy.  Her work includes consideration of strategies at the legislative, litigation, public education, law enforcement training, and other levels.


Food will be served and you will need a photo ID to enter the building.

11/21/2008 International Week 2008 - Food Fest: International Potluck and Party!

Food Fest: International Potluck and Party!

Please join IPSA and other student organizations for "Food Fest," an international potluck and party.  Featuring food from many countries, cultures, and traditions, the Food Fest also includes international music and art, as well as wine, beer and other refreshments.

Everyone is welcome to attend – just remember to make/bring a dish of your choice.  Everyone who brings a dish is eligible to win a prize given out during the party!

Food Fest Co-sponsors: Wagner International Student Society (WISS), Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS), Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR), Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA), Wagner Review, Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA), Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), Wagner Volunteer Corps (WVC)

11/21/2008 National Arts Policy Roundtable

Presented by SNEAC - Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture

With featured guests:

  • Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café
  • Agnes Gund, President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art and Chairman of its International Council; Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of the City of New York; Member, Obama Arts Policy Committee
  • Diane Ragsdale, Associate Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Jonathan Sheffer, Ex-Officio Board Member, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

President-elect Obama has formed an Arts Policy Committee, and our roundtable discussion will explore whether his cultural platform is moving national policy in the right direction for the arts.  More broadly, we will question the role of the federal government in the arts, and whether its policy of no-policy is better than a formal cultural administration.  With the insight of our featured guests, we will collect policy recommendations to inform the cultural platform of the next administration. 

Light breakfast available at 8:15. 

Please arrive early to check-in before the event begins.

11/20/2008 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

With Patricio Navia, PhD, Master Teacher, General Studies Program, NYU