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04/24/2009 Building Bridges - Bringing Together the New York City Education Community

Get to know New York City's education community at the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) annual networking event. We want all voices at the table, from teachers and principals, to policymakers and entrepreneurs! Please save the date to join us at the Rudin Family Forum in the Puck Building (Houston and Lafayette) on Friday, April 24th 6-8:30pm for an evening of networking, wine, beer and light appetizers. This is an opportunity to connect with educators from the private sector, non-profits and the government.

04/24/2009 20-20-20 Vision: Economic Solutions to the Climate Crisis

With Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund

Hosted by the Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA) student group

Climate change is a global problem that demands a global solution. The United States contributes 20 percent of current greenhouse gas emissions,  China contributes another 20, and global deforestation accounts for the last  20. All three are crucial elements in addressing the climate crisis, and  economics can help smooth the path toward forging responses to all three.
Gernot Wagner of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is an economist in the Climate and Air Program. He focuses on global greenhouse gas emission reduction pathways and works on developing and applying economically sound  climate policy in the U.S. and internationally.  He has a Ph.D. in Political  Economy and Government from Harvard University, 2007, an M.A. in Political  Economy and Government from Harvard University, 2006, an M.A. in Economics  from Stanford University, 2003 and an A.B. in Environmental Science and  Public Policy, and Economics from Harvard University, 2002.  Prior to EDF, Gernot worked for the Boston Consulting Group, focusing on the energy and  sustainable development practice areas. He also wrote for the editorial  board of the Financial Times in London as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy and the environment.

04/23/2009 Shifting Communities: Race, Immigration and Politics in American Suburbs

Shifting Communities: Race, Immigration and Politics in American Suburbs

The intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and geography uniquely meet in American suburbs. Fueled by rising immigration from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, suburban demographic transformations over the last two decades are unparalleled in the United States. Despite suburban demographic and institutional shifts, the socio-economic and political implications of recent immigrant and ethnic minority suburbanization remain severely understudied. In this discussion, UCLA Assistant Professor Lorrie Frasure will examine factors and influences advance or discourage the socio-economic and political incorporation of immigrants and ethnic minorities living in American suburban jurisdictions.  With opening remarks by Randy Capp, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

04/23/2009 Speaker's Tour with Domingo Tum Mejia from Guatemala: Collective Memory, Collective Resistance

Hosted by ALAS student group

Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala is sponsoring a Speakers Tour with Domingo Tum Mejia of the group Historical Memory, a grassroots organization that reconstructs collective memory as a tool to address current issues, such as mega-³development² projects and the militarization of public security.

Domingo Tum Mejía was born in a small village near Sacapulas, Quiché in the northwestern highlands of Guatemala. The Quiché area was particularly hard-hit by the civil war that ravaged Guatemala for 36 years; over half of the 629 wartime massacres committed by the Army took place in that one region.

Today, at the age of 35, he has reconstructed his memories as a child, as well as the history of his family, his community, his region, and his country. He is currently fighting nationally and internationally to achieve justice for the genocide that took the lives of his parents and wiped out entire Maya communities.

Domingo will speak about the importance of historical memory in informing our understanding of ongoing repression against marginalized peoples.

His organization, the Historical Memory group works to achieve justice for crimes committed during Guatemala's 36-year internal conflict, while emphasizing how the past influences current community struggles in the region. Through information-sharing and community organizing, group members reconstruct collective memory as a tool to address current issues, such as mega-projects and the militarization of security. They recognize that the same motives that fueled military offensives of the 1980s the push to control communities, their lands and resources are propelling the economic and political powers of today to impose mega-development projects on indigenous peoples' lands.

04/22/2009 Social Mobility in Latin America

Come join ALAS and LaLSA to discuss barriers to social mobility and initiatives to overcome them in Latin America. Guest panelists include (but are not limited to) Carlos Ornelas, Columbia University and Florencia Torche, NYU.

04/22/2009 Shaping the City: A Strategic Blueprint for New York's Future

The 2009 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum

Amanda M. Burden, FAICP
NYC Department of City Planning

Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm
Program: 6 - 7:30 pm

Space is extremely limited.

04/22/2009 A Unique Spin on Social Enterprise: The Laundromat Project - Community Development in the Local Coin-Op

Learn how Risë Wilson, founder of the Laundromat Project, transformed local coin-op laundromats into dynamic public art projects and self-sustaining revenue models.  This innovative social enterprise provides communities of color living on modest incomes with broad access to visual art as a tool of personal and social transformation.

Lunch will be served.

About Risë Wilson
Risë Wilson holds a BA in African-American Studies from Columbia, and an MA in Africana Studies from NYU. After conceiving the idea for The Laundromat Project in 1999, Risë tailored her career path to make her project a reality. She gained a practical education in management and arts aministration by working for institutions like ARAMARK, the Painted Bride, MoMA, and ICP. She also became a printmaker, working primarily in linoleum and silkscreen. Recognized as one of the "World's Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs", Risë is a 2004 Echoing Green fellow and prior recipient of fellowships from both CAA and NYU. She also periodically serves as a consultant to other non-profits, offering expertise in visual literacy, curriculum development, and strategic planning. She also teaches at the Parsons School of Design, helping product design students apply their talents to the public sphere.

04/20/2009 Spotlight on Abu Dhabi: Challenges and Opportunities in an Emerging Global City

Join the Urban Planning Student Association and Wagner Transportation Association for a discussion on hot topics in this growing desert metropolis. A panel representing diverse interests in Abu Dhabi will address issues surrounding culture, sustainability, and development infrastructure.

Moderated by: Dean Ellen Schall, NYU Wagner

With Panelists:
- Hilary Ballon - Vice Chancellor for Regional Campus Development, NYU Abu Dhabi; Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, NYU Wagner
- Mark Gordon - Director of Design, NYU Strategic Assessment, Planning and Design
- Jamie Greene - Principal, ACP Visioning + Planning
- John Livingston - President, Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC) and President and COO, Tishman Urban Development Corporation (TUDC)  
- Amer Moustafa - Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah School of Architecture and Design
- Jeffrey Raven - Director of Sustainable Planning + Urban Design, The Louis Berger Group, Inc.

04/20/2009 From Policy Innovation to On-The-Ground Impact:

How PlaNYC Initiatives Can Green New York City and Beyond

Hosted by the Wagner Environmental Policy and Action and the Urban Planning Student Association

Mayor Bloomberg announced PlaNYC on Earth Day in 2007 to provide a guide for New York City's future growth.  The plan addresses ambitious goals in the areas of land, water, transportation, energy, air, and climate change.  Ultimately, the plan aims to reduce New York City's greenhouse gas emissions by 30%.  As the implementation of the plan continues, can the framework be utilized in other cities? 

The event will feature representatives from the NYC Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. 

04/17/2009 African Renaissance: Arts as the Expression of Citizen Engagement and a Lever for Development

Hosted by NYU Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), in collaboration NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, and the Thoyer Colloquium on African Art.

Artistic expression in Africa and in the Diaspora is multifaceted. The art has been enhanced by the diversity of its mission-from engaging citizens in a discourse on the future of Africa to saving and transforming people’s lives. In literature many African writers such as Chinua Achebe repudiated stereotypes and images about Africa and Africans. This was an important motivation for many African film makers.  African musicians, visual artists, and designers are using their chosen medium as a vessel for African development. Like the rest of the world, Africa faces many social, economic, and political challenges. However, the acknowledgment of the role art has been, not only in rehabilitating and fighting stigma in the communities, but also in making them authors rather than subjects in development. Artistic expression has ushered an era of a greater citizen’s engagement where several partners have come together to reflect the new image of Africans as told by themselves. The greater citizen's engagement through art is painting a new image of Africans as co-partners in development. This event aims to facilitate a conversation between several actors within the artistic world to reflect ways in which art can be used to establish a new image of Africa and should be recognized as an effective tool in development. We aim to draw attention to the unique and rich culture that adds a strong supplementary path in achieving Africa’s myriad development needs. 

- Awam Amkpa PhD., Associate Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU Africana Studies Program
- Ross Bleckner, Artist and Clinical Professor of Studio Art, NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions
- Djibril Diallo, PhD. Lon., Senior Communications Advisor, UNAIDS New York Office.

Reception to follow, space is limited. RSVP required.

04/16/2009 Human Rights Violations Against the Uyghur People of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China (East Turkistan)

Sponsored by the International Public Service Association student group

Featuring Nury Turkel, former President of the Uyghur American Association and former Executive Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

04/16/2009 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation

Local Notions of Development and Indigenous Political Participation

Speaker: Carmen Medeiros, PhD, Assistant Professor, CLACS, New York University

04/15/2009 Social Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities in the Current Economic Climate

Presented by Bridge: Students for Social Entrepreneurship student group

This event focuses on the challenges that organizations involved in social entrepreneurship are facing in the current economic climate and explores ways to overcome them. Speakers from different sectors will come together to discuss how they are turning the current challenges into opportunities for growth.  A Q&A session and reception will follow the panel discussion. Bring your questions and ideas and join us for an engaging and open conversation!


- Adrienne Cademenos, Associate with Advisory Services, Business for Social Responsibility

- Gina Harman, President and CEO, ACCION USA

- Kevin Hager, Development (leading not for profit “IPO”), Do Something

- Meryl Schwartz, Portfolio Manager, Blue Ridge Foundation

Moderated by:

-David Schachter, Assistant Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration, NYU Wagner

04/15/2009 Council Member Melinda Katz

Council Member Melinda Katz

04/14/2009 Delivering on the Promise: Prospects for Immigration Reform in the New Administration

Delivering on the Promise: Prospects for Immigration Reform in the New Administration

Join NYU Legal Scholar and Professor, Cristina Rodriguez as she discusses the dimensions of
immigration law and policy that will be the most urgent for the Obama administration including
questions regarding pathways to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and enforcement and
policing policies passed under the Bush Administration. She will also explore strategies for
prioritizing issues, the importance of fostering dialogue and cooperation with Mexico to build a
truly bilateral immigration policy, and the role of Congress in shaping the legislative debate. 
With opening remarks by Laura Vasquez, Immigration Policy Analyst, National Council of La Raza

04/07/2009 The Economics of Identity: How Poverty is Gendered and Raced

Sponsored by NYU's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, NYU's Silver School of Social Work, NYU Wagner and the NYU Wagner Women’s Caucus student group

Our nation is experiencing an extreme economic downturn in the context of a changed political landscape in Washington. This panel presentation by leading scholars and activists addresses how gender and race must be taken into account in economic and social policies related to economic recovery and the persistent problem of poverty.

Introduction by Suzanne E. England, Ph.D., Dean, Silver School of Social Work, NYU

- Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor, Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY
- C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner
- Community Voices Heard Representative TBA

Moderated by Erica Gabrielle Foldy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, NYU Wagner


04/06/2009 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - Culture and Politics in Latin America

Culture and Politics in Latin America

Speaker: Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon

04/03/2009 Reception

Conference Reception

04/03/2009 Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon Workshop

A “Living Migration” workshop in which participants will break into smaller groups to focus on issues such as Labor Organizing, Rights & Inequality, Citizenship & Legality, and Transnational Connections. 

Workshop leaders include:

 ·        Ana Maria Archila, Executive Director, Latin American Integration Center (LAIC), and leading member of Make the Road New York

 ·        Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director & Co-Founder, New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA)

 ·        Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ Service Employees International Union

 ·        Victoria Hattam, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science, The New School

 ·        Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-U), and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY)

·        Fekkak Mamdouh, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-U), and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC_NY)

 ·        Maritsa Poros, Professor of Sociology, City College, CUNY

 ·        Javaid Tariq, Executive Director, New York Construction Workers United (NYCWU), and Co-Founder, New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA)

 ·        Haeyoung Yoon, Executive Director, Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence: Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV)

04/03/2009 Lunch and Keynote Address by Guillermo Linares, Commissioner, Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Lunch and Keynote Address by Guillermo Linares, Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

04/03/2009 Opening Remarks and Morning Panel

 Opening Remarks and Morning Panel

A “Living Migration” panel moderated by Natasha Iskander, NYU Wagner Assistant Professor of Public Policy, featuring the following panelists:

  • Janice Fine, Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University, and Senior Fellow for Organizing and Policy at the Center for Community Change (CCC)
  • Devesh Kapur, Professor for the Study of Contemporary India and Director for the Center of Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania
  • Michael Piore, Professor of Economics and Political Economy and Director of the MIT-Mexico Program for the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
04/02/2009 Pre-Conference Discussion Group

“Living Migration” Discussion Group

In preparation for the next day’s conference, please join IPSA and the Wagner community for an evening of lively discussion on important migration issues around which conference speakers and Wagner professors are working.  There will be a small group of readings that will be discussed during this event, and these readings will be sent out ahead of time to all those who RSVP.  Food and drinks will be served. 

04/02/2009 The Appeal of al Qaeda: Ideology and identity in the "War of Ideas"

The conflict with al-Qaeda is often described as a war of ideas, but what exactly does this mean?  Visiting Professor Michael Doran will analyze the global appeal of al-Qaeda's ideology, discuss what the United States is currently doing to counteract it, and present suggestions for a more effective strategy in the fight against terrorism.

Michael Doran is an expert on US foreign policy and the Middle East.  Prior to joining NYU, he served in the State Department, as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  In addition, he worked  as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Support to Public Diplomacy and as the Senior Director for the Middle East at the National Security Council.  Doran has taught at Princeton University and the University of Central Florida.  His publications include Pan-Arabism before Nasser, a book on the first Arab-Israeli war and "Somebody Else's Civil War” (Foreign Affairs 2002), an article analyzing 9/11 as a conflict between Muslims. 

04/01/2009 Palestinian Healthcare Under Siege:

How Effective Is International Aid In A Conflict Setting?

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Global Health Alliance Student Group

In the midst of a 61 year-old conflict, healthcare is often out of reach for many Palestinians. In the West Bank, Jewish-only roads, a Separation Wall, a complex system of permits, and over 700 checkpoints have greatly hindered access to healthcare.  In fact, many Palestinians have died at checkpoints while attempting to access medical services. Meanwhile, in Gaza, human rights organizations estimate that approximately 300 patients have died since 2007 because they were not allowed to leave for urgent medical care. In light of recent attack on Gaza and the continued blockade, physicians in Gaza have declared that the health system is on the brink of collapse.  In light of these facts and others, how can Palestinians recieve the medical attention they so badly need? What is the role of the donor community and how effective is international aid in this conflict setting?

Steve Sosbee, Founder and CEO of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund (PCRF), will be discussing the state of Palestinian healthcare and the work that PCRF is doing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in an attempt to provide the best possible healthcare to those who need it most.

04/01/2009 Healing the Trauma of Humanity’s Failure: A Way Forward for Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide

Fifteen years ago this April, the world witnessed one of the most devastating atrocities in history – a campaign of violence so ruthless that an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of three months. More than a decade later, survivors are haunted by memories and traumatized by the daily realities of living in a society where justice has not been served.

RCLA is gathering an interdisciplinary council of experts for a unique workshop with Mary Blewitt, founder of the nonprofit Survivors Fund, which assists and advocates for Rwandan genocide survivors. The event will be a chance for experts in trauma, genocide and psychological care to serve as a sounding board on new ways to reduce the emotional and mental toll the genocide continues to take on survivors’ lives.

About Mary Blewitt, Founder of the Survivors Fund
Since the genocide in 1994, Mary Blewitt has dedicated her life to helping the survivors through the Survivors Fund. In 2009, she has stepped down as director of SURF to serve as a visiting fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action. It is an opportunity to reflect on and document her experience and to find new answers to survivors’ needs.

RCLA Leadership Design Studio
RCLA serves as a strategic solutions partner for organizations grappling with tough leadership challenges, particularly at key moments when the way forward is uncharted. This event is part of a series through the RCLA Leadership Design Studio, which brings together dynamic and accomplished leaders from different disciplines to serve as a brain trust that provides trailblazers in public service with fresh thinking and expert advice. The membership of each group of advisors is tailored to the topic, and the process is grounded in an understanding that leadership at its best relies on the wisdom and contributions of people working together rather than in isolation.