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11/05/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Woody Tasch, Chairman, Investor's Circle
11/04/2009 High Stakes: Healthcare Reform and Communities of Color

People of color and low-income individuals are over-represented among those without health insurance. It is estimated that 19 percent of African-Americans and 30 percent of Latinos are without health insurance. Healthcare reform is issue number one for the Administration. And it should be a priority for communities of color as well. 

Join us for this provocative town hall meeting with leading experts and community leaders as we discuss the current proposals on the table and the impact they will have on communities of color, strategies for creating inclusive healthcare reform and how current proposals can begin to alleviate health disparities in low-income communities.


Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas -Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Cara James, Ph.d- Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Maya Wiley- Center for Social Inclusion

Miriam Yeung -The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

11/04/2009 U.S. Power in Jihadi Strategic Thought with William McCants, Program Manager, Minerva Initiative for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

U.S. Power in Jihadi Strategic Thought

William McCants, Program Manager, Minerva Initiative for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

 Dr. William McCants has spent more than a decade studying the Sunni Muslim revivalist movement known as Salafism, which gave birth to al-Qa`ida.  Dr. McCants' blog, www.jihadica.com, has been cited as an authority on Jihadism by The Economist, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. It was recently profiled on the front page of The New York Times and Jihadis have dubbed it the “most important and dangerous” of the sites that monitor their activities online.

11/03/2009 Rescue, Recovery, and Reining in the Deficit with Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

New York University
John Sexton, President
Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

cordially invite you to an address by
Peter R. Orszag
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Rescue, Recovery, and Reining in the Deficit

10/30/2009 The End of Poverty? U.S. Movie Premiere and Discussion

The International Public Service Association (IPSA) is proud to present the U.S. movie premiere of “The End of Poverty? Think Again!” by multi-awarded filmmaker Philippe Diaz. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Salo Coslovsky.

After 25 selections to international film festivals, including the Cannes Festival 2008, "The End of Poverty" is coming to American Theaters on November 13th. Aimed at exploring the root causes for the persistence of poverty, this documentary presents footage from the poorest areas around the world, punctuated by the comments of such personalities as Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, William Easterly, author/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint and Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera.

10/30/2009 The Rise of the Pasdaran: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iranian Politics and Implications for the U.S. Fred Wehrey, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND

The Rise of the Pasdaran:  The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iranian Politics and Implications for the U.S.

Fred Wehrey, Adjunct Senior Policy Analyst, RAND

Fred Wehrey’s research at RAND has focused on Saudi-Iranian relations, the domestic influence of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the impact of the Iraq war on the strategic landscape of the Middle East, and the effects of reform on political violence in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. In the summer of 2008, he served as a strategic advisor to Multi-National Force-Iraq in Baghdad focusing on post-surge challenges.


10/29/2009 Women and Girls at War: Wives, Mothers and Fighters

Women and Girls at War: Wives, Mothers and Fighters

Jeannie Annan, Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee; Visiting Scientist, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

10/28/2009 Arts in International Development: Harnessing the power of the creative disciplines to effect social, economic, and political change

Presented by the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture and the International Public Service Association

Join us for a panel discussion exploring innovative ways the arts are used to address social and humanitarian issues in international development.  We'll hear from experts and practitioners in the field whose work brings them to poverty stricken areas in the developing world, refugee camps, areas of conflict and post-war environments, and politically charged public spaces.  Come to learn how they use the arts to effect lasting and powerful change in underpriviledged communities around the globe.

Panelists Include:

Ami Boghani
Program Coordinator, Maisha Film Lab
The Lab provides professional training and production resources to emerging film makers in East Africa in order to preserve, cultivate and unleash local voices from these regions.

Mauricio Salgado
Chief Project Officer, Artists Striving to End Poverty
An organization that connects artists with global youths and uses the arts to create change for young people in need

Joanna Sherman
Artistic Director, Bond Street Theatre
A company that uses the performing arts as humanitarian outreach and a tool for education and healing

Moderated by
Deborah Kapchan
Professor of Performance Studies, NYU, and currently teaching a class on Arts and Human Rights

10/28/2009 Funding Mass Transit: A Conversation with Honorable Richard Ravitch, Lt. Governor of New York State and NYU Professor Charles Brecher

Funding Mass Transit: A Conversation with Honorable Richard Ravitch, Lt. Governor of New York State and NYU Professor Charles Brecher


It was just last April that Richard Ravitch, after a storied career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in New York, was asked by Governor David Paterson to develop a new financing plan for the MTA.   He deftly crafted a package that would provide long-term financing for mass transit in the New York region for generations to come, much as he had done years ago when he led the agency out of decades of decay into a period stability and even growth, the fruits of which we still see today.   While the Ravitch package was not fully adopted by the State Legislature, his leadership led the Governor to ask him to serve New York yet again, this time as Lieutenant Governor of the State.   The Rudin Center is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch will join us for a discussion of transportation funding, the future of mass transit, and the context of the State budget.   Professor Charles Brecher will lead a conversation with this extraordinary leader of a state during one of the most challenging in his history.  

10/27/2009 Best Practices for Major Gifts and Planned Giving - THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Looking to start your own major gifts or planned giving program?  Already have a gift program up and running, but want some tips to make it better?  Or do you just want to learn more about major gifts and planned giving programs?   If so, join the NYUWagner Alumni in Fundraising and Development group and the Non-Profit Network iin a discussion with major gift and planned giving experts from large and small organizations for their inside view on creating a major gift and planned giving program that is best for your organization.   After the discussion join your fellow Wagner development alumni for a reception.

Panelists include:

John M. Bacon, J.D., Director of Planned Giving at The New York Public Library
Christine Pecorella, Director of Major Gifts at Autism Speaks
Erin Dodd, Director of Major Gifts at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


10/26/2009 The Solutions and the Politics: Part 2

Health Care Reform, Solution, Politics and Media

In the second part of the series, Professor Paul Light will join Professor Billings and Trudy Lieberman in a discussion of the proposed solutions, and how politics and the media have shaped national debate. 

10/23/2009 Global Health Aging: <br> Are we Prepared for the Epidemic of the Aging Baby Boomers?
Join us for a dialogue across different sectors with health policy analysts, information technology innovators, public health leaders, and care delivery experts discussing how the major healthcare players are preparing for the baby boomer generation at home and across the globe. 



Jessica Frank Lopez, America Association of Retired Persons (AARP) America Association of Retired Persons, Director for the Office of International Affairs, Chairperson of the United Nations NGO Committee on Aging.

Care Delivery
Ellen Parish, VP of Quality, Isabella Geriatric Center

Information Technology
Laurie M. Orlov, A tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, Aging in Place Technology

Non Government Associations
(UGADA) Universal Gerontology and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness –Representatives from California. An organization dedicated to the concerns of the growing elderly population.

Academic and Aging Theory
Dr. Victor Rodwin, New York University Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the World Cities Project, a joint venture of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Q and A, and reception to follow.

10/22/2009 Exposing the Green Revolution: Myths, Realities, and Community Responses

Exposing the Green Revolution: Myths, Realities, and Community Responses

Presented by the NYU Wagner Health Program, WHY (World Hunger Year), Food & Water Watch, US Working Group on the Food Crisis and NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association (IPSA) Student Group

Despite the promises of the Green Revolution begun in the 1960s, the number of hungry people in the world has increased to over 1 billion today. Yet in the midst of the current worsening food crisis, the solutions proposed are startlingly similar to those of the past.

Join Josphat Ngonyo of the Kenyan Biodiversity Network, Bronx community gardener and food justice leader Karen Washington, and Brother David Andrews, recent Senior Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly, to discuss what went wrong with the Green Revolution and to learn about vibrant community-based solutions to hunger from Kenya to New York.

Josphat Ngonyo

A social science and communications graduate with a postgraduate in NGO management, Josphat is founding Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare.  He also founded Youth for Conservation after over 4 years of experience in conservation education with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Josphat plays a leading role in the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and their efforts to protect Kenyan farmers from the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Karen Washington
Karen Washington is a lifelong New York City resident, and has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live.

10/22/2009 Preventing Mass Killing: Moving Educational Theory to Policy Practice

Preventing Mass Killing: Moving Educational Theory to Policy Practice

Tucker Harding, Educational Technologist, Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), and Mark Whitlock, program coordinator, Columbia Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR)

10/21/2009 Beyond al Qaida: National Security in an Age of Globalization, Terror, and the Internet featuring Juan Zarate

The Middle East and United States Strategy Series

Beyond al Qaida: National Security in an Age of Globalization, Terror, and the Internet

Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Senior National Security Analyst, CBS News

Juan Zarate served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy. Mr. Zarate was the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and also served as a terrorism prosecutor during the Clinton Administration.  Mr. Zarate is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a published author.

10/20/2009 Watering Egypt: Political Challenges of Water Management in an Arid Land

Watering Egypt: Political Challenges of Water Management in an Arid Land

Jessica Barnes, Ph.D. candidate, Sustainable Development, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Jessica Barnes will explore the case of water management in Egypt, taking three examples to examine the politics surrounding management of this critical resource. Barnes will examine the diversion of Nile water to reclaim desert lands, a process which has significant equity implications for which farmers get water and which farmers do not, and  the donor-driven establishment of water user associations, which raises questions about what it actually means for water users to participate in management of the resource agricultural drainage. Finally, the talk will illuminate agricultural drainage, the largely hidden subsurface flow but one of huge significance in the maintenance of land quality and prevention of salinization.

These examples will illustrate how successful water management requires an approach that incorporates actors and processes operating on multiple spatial and temporal scales.

10/20/2009 Strategic Issues Facing the Ports of New York and Dubai

Strategic Issues Facing the Ports of New York and Dubai: New York

Professor Asaf Ashar, Director, National Ports and Waterways Institute, University of New Orleans

10/19/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO of Honest Tea
10/16/2009 Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration

Presented by Wagner International Students Society (WISS) in association with Wagner Student Alliance For Africa (WSAFA)

The Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration at NYU Wagner will join the millions of people around the world that mobilize each year to demand the end of poverty. Last year, a record breaking 116 million people stood up and took action to end poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  Through this movement, the UN has set and broken the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization around a single cause in recorded history.

Wagner students and faculty will Stand Up and join the 2009 record-breaking numbers in support of the United Nations and the end of poverty. Photos and interviews will be taken to document the occasion, and they will be sent to the UN for displaying alongside other campaigns around the world.

Make NYU Wagner count! Join the growing movement and Stand with us!



10/16/2009 Setting the Agenda: the Impact of Women in Public Service

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus Student Organization

Co-Sponsored by: The Women of Color Policy Network, The International Public Service Association, The Urban Planning Student Association, and the Global Health Alliance

This year’s signature fall event will facilitate a conversation about the importance of recognizing gender differences in the field of public service and the unique perspectives and experiences women leaders bring to the field of non-profit and government work. The event will take place at NYU Wagner’s Puck Building on Friday, October 16th, 2009, and will begin with a keynote address from Marie Wilson, Founder and President of The White House Project. Ms. Wilson will discuss the importance of encouraging women to take on leadership positions in the public sector. A coffee and networking break will follow the keynote address.

There will then be a panel discussion moderated by Nicole Mason, Executive Director of NYU Wagner’s Women of Color Policy Network. The panel will feature Khushbu Srivastava, Program Officer, Asia, for the International Women’s Health Coalition, Cheryl Huber, Research and Planning Director of New Yorkers for Parks and Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Coordinator for the National Council for Research on Women. Each panelist will address the importance of focusing on women in particular when discussing issues relevant to their particular field, as well as the unique perspective women bring to that field. After the panel, the WWC will host a small reception.

Event Schedule:

1:00-2:15      Keynote Address

2:15-2:45      Break

2:45-4:15      Panel

4:15-5           Cocktail Reception

10/15/2009 A Look at Education and Economic Development: Conversations with NYC Mayoral Candidates

Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance Student Group

In line with the Wagner Policy Alliance’s 2009 –2010 theme, “Poverty in the United States: A Plurality of Perspectives”, the WPA will provide the 2009 NYC Mayoral candidates with an opportunity to express their views and proposed policies concerning the poor.

The purpose of this mayoral candidate panel is to create a forum for discussion regarding city policies that directly impact the lives of poor New Yorkers.  Too often, election agendas are remiss of any mention about communities living in poverty. 

The two broad issues covered by the dialogue are education and economic development (e.g. - asset building, wealth creation, and financial empowerment).  Questions about these two issues will be taken from the Wagner community a week before the event, which will be then presented by the faculty moderator to the candidates.  The goal is not to engage in debates, but rather to foster a discussion among the candidates. Therefore, the candidates will be encouraged respond to one another in a civil manner.

Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian Party
Rev. Billy Talen, Green Party
Ms. Frances Villar, Socialist Libertarian Party

New addition:

Jimmy McMillan, Rent is Too Damn High Party

Bill Thompson, Democratic Party
Michael Bloomberg, Independent Party

10/15/2009 Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counsellor for the World Bank Group

10/13/2009 Students at Risk: Nutrition, Obesity and the Public School System

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group

Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns facing our nation, and it is plaguing the younger generation at a threatening rate. Are schools enabling this trend? How can nutrition policy be better integrated with education policy? What role can we play as community activists, parents, policymakers, urban planners and taxpayers in helping to curb this epidemic?

Please help us answer some of these questions. Join us for a night of lively discussion with a panel of experts who have committed their lives to children's nutrition and the fight against childhood obesity.

Nancy Huehnergarth, Director, New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPA)

Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Yale's Rudd Center

Dr. Susan Rubin, Founder, Better School Food and "Two Angry Moms"

Chef Collazo, Head Chef of the Department of Education in New York City

Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

10/09/2009 Screening of the Documentary La Americana with Director Nick Bruckman

CineALAS: Where Film Meets Public Service

Presented by The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students Student Group

In association with the Latino Law Students Association, the Women of Color Policy Network, the Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Wagner Women’s Caucus, and the Wagner International Student Society

La Americana is an intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter.  Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis and policy implications in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. 

After the screening, Director Nick Bruckman will be present to host a Q&A about the film.

10/08/2009 Leveraging Resources to Promote Justice in Urban Environments

Co-sponsored by the Students for Criminal Justice Reform Wagner student group and the Black Allied Law Students Association

Join us for a conversation on justice in urban environments with
Cory Booker
Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey


Ellen Schall
Dean, NYU Wagner, and
former Commissioner of New York City Department of Juvenile Justice

Conversation from 6:30 -7:30; reception to follow.