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11/07/2012 Short Talks, Big Ideas: Innovations in Transportation

Short Talks, Big Ideas: Innovations in Transportation
Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

Due to Hurricane Sandy, we are rescheduling this event for a later date in November or December. As soon as we have rescheduled the event we will notify you of the new date. We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a great discussion (with fresh insight!) about the future of mobility.

What's new in transportation? Join the NYU Rudin Center for a fun, high-energy series of short talks about how we're using, improving and thinking about the future of transportation. Several speakers will make short presentations about new projects and concepts, followed by networking and refreshments. Confirmed speakers include:

- Jesse Friedman, Google : The stigma of bus ridership
- Guillaume Charny-Brunet, FaberNovel: 1.6 billion rides
- Matt Healy, Foursquare: Moving around NYC
- Susi Wunsch, Velojoy: Women and bicycling
- Raz Schwartz, Rutgers: Social media and neighborhood connectivity
- Jamyn Edis and Brian Langel, Dash: App demo
- Projjal Dutta, MTA: Taking the Car out of Carbon
- David Mahfouda, Weeels: Transportation is Media
- Aaron Sugiura, NYC DOT, Select Bus Service

This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center

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11/02/2012 Wagner Leadership Academy: Session 2

Wagner Leadership Academy: Session 2

WLA is offered through a partnership between RCLA, the Wagner Dean’s Office, Student Affairs, and the Wagner Student Association, to broaden student leaders’ understanding of leadership and enhance leadership capacity by providing: space for reflection about leadership in their roles; opportunities to learn from peers on effective approaches to leadership challenges; and tools to bring back to apply in the work of student organizations at the School and beyond.

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10/30/2012 Education and the Criminal Justice System: Change from Within

Education and the Criminal Justice System: Change from Within
Presented by Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) and Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

SCJR and WEPSA invite you to learn from the experiences of two pivotal figures in the criminal justice field who were instrumental in implementing secondary education in a NY prison.

In the mid-90's, over 350 college programs in prisons were shut down and a new provision denied incarcerated men and women access to Pell Grants. However, at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for women located in Westchester County, NY, an Inmate Committee, the Superintendent and a group of colleges and universities fought to bring back college-in-prison in 1997. Kathy Boudin and Cheryl Wilkins, both formerly incarcerated at BHCF during this time, will discuss how they successfully advocated for change in an institutional setting and share their tools and lessons learned. The event will allow audience members to practice advocacy techniques and take away ideas for how to effectively implement change in whatever context they're working in.

Refreshments will be provided.

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10/23/2012 Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan: Case Studies in Security Coordination

Liberia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan: Case Studies in Security Coordination

with Andrew Michels, Senior Civilian Advisor, Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
and Joey Ansorge, Consultant, Security Sector Governance

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10/19/2012 Lunch & Learn with Rogan Kersh

Lunch & Learn with Rogan Kersh
Presented by Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA)

Come get an early look into Rogan Kersh's paper in progress on Gen Y, or the Millennial generation, and their future impact in policy. Lunch is being graciously provided for participants by the Meatless Mondays initiative at Hayden Dining Hall. On Friday we will have a collaborative discussion, time for suggestions and questions. Professor Rogan Kersh is a currently an adjunct professor at Robert F. Wagner's School of Public Service and the Provost at his Alma mater, Wake Forest University.

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10/12/2012 Code for Change Competition Expo

Code for Change Competition Expo

Code for Change is a competition that links technologists with nonprofits, public agencies, and real-world social challenges.

This Friday, October 12th, all participants will reconvene at NYU Wagner for a “demo day” when they present their solutions for judging at our exposition.

Prizes will be awarded in multiple categories. Top award recipients will win cash and additional support to continue working with their civic and community partners, bringing their concepts to full development by the end of 2012. At the end of the year, we’ll present final results and products.

Registration  2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Solution Presentation  3:15 PM –  5:15 PM
Winners Announced  5:30 PM
Reception  6:00 PM

For more information and to RSVP, click here.
 

Code for Change is a partnership between NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, One Economy, Code for America, NPower and the Blue Ridge Foundation.

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10/11/2012 Indonesia 2012: Insights Into the Challenges Facing the World's Third-Largest Democracy

Indonesia 2012: Insights Into the Challenges Facing the World's Third-Largest Democracy
Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA and the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA)

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) for a discussion with Sandra Hamid, The Asia Foundation's country representative to Indonesia. A cultural anthropologist and development specialist with strong interests in political participation and civil society, Sandra has twenty years experience as a journalist, researcher, and development professional, nine of those years with The Asia Foundation. With the Foundation, she has designed and implemented programs in the areas of political participation, knowledge and policy, governance, gender, law, and religious freedom. Prior, she was a writer, researcher and international development consultant working in Indonesia, East Timor and the United States. Dr. Hamid has extensive political experience, having served in one of the first political parties formed immediately after Suharto's resignation.

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10/10/2012 AIDS Conspiracy Theories: A Discussion with Professor Nicoli Nattrass

AIDS and Conspiracy Theories: A Discussion with Nicoli Nattrass

Professor Nicoli Nattrass will discuss the problem of AIDS conspiracy theories for science, implications for the global AIDS response, and the various ways that scientists and pro-science activists have fought back with UNAIDS Senior Advisor, Policy & Strategy and Wagner Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy Peter Navario.

About Nicoli Nattrass
Nicoli Nattrass is Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit and Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. She holds a doctorate from Oxford and is a regular visiting professor at Yale. Nicoli works on the political-economy of AIDS policy, development policy and the global spread of AIDS conspiracy theories. Her earlier work on the economics of mother to child transmission prevention assisted the Treatment Action Campaign in its successful case against the South African government.

Light refreshments will be served.

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10/09/2012 Peacemakers in Action: Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding

Peacemakers in Action: Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding
Presented by The International Public Service Association, the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance, and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Rev. Jacky Manuputty of Indonesia and Dishani Jayaweera of Sri Lanka will share their experiences as grassroots peace leaders. Both of their communities have been rocked by ethnic and religious violence, but Jacky and Dishani are working at the heart of these conflicts to empower a new generation of peacebuilders. Drawing on resources as varied as modern social media technology and the ancient principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, these Peacemakers are building interdependent societies and peaceful futures. Join us to learn more about their innovative efforts.

Jacky and Dishani are both winners of Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action award. To learn more visit www.tanenbaum.org/peacemakers.

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10/09/2012 African News Coverage in the Age of KONY2012

African News Coverage in the Age of KONY2012

with Milton Allimadi, Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Blackstar News

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10/05/2012 WISS Annual Culture Day

WISS Annual Culture Day
Presented by Wagner International Student Society (WISS)

Culture Day will be an open forum for you to meet and mingle with fellow international students. Come and enjoy the performances and hand made food from a variety of cultures across the world. We will have performers and exhibitors. Music, dance, and other forms of art and culture that demonstrate the international spirit are welcome!

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10/04/2012 Voting Rights 2012

Voting Rights 2012
Presented by Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Servics (ALAS) and Black Student Association (BSA)

How will the recent election law changes affect the 2012 election and impact young, minority, elderly, low income, and disabled voters?   Panel of Speakers:
Jonathan Brater, Brennan Center for Justice
Zulema Blair, PhD,  Political Science Professor, City University of New York
Kevin Washo, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Angelo Falcon, National Institute for Latino Policy;
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D./M.A., John Jay College, CUNY Moderator:
Professor Dennis Smith, NYU Wagner

 

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10/03/2012 Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman

Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman

Presented by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Alliance (IPSA) and Bridge: Students for Social Innovation.

Please join us for a conversation with Financial Access Initiative (FAI) founder and NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch and David Roodman, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). They will discuss Roodman’s new book Due Diligence and the state of microfinance today. Roodman is a senior fellow at CGD whose work focuses on microfinance, debt relief and aid effectiveness. In Due Diligence, Roodman confronts important questions about the impact of microfinance and discusses how governments, foundations, and investors can best support financial services for the poor.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, event starts promptly at 6:45pm.

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10/03/2012 A Day in the Life of a Grantmaker

A Day in the Life of Grantmaker
Presented by Wagner Philanthropy

Please join Wagner Philanthropy at its inaugural event where we'll explore what it's like to work for a foundation and possible career paths in that sector. During this informal discussion, you'll hear from three current Wagner students who are working full-time for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow classmates and get a sense of the day-to-day role of a grantmaker. We hope you can attend!

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10/02/2012 Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria

Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria

with Adam Sirois,  Director of Global Development & Adjunct Faculty, New York University College of Nursing

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09/29/2012 Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) for an informal discussion with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Maria Otero to discuss her work at the Department of State promoting civilian security, democracy, and human rights as they relate to U.S. foreign policy and the programs that the Department supports. Under Secretary Otero will also be available to share her thoughts and take questions on the key issues and events of the 2012 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) related to civilian security, including trafficking in persons, gender issues, conflict resolution, etc. Audience members will be encouraged to ask the Under Secretary questions and engage in a discussion about foreign policy and the role that youth can play as positive change agents.

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09/28/2012 U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa

U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) for a discussion with Aaron D. Snipe, who is a career member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and currently serves as Spokesperson for the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). In his capacity as Spokesperson, Aaron speaks extensively to the U.S., regional, and international press to explain U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly on Iran, Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process, and Syria. Aaron’s most recent Foreign Service assignments include two tours in Iraq where he served as the Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO) and Spokesperson for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Muthanna Province from 2008 to 2009, and as the Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he coordinated the U.S. Government's civilian media and messaging efforts in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. Prior to his Iraq service, Aaron worked in the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs where he worked with the Department’s Press Office, as well as with Western and foreign media organizations, to coordinate U.S. government policy messaging on Iran. Aaron also worked as a Watch Officer in the Department's Executive Secretariat Operations Center where he routinely briefed the Secretary of State and other senior department officials. In addition to his work in the Middle East and Washington, Aaron also served as a Consular/Political-Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2003 to 2005. Aaron is a graduate of Emerson College and Suffolk University Law School, and speaks Arabic and some Japanese.

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09/26/2012 Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal

Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal

Now more than ever African professionals are returning to their home countries utilizing their expertise developed on American soil to contribute to the development of Africa. There are thousands of Africans living overseas and seeking ways to contribute to the growth of their home countries; initiatives aimed at staunching the outflow of professional expertise are offering new possibilities. Today there are major opportunities to transform the historical brain drain into a new African brain trust. Therefore this program is seeking to enlighten audiences with an analysis on Reverse Brain Drain and offer an informative panel discussion with professionals who live and work in Africa.

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09/25/2012 Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America

Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America

with Eduardo Moncado, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science at Rutgers University; Fellow, Drugs, Security and Democracy Program, Social Science Research Council / Open Society Foundation

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09/24/2012 Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri

Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri

Presented by Wagner Food Policy Alliance

Come enjoy lunch and learn about Carolyn Dimitri and Christina Bronsing's paper in progress: "Political Economy of the National Organic Standards Board." RSVP is required, seating is limited. Participants will receive a small section of this working paper and have a conversation with the authors to offer suggestions, ask questions and and learn about the topic. Snacks will be provided. The discussion will have a hard stop at 1:30pm.

Carolyn Dimitri is a Food Studies professor at NYU Steinhardt and former USDA organic's expert. Christina Bronsing is recent Wagner Grad and is working this project with Carolyn.
Check out Carolyn's blog: http://www.sustainablefoodeconomics.com/

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09/19/2012 Building Bridges, Building Power: A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing

Building Bridges, Building Power:  A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing

Only a few social movements have ever surpassed the threshold of engaging more than 1% of the U.S. population . Those movements have historically played central roles in advancing societal reform. New research documents the impressive growth in the scope, scale, and ambition of the progressive social movement and organizational field often termed “faith-based community organizing” – so that it now arguably attains that threshold. Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), in collaboration with Interfaith Funders present the findings from a new national census of all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. The study reveals the geographic spread of organizing, its growing influence in state and national political arenas, and the complex changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its institutional base, leadership core, and professional staff. Panelists will explore what this research says about the role of religion in public life and how this organizing fits into current social movements.

Presenters

Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University

Dr. Richard L. Wood, Director of the Southwest Institute on Religion and Society, The University of New Mexico

Panelists

Patricia Jerido, Program Officer, Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundation

Ai-Jen Poo, Labor Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance, named one of "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine

Richard Healey, Director, Grassroots Policy Project

Dorian Warren, Associate Professor, Politics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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09/18/2012 Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach

Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach

with Ana Cutter Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding

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09/14/2012 January Courses Abroad in Brazil - Info Session

January Courses Abroad in Brazil - Info Session

This information session will review the course content, excursions, and registration logistics for Wagner's Institutions, Governance and International Development course abroad at UFBA in Salvador, Brazil, January 1 - 13, and the NYU MPH program's course abroad, Global Health Services Research, also running January 1 - 13 in Salvador at UFBA.

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09/13/2012 Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election

Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate. He was formerly a member of an armed guerrilla group for about a decade that fought to overthrow the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Yayha Khan, then left and became a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines before becoming an award-winning and best selling book author. 

His book Taliban first introduced American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, Rashid examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: An unstable and nuclear armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East.

His books include

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in central Asia (2002)

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition (2010)

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012)

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09/11/2012 Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us

Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us

with Colette Mazzucelli, Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

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