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12/10/2014 Dig Deep for a Greener New York Policy Forum: Organic Waste and Composting

Sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund in partnership with New Yorkers for Parks and NYU Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems 

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Please join the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and NYU Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems for Dig Deep for a Greener New York, a policy forum series that continues on December 10th with a timely discussion on organic waste and composting for New York City.

PlaNYC2030 set out an ambitious goal to divert 75 percent of our solid waste from landfills. As food currently makes up 35 percent of all waste generated in New York City, composting is an attractive strategy to save taxpayer dollars and improve environmental performance. Various composting pilot projects are underway in residential and school settings. But to truly reach an economy of scale and address inherent challenges involving organic waste, infrastructure must be developed. This forum will address these issues and discuss potential next steps.

Panel 1: The role of organics and food waste collection in achieving the City’s solid waste management goals. Exploration of the potential and the challenges of scaling up organics and food waste collection. 

Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair, Committee on Sanitation
Norman Steisel, President & CEO, Enessco Strategies
Tammy Gamerman, Senior Research Associate, Citizens Budget Commission
Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation
Eric Goldstein, Senior Attorney, Urban Program, NRDC

Panel 2: Specific strategies to scale up organics and food waste collection in New York City (residential/commercial), what works, what doesn’t, can the City divert food waste completely from the waste stream?

Paul Sellew, Founder and Chairman, Harvest Power
Helena Rose Durst, Vice President, Durst Organization
Christine Datz Romero, Executive Director, Lower East Side Ecology Center
Anthony Fiore, Director, Office of Energy,  NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Kendall Christiansen, Principal, Gaia Strategies

12/09/2014 Admissions Information Session - Masters Programs

Admissions Information Session - Master's Programs
Sponsored by the Office of Admissions

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                  Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

An information session is a great way to learn more about NYU Wagner and our masters, executive masters, certificate and non-degree programs. We will cover the application process, all our programs and a bit about our employment results: what you can do with a degree from NYU Wagner. There will be plenty of time for questions.

12/05/2014 Social Enterprise Bootcamp

Sponsored by Bridge: Students for Social Innovation

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 9:-00 am - 5:00 pm 
Location: Kimmel Center for University Life
               60 Washington Square S, NYC

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 9:-00 am - 3:00 pm 
Location: School of Visual Arts 
               132 West 21 Street, NYC

The 5th Annual Social Enterprise Bootcamp (SEB) will take place this coming Dec 5-6, 2014. SEB is a joint initiative between NYU Wagner, the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) at the School of Visual Arts, and Avenues: The World School. This year's theme is New Voices: Integrating Fresh Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship. We're exploring how new voices and fresh perspectives can guide social entrepreneurship. Join us for speakers, workshops, a social enterprise showcase, and design challenges.

Keynote Speakers Include:
Rajiv Joshi, Managing Director of The B Team
Jordyn Lexton, Founder of Drive Change
Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of DSI
Jerri Chou, Founder of The Feast

Students: $25
Professionals: $55

Go to to learn more and purchase tickets!

12/03/2014 Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?

Presented by the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

For decades, transportation experts have anticipated a sweeping technological transformation of the way Americans travel, and the transportation system they use to do so. That transformation has arrived at all scales – from individual trip planning to the design and management of regional mass transit systems. But, in a distinct shift from the last 50 years, when transportation innovation in the United States was shaped by big public infrastructure projects like the Interstate Highway System, this transformation is being driven by the private sector. Silicon Valley has set its sights on the transportation system as its next big opportunity, and its first moves have triggered conflicts with regulators at every level of government.

But how will this historic surge of investment and invention into the transportation sector impact existing infrastructure and land use patterns, travel behaviors, regulatory frameworks and financing structures, and the practice of transportation planning and management? This symposium will explore the Rudin Center for Transportation’s recently published report, Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States. Key questions include:

-What new technologies and services will have the broadest impact on mobility?
-How might new mobility technologies and services impact land use patterns?
-What kinds of organizational changes will transportation regulators, funding agencies, and planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and what kinds of skills and practices will transportation planners need in the future?

Robin Chase, Buzzcar
Stacey Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation
Greg Lindsay, Visiting Scholar, NYU Rudin Center
Benjamin De La Peña, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Moderated by Anthony Townsend, NYU Rudin Center


12/02/2014 Building for Success: Expanding Nurse - Family Partnership in New York City

Sponsored by State Senator Daniel Squadron, NYU College of Nursing, and NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: NYU Kimmel Center Room 914
               60 Washington Sq. South New York, NY 10010

On December 2, NYU College of Nursing, NYU Wagner School of Public Service, and State Senator Daniel Squadron will host a Breakfast Forum calling for universal Nurse-Family Partnership in New York State. On the heels of New York City's dramatic Universal Pre-K expansion, Senator Squadron, NYU Nursing, and an expert panel will make the case that even earlier, evidence - based intervention is another critical foundation for families, as well as cost-effective for government. 

NFP is a nationally proven, evidence-based program that links first-time eligible mothers with a nurse home visitor from the second trimester of pregnancy through a child's second birthday. For more information, click here.

Special Guests:

Richard Ravitch 
Esq.Former Lieutenant Governor of New York

Harriet Kitzman 
Senior Associate Dean for Research Director
Center for Research Implementation & Translation Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics University of Rochester School of Nursing

Andrea Phillips
Vice President
The Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
New York, NY

Caitlin Reimers Brumme 
Director of the Capital Markets Team Social Finance, INC
Boston, MA

Amr M. Moursi 
D.D.S., PhD 
Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry New York University College of Dentistry 

Judith Haber
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs 
The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing
New York University College of Nursing 

11/24/2014 Conversation on Immigration Policy

Sponsored by Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) and Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA)

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC 
                Rice Conference Room / Newman Reception Area, Puck Building

Join the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) and Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA) on Monday, November 24, for a Conversation on Immigration Policy.

Please join WPA and WEFA for a panel discussion on current issues in immigration reform and policy. The discussion will focus on the latest reform proposals and their merits. The speakers will discuss how they think our country's immigration policy should ideally be structured. What should be done about the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants that are living in the U.S.? What are the economic and fiscal policy implications of immigration and illegal immigration to the U.S.? The speakers will also discuss the recent wave of child migrants from Central America, and how that should be handled.

To explore answers to these questions and many more, join WPA and WEFA for a conversation on immigration policy, featuring two immigration policy experts, Professor Richard L Brodsky (NYU Wagner) and Professor Muzaffar Chishti (NYU School of Law). They will consider these topics and many more in the context of the current debate on immigration policy in the United States.

11/21/2014 WISS Culture Day

Co-sponsored by the Pan Asian Student Alliance (PASA), Wagner Managment and Leadership Organization (WMLO), Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), and Wagner Student Association for Africa (WSAFA)

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014 - Friday, November 21,2014 (Culture Day happening on Friday, November 21 at 5pm)
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Location: 295 Lafayette Street., 2nd Fl., NYC
               The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue 

Culture week is an annual event spearheaded by WISS, featuring celebration of the cultural diversity of the Wagner community. It encompasses performances, food, customs, and experiences from a variety of different cultures. It’s a platform for cultural experience sharing and ideas exchange. Be prepared to open up and immerse yourself in a wide range of exotic food selection, talent shows and a lot of exciting new discoveries about other cultures.

On Friday, we have our grand finale event, where Wagnerds will showcase their talent with performance and home cooked food from various cultures. Join us on Friday at the Puck building for an evening filled with fun, great food and awesome performances.

11/21/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Part II - Transparency and Accountability in Governance

Part II - Transparency and Accountability in Governance 

Current Issues and Way Forward at National, State and Local levels of governance in India.

11/19/2014 The Common Enemy

Sponsored by The Stonewall Policy Alliance

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC 
              The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Are you passionate about ending poverty? Protecting the environment? Gender equality and human rights? Then come and hear about the battle for women's and LGBT rights - and why a better world depends on it.

A panel of advocates, including senior representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Ipas and more will reveal startling information about the enemies they are fighting - and suggest new ways to stand up for love and equality!
SPLC and ACLU representatives will be staying for drinks and mingling afterwards and to speak with students about career opportunities at these wonderful organizations.

11/18/2014 NYU Wagner Masters Program Open House

NYU Wagner Master's Program Open House
Sponsored by the Office of Admissions

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Rudin Family Forum for Civil Dialogue

The best way to get a broad introduction to NYU Wagner is to attend an Open House. In this Open House, you will learn about NYU Wagner's Master's programs and its vision for a public service education re-framed. You will hear in-depth descriptions of our programs, get important information about admissions and financial aid, as well as have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. This Open House is relevant for anyone interested in our Masters or Executive Masters programs.

At the start a faculty member will speak about NYU Wagner broadly. Other faculty will then lead small group discussions by degree program with current students.

Sign in begins at 5:45pm, and the event begins promptly at 6:00pm.

11/17/2014 UPSA Speaker Series: Community Organizing for Tenant Rights and Affordable Housing

Sponsored by: Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Lafayette Conference Room, 3066

Join UPSA and Cea Weaver, a second year Urban Planning Student and Senior Organizer at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), for a discussion on tenant organizing and rent stablization. Advocates and housing experts suggest know your rights based tenant organizing can be a powerful method to stem the loss of rent stabilized units in New York City. Organized tenant associations protect the rights of in-place residents and often pressure for changes to housing policy at the city and state levels. This brown bag presentation gives an overview of what tenant organizing is, and will focus on ways advocates and community members in New York City have used tenant organizing as a tool to preserve affordable housing.

11/11/2014 Catalyzing Action for Social Impact

Sponsored by Wagner Philanthropy

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
               The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join the United Nations Association of Young Professionals – SNY Economic Development Committee, NYU Wagner Philanthropy and NYU Wagner Economics Finance Association for a panel discussion featuring pioneers in the field of impact investing. Learn more about the current impact investing, the future of impact investing, and how to pursue your own dreams of making a difference in this growing sectors. Speakers include representatives from Prudential, Rockefeller Foundation, and others.

11/11/2014 WHN Student Chat Speaker Series - Disruptive Innovation in Health Care

Sponsored by Wagner Health Network (WHN)

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Location: 295 Lafayette Street., 2nd Fl., NYC
              Rice - Newman Conference Room

Join WHN and Wagner+ on Tuesday, November 11th, for a discussion on the changing structure of the healthcare industry - specifically, the widening opportunities for disruptive innovation in areas such as provider & payor strategy, care coordination, big data and more. Our chat will feature speakers involved with NYC-based startups such as Micro Health and Flatiron Health, who will offer their insights on the future of health innovation and how Wagner students can get involved with driving disruption in the health care space.

11/07/2014 Annual Food Fest: Global Context, Local Action

Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE)

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us for the Annual Food Fest. The overall cross-sectional theme this year is sustainable food systems in the global context of a changing climate, with an emphasis on local action and food policies. After setting the stage first by discussing global climate change and its repercussions for food systems, hunger, and security, those attendance will engage with a panel of professionals from local organizations who work in revolutionizing and making more sustainable food systems here in the US/ New York. We look forward to you joining us, for this critical discussion while enjoying food that implores us to mobilize and act now.

11/06/2014 Election Analysis from NYU DC: 2014 Midterm Elections & What It All Means

Sponsored by Brademas Center

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
               Watch the live stream from NYU DC  here.

Join The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress and NYU Global Programs for a panel of American political analysts, media experts, campaign insiders, and scholars discussing the 2014 midterm elections. With 35 Senate seats on the line, and all 435 House seats up for grabs, the panel will consider the results of the Congressional elections - analyzing campaign strategies, game-changing events and what lies ahead for the American people for the 2016 presidential election.

Donna Cassata, Reporter covering defense, foreign policy and politics, The Associated Press
Rob Collins, Executive Director, National Republican Senatorial Committee
Patrick Egan, Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy, NYU
Steve McMahon, CEO and Co-founder of Purple Strategies, LLC
Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist

11/06/2014 Dig Deep for a Greener New York Policy Forum: Funding An Equitable Park System

Sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund in partnership with New Yorkers for Parks and NYU Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems 

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Please join the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, New Yorkers for Parks and NYU Wagner’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems for Dig Deep for a Greener New York, a policy forum series that continues on November 6 with a timely discussion on funding a stronger park system for New York City.

Notwithstanding several recent, high-profile capital projects, New York City’s parks as a whole have suffered from public disinvestment for years.  The shortfall is starkest with regard to operation and maintenance; the Parks Department’s operating budget has been cut back for over 40 years, and is now 37% less than in 1961.

The city will have to dramatically expand annual operating and maintenance funds to provide a fully-funded city park system.  Alternative funding sources allowed under existing laws can also help bridge the gap through innovative zoning, public/public partnerships, state agencies, business improvement districts and dedicated park funds.  At this forum, NYLCVEF and New Yorkers for Parks will examine these and other alternative financing models to identify a concrete strategy for a more equitable future.

Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President, Trust for Public Land
Dan Biederman, President, Bryant Park BID
Candace Damon, Vice President, HR&A
Sally Goldenberg, Capital NY Reporter
David Karnovsky, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and former Counsel to NYC Department of City Planning
Marianna Koval, Senior Policy Advisor, City Department of Environmental Protection
Mark Levine, City Council Member, Chair of Parks Committee
Christopher Rizzo, Counsel, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
Ed Uhlir, Executive Director, Chicago Millennium Park

11/05/2014 Gallery Space at Wagner: Convergences Opening Reception

Gallery Opening: Convergences, paintings by Paul Gruhler
Presented by the Gallery Space at Wagner and co-sponsored by the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC)

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                  Gallery Space | Newman Reception Area

Please join us for the opening reception of Convergences, the Fall-Winter 2014 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. The exhibit features acrylic-on-linen paintings by guest artist Paul Gruhler.

Convergences represents the latest installment in the modernist study of space, form, geometry, and color that has become synonymous with Paul Gruhler’s distinguished studio practice. The eleven paintings on display are from his acclaimed Ketchum Hill Series. Like recent Gruhler collections, these minimalist abstractions are informed by surroundings familiar to the artist, in particular scenery from Vermont and the mountainous landscapes of the Northeast. Subtly layered textures and vibrant color palettes have been meticulously executed to create works as captivating for their compositional tension and tonal range as for their meditative elegance.

Convergences is curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni. For more information, please contact or 212.998.7400.

10/31/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Part II - Municipal or Local Financing

Part II - Municipal or Local Financing – Structure, Issues, and Challenges

10/30/2014 Edward Kleinbard on U.S. Budget Debates: We Are Better Than This

Edward Kleinbard on U.S. Budget Debates: We Are Better Than This
Co-sponsored by the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA) and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA)

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join Edward Kleinbard, USC Professor of Law and Business, as he discusses the framing of U.S. budget debates and his new book, We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money.

From the publisher:
We Are Better Than This fundamentally reframes budget debates in the United States. Author Edward D. Kleinbard explains how the public's preoccupation with tax policy alone has obscured any understanding of government's ability to complement the private sector through investment and insurance programs that enhance the general welfare and prosperity of our society at large.

Edward Kleinbard, Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business, USC Gould School of Law

10/29/2014 An Evening With Prominent Leaders of America's Faith Communities and NYU Students and Faculty

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
                 Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Religious leaders have always taken a prominent role on the American public stage, from Cotton Mather to Martin Luther King, Billy Graham to the anti-war Berrigan brothers. A striking characteristic of this most recent period of religious involvement in and influence on American democratic life is the assertive politicization of religious communities even as religious diversity fractures many of the social-justice coalitions of the past. Increasingly, the religious discourse that is influencing political discourse represents absolutist truth claims about particular elements of public life, including such contentious issues as abortion, the death penalty, and civil, women’s and gay rights. One could easily claim that the shift of these past decades represents a potential threat to the foundations of American democracy that rests on a tolerance of and respect for alternative views.

The question before us, in the midst of our polarized politics: Will religion be a force that unites us or divides us even more? We hope that you will come and engage in meaningful learning, dialogue, and discussion on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Among those participating in the session are:
Dr. Colt Anderson
Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Rev. Richard Cizik
President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good
Former Vice President for Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals

Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D.
Dean, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Isaac Luria
Vice President of Auburn Action, Auburn Theological Seminary

Dr. Carrie Nordlund
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

Jill Rauh
Assistant Director of Education and Outreach
Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Rev. Dr. Kevin O'Reilly  Academic Dean, New York Diocesan Seminary at Dunwoodie  

Rev. Dr. Tony Richie
Bishop, Church of God
Senior Pastor, New Harvest Church

Dr. Helene Slessarev-Jamir
Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Ministries, Claremont Theological Seminary
  Susan Stern  Chair, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, The White House  

Rev. John Vaughn
Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary

Jim Winkler
President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches

5:00pm – 5:30pm Round table conversation
5:30pm – 6:00pm Breakouts with students and faith leaders
6:00pm – 6:30pm Bringing it home, a shared conversation

Refreshments will be served.

The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU Wagner and The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life are co-sponsoring this event. The event is part of the Ford Foundation-supported Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse and Democracy in the Public Square Project, which is led by Dr. David Elcott, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner.

10/29/2014 The Persistence of the Apartheid City

Sponsored by Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                 Mulberry Conference Room

For decades urban planning in South Africa was used to create and sustain divided cities with dire social consequences. Can urban planning now be used to reverse this?

Since the demise of Apartheid, South Africa has largely been recognized as a bastion of democracy, human rights, and development. Hosting international events like the 2010 World Cup, it is regularly heralded as a success story that often masks a more complex reality. South Africa has one of the world's highest levels of income inequality, and its cites remain some of the worlds most spatially and socially divided. More than ten million people live without adequate access to sanitation, unemployment hovers at around 40%, and violent crime is rife. At the same time, South Africa's unique history of activism and public engagement provides hope for positive change.

Gavin Silber and James Leyba, current Wagner MUP Candidates, will discuss urbanization in South Africa, the challenges and opportunities it presents, and some of the initiatives underway at the grassroots level to prompt more equitable and effective urban development.

Gavin spent ten years, before coming to Wagner, in South Africa working in various social justice organizations. Most recently, he lead the Social Justice Coalition - a social movement based in Cape Town campaigning for improved conditions in informal settlements.

James spent this past summer in Cape Town working at Ndifuna Ukwazi - an advocacy and research group exploring spatial inequality and land use in South Africa.

10/28/2014 Sandy and the City: Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency in a Changing Climate

Presented by the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor, NYC
               Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Join us for a panel discussion on disaster preparedness and resiliency in the context of a changing global climate. We will be using the effects of Hurricane Sandy on New York City as a jumping off point for viewing the ways that natural disasters affect city life, as well as to look forward toward how cities can prepare for similar events through climate mitigation and resiliency efforts. The event will feature a keynote presentation entitled "Sandy: Have We Been Smart Before, During and Since?" provided by Klaus Jacob of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, as well as a networking reception after the panel. Food and wine will be provided.

Moderated by: John Gershman, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service

10/24/2014 Fiscal Accountability in Developing Countries Series - Fall 2014 - Part I - Municipal or Local Financing

Part I - Municipal or Local Financing – Structure, Issues, and Challenges

10/21/2014 Jeffrey Ashe: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development

Jeffrey Ashe: How Savings Groups are Revolutionizing Development
Sponsored by Financial Access Initiative (FAI)

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Fl., NYC
                 The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue 

Join NYU Wagner's Jonathan Morduch as he talks with Jeffrey Ashe about Ashe's new book, In Their Own Hands. In the book, Ashe tells of his efforts to translate his studies in Nepal, India, and Zimbabwe into Saving for Change at Oxfam America, a program that has trained 35,000 savings groups in 8,000 villages.

Half the world is unbanked and need better ways to save and borrow. But even many people with access to traditional financial services struggle to save or receive loans on reasonable terms. Ashe contends that even the most innovative banking institutions can't reach them, but savings groups can. Savings groups have developed organically in many cultures around the world. While there are many different varieties of savings groups, several studies have found that the basic mechanisms of social support, regularity, and commitment that groups share are effective at helping poor households save. According to Ashe, savings groups are a robust, simple, low cost, self-replicating innovation that can meet the saving and borrowing needs of poor households around the world.

Jeffrey Ashe is a microfinance pioneer who has managed, designed and evaluated micro-finance programs in more than thirty countries including Working Capital in the United States which was awarded the first Presidential Award for Excellence in Microfinanceby President Clinton. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at SIPA and teaches at the Sustainable International Development program the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Copies of In Their Own Hands will be available for purchase at the event.

10/21/2014 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2014 - Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications

Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia and its Implications
  Since the late 2000s, Southeast Asia's democratization has stalled and, in some of the region's most economically and strategically important nations, gone into reverse. The region's rollback from democracy reflects a worrying global retrenchment toward anti-democratic political change, with significant implications for freedom, health, and prosperity locally and consequences for U.S. interests around the world.

Josh Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations