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04/07/2011 The 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture

The NYU Wagner/Skirball Dual-Degree Program in Nonprofit Management & Judaic Studies presents the 5th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: "Women Hold Up Half the Sky." The lecture this year will be given by Cindy Chazan, Vice President of Alumni and Community Development at the Wexner Foundation.

A reception will follow.

Please join the Wagner-Skirball community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle.

04/07/2011 Charter School Funding and Facilities

Presented by the NYU Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA)

There are several national debates about charter schools—particularly about their efficacy, the plethora of models, and their proliferation in urban areas like NYC. A rarely discussed but similarly significant topic about charter schools is the unique ways that they acquire funding and facilities.

Led by education experts, this intimate discussion about charter school funding and facilities will allow participants to dig deeper into some of the complexities of charter schools’ funding structures and procurement of facilities, as well as advocacy efforts to reform these systems.

The panelists include:
James Merriman, New York City Charter School Center;
Elizabeth Ling, Democrats for Education Reform;
Sonia Park, Charter Schools Office, NYC Department of Education.

04/07/2011 Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University

Mimi Sheller, Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center (mCenter) at Drexel University. She also holds a continuing appointment as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University (UK) and is founding co-editor of the international journal Mobilities. She is on the international editorial boards of the journals Cultural Sociology, and African and Black Diaspora.

The Center combines interdisciplinary approaches to the study of travel, transport, migration, borders, and mobile communication into one over-arching framework.  The term “mobilities” applies to both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public and private space, and mobile communications.

04/06/2011 15th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Effective Leadership of Healthcare Organizations: Past, Present and Future
This forum will compare the evolving role of healthcare leaders over the past 25 years with today’s demands and tomorrow’s expectations.


Claudia Caine, MPA '84
Executive Vice President & COO,
Lutheran HealthCare Anthony Kovner, Ph.D.
Professor of Public and Health Management, 
NYU Wagner Jacob Victory, MPA '98
Vice President, Performance Management Projects,
Visiting Nurse Service of New York

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Dialogue

Seating is limited.

04/04/2011 WMLO Fundraising Workshop

Fundraising expert  Professor Joan Bronck will facilitate an interactive workshop providing students with an opportunity to learn development best practice. Topics such as relationship management, identifying funding sources, and researching prospective donors will be covered. The workshop will also include a donor solicitation role-playing exercise.

03/30/2011 Health Reform One Year Later

Panel event looking at the challenges of health reform implementation at national, state and provider level.

Professor Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner
Deborah Bachrach, Presdient of Bachrach Health Strategies and former New York Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of health for the Office of Health Insurance Programs
Cathrin Stickney, CEO at Cigna
Stephen Rimar, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at NY Hospital Queens

03/29/2011 Film Screening: The Times of Harvey Milk

Come join Prof. Michael Duffy's class 'Social Justice in Public Policy: Advocacy Movements' and the Stonewall Policy Alliance, NYU Wagner's student group exploring LGBT issues, in a discussion situated around the screening of The Times of Harvey Milk. This Academy Award-winning documentary from 1984 tells the story of the country's first prominent, gay elected official long before Gus Van Sant's popular biopic reasserted Milk as a prominent rights advocate for a new generation.

The film will begin after a few opening remarks and runs 90 minutes in length. There will be a short discussion to follow.

03/29/2011 Reflections from the Field

Student Panel

A student panel will share their recent experiences with post-disaster reconstruction from Chile, New Orleans and Haiti. Panelists will speak about their work followed by a moderated discussion.

03/29/2011 ElectriCITY: The Future of the Sustainable Grid

This half-day forum, sponsored by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action, will examine the electricity system in New York City – where it comes from, how it’s delivered, and how it’s used. Industry leaders, policymakers, and academics will discuss challenges and solutions to integrating renewables into the grid as well as demand management and efficiency innovations.

Opening Remarks: Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, NYU Wagner

Keynote Speaker: The current state of electricity in New York City and its implications

Sergej Mahnovski, Ph.D, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

 Panel 1: Supply-side solutions – the challenges and opportunities of integrating renewables into the grid
Moderator: Nancy E. Anderson, Executive Director, Sallan Foundation

·      Francisco de Leon, Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, NYU POLY

·      Joe Oates, Vice President of Energy Management, Con Edison

·      Bonnie Gurry, Renewable Energy Resources and Technology Engineer, New York Power Authority

·      Trey Taylor, Co-founder & President, Verdant Power

 Panel 2: Demand-side innovations – solutions for peak load management and consumer efficiencies

Moderator: Sara Jayanthi, NYSERDA Energy $mart Communities Coordinator, Solar One

·      Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison

·      James T. Gallagher, Senior Manager for Strategic & Business Planning, New York Independent System Operator

·      Vincent Gil, Account Executive, New York Power Authority

·      Mei Shibata, Chief Business Officer, ThinkEco

 Closing Remarks: New York University’s sustainable electricity efforts and the cogeneration plant

John Bradley, Assistant Vice President, Sustainability, Energy and Technical Services, NYU

This event is free but an RSVP is required.

03/24/2011 Noah McClain
The Institutions of Urban Anxiety: Work, Organizational Process and Security Practice in the New York Subway
Noah McClain, New York University
Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

McClain's dissertation asks how policies relevant to security - security from indiscriminate violence – are integrated as practices by organizational actors in the vulnerable environment of the New York Subway system. The site is just one of many  in which vast public resources have been spent for security purposes, yet public knowledge, and even scholarship, on these matters is usually based on blueprints for security measures rather than on accounts of how such measures observably work ‘on the ground’. McClain's theoretical orientation suggests that organizational policy is ‘made’ as it is enacted in actual occurrences, and so he focuses on the work practices of ‘tunnel-level’ subway employees. The nature and context of everyday subway work ‘structures out’ important security tasks through a complex layering of official and unofficial work circumstance.

03/23/2011 Tostan: Grassroots Education for Social Change

Gannon Gillespie, Director of External Affairs for Tostan International, will speak about Tostan's work in Africa and his recent trip to Senegal.

Tostan International is an international NGO whose mission is to "empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights." Through Tostan's efforts to educate villages about health and reproductive rights, thousands of villages in ten African countries have publicly renounced female genital cutting and child/forced marriage, a practice that is widespread in many African communities.

03/22/2011 The Science of Teamwork: What Matters in Teams and Team Leaders

Teamwork has become an obsession in many industries and organizations. But, what do we know about teamwork, team leaders and team effectiveness after decades of research?

As part of the Research Center for Leadership in Action’s "Vanguard of Leadership" series, Dr. Eduardo Salas, the University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida, will highlight what we know about the science and practice of teamwork and team leadership.

The talk will provide practitioners and scholars with valuable insights about what contributes to team effectiveness in organizations.

03/11/2011 NYU Wagner and UCLA Present: The Social Justice Initiatives in Public Service Graduate Programs

NYU Wagner and UCLA Present: The Social Justice Initiatives in Public Service Graduate Programs
March 11, 2011 at NYU Wagner and March 28, 2011 at UCLA

We are proud to announce that NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the UCLA School of Public Affairs have received a grant from the Ford Foundation to support our collective work on the Social Justice Initiative in Public Service Graduate Programs. Together, we seek to develop an approach that helps students at schools like ours – the future leaders of public service in local, national and international contexts – understand and diminish the systemic, institutional and structural barriers to equality and equity in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please email Tracey Gardner at

03/09/2011 Opening Reception for Alonzo Adams' "Sienna Visions" -- Gallery Space at Wagner, Spring 2011

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in partnership with the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, cordially invites you to the opening of “Sienna Visions: Paintings by Alonzo Adams, a special Gallery Space at Wagner exhibition staged in commemoration of Black History.

Internationally acclaimed artist Alonzo Adams presents us with an alluring and culturally rich collection of oil paintings referencing his African American heritage. Through masterfully executed figurative portraits and landscapes, the artist highlights fragments of the African American experience informed by his family history, his Harlem roots, Jazz, and contemporary urban life. The luscious sienna and earth tone palettes that permeate the canvases not only assist in achieving the desired racial specificity, but they are also instrumental in defining the contemplative and populist mood of the paintings. Adams’ subject matters and color schemes evoke a quiet dignity and an introspective poignancy that have become trademarks of his celebrated work.  

Sienna Visions is cosponsored by the NYU Wagner Black Student Alliance (BSA).

03/08/2011 REDLIGHT Film Screening

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus

Narrated by Lucy Liu, REDLIGHT ( is a powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world.

Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia.

03/07/2011 Bullying in Schools-Critical Issues

The 2010 school year started tragically with no fewer than five high-profile suicides by victims of bullying. At this event, co-sponsored by WEPSA (Wagner Education Policy Studies Association) and SPA (Stonewall Policy Alliance), panelists will consider contributing factors that lead to bullying in schools and the effectiveness of steps being taken to combat bullying. This intimate discussion with leaders in the field will allow attendees to dig deeper into some of the complexities of dealing with bullying. 

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

03/03/2011 Internships in Policy: Stories from Second-Years

Planning your summer internship or thinking about career options in policy? The Wagner Policy Alliance's upcoming brown-bag will bring together a panel of seasoned Wagner students to share experiences and insights from internships done during graduate school, with lots of time for Q & A.

Students from all degree tracks are encouraged to attend. Our panelists include:

David Algoso ’11 – intern with Mercy Corp
Michael Lenore ’11 – intern at the New York City Department of Transportation
Julia Mitchell ’11 – former intern at the Congressional Budget Office

Questions? Please contact Maggie Raife at or Ebony Wiresinger at

03/03/2011 Towards a Peacebuilding Continuum: Peace, Development, and Reconciliation

Towards a Peacebuilding Continuum: Peace, Development, and Reconciliation

Graeme Simpson, senior adviser to director general, Interpeace.

02/28/2011 Opportunism: Transforming the World Economy, One Idea at a Time

Presented by NYU Wagner and Farrar Straus & Giroux

Please join us for a dialogue with Shraga Biran, author of Opportunism: How to Change the World One Idea at a Time and Eduardo Porter, author of The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do.

“In today’s world, opportunity can no longer be viewed as a chance occurrence or as a starting point for competition in society. Rather, it is the raw material for a new era of abundance.”  More than natural resources, an impressive portfolio, or prime real estate, innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity are today’s currency; physical assets are trumped by social and intellectual capital.  In the groundbreaking new book Opportunism: How to Change the World One Idea at a Time, Shraga Biran (founder of one of Israel’s leading law firms and a lifelong champion of civil rights and social justice) makes clear that the challenge now to government and society is to protect the creators of this new kind of wealth and to extend to all individuals the rights and stability necessary to own whatever opportunities they create as their private property.  At this event, Biran and Porter will discuss and explore the ideas in thier books, as well as what leaders in public service can do to extend and protect opportunty for all global citizens.

A continental breakfast will be served.

02/26/2011 The State of Young Black New York: Exploring Multi-dimensions of Black Identity
A conference sponsored by the New York Urban League Young Professionals and NYU Wagner Black Student Alliance.

What does it mean to be of Black/African descent? What is Black? Who is Black? This set of questions is at the center of the conversation on how young Black New Yorkers define ourselves. The State of Young Black New York will facilitate this conversation, considering personal identification while understanding how others choose to identify themselves.

This full day event features a distinguished panel and four interactive break-out sessions designed to create a dialogue focusing on different elements of Black identity.

The panel and sessions will focus on:

Pan-Africanism and Global identity
Post-racial identity
Professional Identity
Gender Identity
The Identity of Young Black New York
Political Identity

This event will be a vital step in understanding and advancing the state of the Black Diaspora, particularly among young, Black New Yorkers. Go to for the conference agenda, panelist bio's and other details.

Also, please Join us at the post-event Mixer at 5PM at Vyne Wine Bar, 82 West 3rd St.

Partners Include: National Alliance of Market Developers, NY Chapter, National Association of Black Accountants, NY Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha, Brooklyn/ Long Island graduate chapter and Avenue Pink LLC

02/24/2011 Advocacy and the Internally Displaced: Lessons from the IDP Network in Kenya

Advocacy and the Internally Displaced: Lessons from the IDP Network in Kenya

Jackie Klopp, Associate Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development Earth Institute, Columbia University.

02/23/2011 Swimming Upstream: Race, Place and the Problem of Persistent Poverty in America

Nearly half of all children born into poverty will be persistently poor, meaning they will be poor for at least half of their childhoods. From birth, their socioeconomic status will determine, in part, the neighborhood in which they live, the food they eat, the education they receive and whether or not they will be poor as adults. Studies show that 20 percent of children born into poverty will spend a significant amoung of their early adulthood in poverty as well.

As adults, the persistently poor receive less than 65 percent of their total income as wages, accumulate fewer assets and rely heavily on social safety nets to make end meet. As the economy continues to shift toward high-skilled labor and cuts to social programs increase, there is a greater need to better understand the problems and challenges of overcoming persistent poverty in America.

Join expert panelists from across the country as we discuss current anti-poverty measures and public policies, structural and institutional barriers to economic security and mobility, and the impact of labor segmentation and chronic unemployment on persistent poverty.

Linda Harris, Director of Youth Policy, CLASP
Kate Kahan, Legislative Director, Center for Community Change
Bhash Mazumder, PhD, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ronald Mincy, PhD, Professor of Social Policy, Columbia University School of Social Work
Kristin Morse, Director of Programs and Evaluation, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity


Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Associate Professor, Milano - The New School for Management and Urban Policy

02/23/2011 College Success and Retention for Low Income Students

WEPSA (Wagner Education Policy Studies Association) and BSA (Black Student Alliance) present an intimate discussion with leaders in the field that will allow attendees to dig deeper into some of the complex issues involved in advancing education levels among low-income individuals. The panelists will include: Jana Chandler, Program Officer for College and Career Pathways at New Visions for Public Schools, Unique Fraser, Director of Curricula at iMentor, Nicholas Tynes, Director of College Quest at The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), and Sid Ross, Director of Academics at Year Up NYC. 

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided

02/18/2011 Journalism in Africa: Who's Telling Our Story?
The Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA) in partnership with Africa House and NYU Journalism Institute presents a panel discussion about journalism in Africa - who is telling Africa's stories and why are they telling them the way they are?

Nassirou Diallo, Committee to Protect Journalists
Ebba Kalondo, Media Institute of Southern Africa
Noel King, WYNC’s The Takeaway
Shamira Muhammad, NYU Global Journalism ‘11
Femi Oke, WYNC’s The Takeaway
Brooke Silva, Earthchild Production

02/17/2011 The Changing Shape of Nationalism in Georgia: Conflict, Narrative, and Negligence

The Changing Shape of Nationalism in Georgia: Conflict, Narrative, and Negligence

William Sadd, independent researcher and affiliate of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus.