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02/16/2011 Eye on Sudan: Challenges After Referendum

Presented by NYU Wagner, the Lech Walesa Institute, and the Human Rights Foundation.

Please join speakers Laura Heaton, writer-editor for the Enough Project, Maciej Kuziemski, Lech Walesa Institute electoral observer, and Jimmy Mulla, president of Voices For Sudan, in a discussion on the recent referendum in Sudan and the implications of the results on human rights and development and humanitarian aid, as well as the major challenges that the country will face in the next six months in a region where protests in Egypt and Tunisia have changed the political atmosphere.

The event will also feature an exhibition of exclusive photographs and reportage from the Lech Walesa Institute’s electoral observers in southern Sudan.

02/15/2011 David Yassky, Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission

TLC Commissioner David Yassky will sit down with Mitchell Moss to discuss the future of taxis in New York City.

Prior to his appointment to TLC in March, 2010, Yassky completed eight years of service in the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.  On the Council, Yassky sponsored legislation to promote the use of fuel-efficient hybrid cars as taxicabs.  He also authored innovative laws in the areas of affordable housing and economic development, including the City’s Film and TV Production Tax Credit.

02/10/2011 NYU MLK Week Faculty Lecture with Prof. Rogan Kersh
02/10/2011 The Youth-Economic Engagement-Conflict Conundrum: Understanding when Economic Interventions May Prevent Youth Violence

The Youth-Economic Engagement-Conflict Conundrum: Understanding when Economic Interventions May Prevent Youth Violence

Rebecca Wolfe, senior youth and peacebuilding advisor, Mercy Corps.

02/08/2011 State of the City: Homeless Policy & Programs in NYC

Please join the Wagner Policy Alliance for its annual State of the City event. The 2011 program features a panel discussion on homelessness in New York City. The panel, moderated by Professor Ingrid Ellen, brings together national and local experts for a conversation on homelessness and housing assistance. In 2004, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made national news by announcing that his administration would work towards reducing homelessness in New York City by two-thirds during his tenure as mayor. However, homelessness has not been reduced and the Administration faces a difficult task in achieving its goal. The panel will examine the objectives of the City’s homeless policies, existing homeless programs, and discuss important themes to improve the understanding of what can be done to address the issue of homelessness in New York City.

Ingrid Ellen (moderator), Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Director of the Urban Planning program at New York University’s Wagner School and Co-Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research centers on neighborhoods, housing, and residential segregation. Professor Ellen recently published How to House the Homeless, a book she co-edited with Brendan O'Flaherty of Columbia University.

Dennis Culhane, Professor of Social Welfare Policy at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Work
Professor Culhane’s primary areas of research are homelessness, assisted housing policy, and policy analysis research methods. He is the Director of Research for the U.S. Veteran’s Administration’s National Center for Homelessness among Veterans. He is also working with several states and cities to develop preventative approaches to homelessness, including “rapid exit” and community-based housing stabilization programs.

Seth Diamond, Commissioner of New York City Department of Homeless Services
Commissioner Diamond has served in his role at DHS since April 2010. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Diamond served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Family Independence Administration at the City's Human Resources Administration. He oversaw the administration of the City's Cash Assistance and Food Stamps programs, which serve nearly two million New Yorkers.

Rosanne Haggerty, President and Founder of Common Ground
Ms. Haggerty founded Common Ground in 1991. Common Ground is a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions to homelessness and has developed and operates a range of housing facilities serving formerly homeless and low-income households located in New York City.

02/08/2011 The Egyptian Revolution: Collective Leadership or Leadership Void?

The Egyptian Revolution: Collective Leadership or Leadership Void?


Mona Eltahawy, Award-winning columnist and regular CNN commentator on Arab issues

Omar Cheta, History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Karim Tartousseih, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYU

Rania Salem, Sociology, Princeton University

Moderator: Waad El Hadidy, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner

02/07/2011 Revolution: Informal Conversation about the Events in Egypt and the Region

Revolution: Informal Conversation about the Events in Egypt and the Region

Session Facilitators:

Natasha Iskander, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner

Waad El Hadidy, Senior Associate, Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner

02/03/2011 The U.S. and Gender, National Security, and Counter-terrorism: The Gender Dimensions of Development Securitization

The U.S. and Gender, National Security, and Counter-terrorism: The Gender Dimensions of Development Securitization

Lama Fakih, gender, human rights, and counterterrorism fellow, NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.

02/03/2011 Livability Summit

The Livability Summit, presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management will explore two important issues related to efforts to support livability: climate change and how to measure just what is livable.

Keynote speaker Matthew E. Kahn, Professor at UCLA and author of "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future" will discuss his vision of how cities and their residents will adapt to a hotter world, both in the U.S. and internationally, and how this is relevant to efforts to promote more livable communities.

A panel discussion will follow featuring David Bragdon, New York City's Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

A second panel will address tools and approaches for measuring livability and how to evaluate and manage trade-offs between the six different livability goals outlined at the federal level.

02/01/2011 Acting on Faith: A Conversation with Faith-Based Development Leaders

IPSA and JeWPA are hosting a fishbowl discussion with leaders in the field of faith-based international development to discuss successes, challenges, and future visions for the sector.

We will be joined by:
- Aaron Dorfman, Vice President for Programs at American Jewish World Service
- Sakina Rizvi, Program Coordinator in Haiti for Imamia Medics International, Associate Representative to the UN
- Dennis Frado, Director of Lutheran Office for World Community, Main Representative at UN Headquarters
- Moderator: David Elcott, Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service

01/25/2011 Greening Gotham: The Rise of Energy-Efficient Buildings and the Road Ahead

With Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings

**PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor**

Join us for a lecture and lively discussion on greening New York City.  Commissioner LiMandri will speak about City initiatives and why buildings need to be a major focus within New York City’s efforts to "go green."  As New York City's buildings are responsible for approximately 80% of the City's carbon emissions, energy efficiency in buildings is key to moving the City forward.   LiMandri will also discuss what other municipalities around the world are doing in regards to energy-efficient buildings and explore ways to move a green agenda forward amidst competing interests.  

The Commissioner will take questions after his lecture and a light reception will follow.

12/10/2010 Setting the Agenda: The Impact of Women in Public Service

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus Student Organization and co-sponsored by the Women of Color Policy Network.

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, December 10th, 2010, and will begin with a keynote address from Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Chair of the Women's Issues Committee.

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: Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Vice President of Seedco, Beatrice Frey, Communications Officer for Production, Branding and Social Media, UNIFEM and Margaret DiZerega, Director of the Family Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice.

Each panelist will address the importance of focusing on women when discussing issues relevant to each of the speaker's field, as well as the unique perspective women bring to that field. After the panel, the WWC will host a small reception.

Event Schedule:
4:00-4:30 Keynote Address
4:30-5:45 Panel
5:45-6:30 Networking Wine and Cheese Reception

12/10/2010 Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being.

Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being.

UCLA doctoral student Eric Morris will present  Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being. His research employs data from Gallup and the American Community Survey to assess the links between transportation access and reports of happiness.

12/08/2010 The White House Fellows Program Information Session

The White House Fellows Program is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, offering exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in a once-in-a-lifetime education program consisting of off-the-record, roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and take trips to study leaders and policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program at an event featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of NYU and Past President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association. Applications for the program are due by January 15, 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Office of the President of New York University.

12/06/2010 Quality Jobs in a New Economy: Paid Sick Leave and Communities of Color

Forty years ago, low-wage workers could depend on unions to help ensure that they received benefits and wages that are essential to a quality job. In the mid-1950s, 35 percent of all employees on private payrolls were union members; today only 7.2 percent of private sector workers belong to a union. The marked decline in union membership over time has meant that many workers are left to negotiate benefits and fair wages on their own.

Today, there are 30 million workers employed in low-wage jobs with minimal benefits, earning less than $9.00 per hour. And only about a third of workers in the lowest wage percentile receive paid sick leave.

Join leading experts from across the country as they discuss the need for paid sick leave for low-income communities and communities of color. The roundtable will also address the impact of work support measures on the economic security of low-wage workers and communities of color and propose policy recommendations and strategies for ensuring access to quality jobs.

Heather Boushey, PhD, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Brandy Davis, Policy Coordinator, California Labor Project for Working Families
Kevin Miller, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Nancy Rankin, Senior Fellow, A Better Balance
Portia Wu, Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families

12/03/2010 Poverty Discussion Group

The newly formed Poverty Discussion Group is excited to announce our third brown bag discussion, which will focus on financial empowerment in low-income communities.

We are pleased to announce that I-Hsing Sun, Director of Programs at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), will lead us in a discussion about financial access and literacy. Ms. Sun will share findings from the OFE’s Neighborhood Financial Services Study, which analyzes banking dynamics in two low-income neighborhoods in NYC.   You can access the report at the bottom of the following link: We hope you will join us for a lively discussion on this topic!

The Poverty Discussion Group brings together students who are interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions the first Friday of every month. We believe Wagner students have a great deal of knowledge and experience through jobs, internships, and volunteering from which our community can learn. Through these conversations, we hope to start lively discussions that will expand our knowledge of the innovative anti-poverty initiatives being implemented by local, state, and federal governments, as well as exciting on-the-ground work being done by CBOs.

12/02/2010 Looking Back, Looking Foward: A Conversation about the Fiscal Health of New York City

Presented by: Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA)

FY2010 was the 30th consecutive year New York City closed out its fiscal year with a General Fund surplus since the near fiscal meltdown of the 1970s.  According to Comptroller Liu, “This past Fiscal Year saw New York City’s economy begin to crawl out of recession.”  Yet, the Mayor's office is proposing unprecedented budget cuts across the board.  This event aims to answer the Whys, Whats, and Hows.

The focus of the conversation will explore three things from the public, private, and watchdog perspectives: 1) how has the City dealt with the economic slowdown, 2) what are the short-term strategies to meet immediate budget gaps, and 3) what other strategies should be considered to maintain/improve financial stability.

The panel will feature many of New York City’s leading budget experts, including Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, Ronnie Lowenstein, Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office, and Richard Raphael, Executive Managing Director of the U.S. Public Finance Group at Fitch Ratings.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Daniel L. Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management.

12/02/2010 A Brownbag Discussion: Higher Education and the Criminal Justice System

Presented by:

Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) & Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

John Molina, Senior Academic Counselor of the College Initiative and a first year Wagner student specializing in health policy and management, will talk about his work with the organization and the intersection of higher education and the criminal justice system.

The mission of the College Initiative is to connect men and women in New York City who have been incarcerated or have had involvement with the criminal justice system with opportunities for higher education; to provide a range of academic and other support services that promote successful enrollment in college and completion of degrees; and to serve as a guiding force for students to realize their full potential as gainfully employed individuals, family members, informed citizens, and community leaders. John has an extensive background in community heath education and harm reduction counseling, working primarily with at-risk youth from
alternative to incarceration programs and other vulnerable populations. Additionally, he volunteers as a counselor at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Please join us to discuss questions such as:
• What is the impact of the failed K-12 traditional public school system on the criminal justice system?
• What is the relationship between a post-secondary education and recidivism?
• Do public agencies coordinate/cooperate with non-governmental organizations engaged in reentry assistance?
• What obstacles do students face in higher education if they have been involved in the criminal justice system?
• How do current educational policies provide (or not provide) support to people with involvement in the criminal justice system?
• What are the major challenges and successes for the College Initiative and its students?

11/30/2010 BJPA: Lecture by Rachel Shabat: Serving the Soul of the Practicing Rabbi

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi, Vice President, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, Israel Department.

Jewish spiritual leadership in an age of uncertainty, experimentation and creativity has led rabbis across the denominational spectrum to seek significant additional training and spiritual development. What role is text study playing in these initiatives and how does it serve the rabbinic soul in our time? What role does scholarship play? Spiritual practice? Political/social action? Given the intensity of these initiatives and their indisputable impact on the rabbi, what is the impact on the communities they serve and on North American Jewry as a whole?

11/29/2010 How US Foreign Policy is Made: Special Focus on Policies Related to Women and Development.

Topic: A discussion about how foreign policy is made, with a special focus on policies related to women and development.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner
Speaker: Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby joined Vital Voices in June 2010 to direct the La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women and the World and lead the Coalition’s Breakthrough Initiative. She has held a number of senior positions in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors.  She has been Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Ambassador to several countries in the Eastern Caribbean; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America; and Legislative Assistant to Senator (later Secretary of the Treasury) Lloyd Bentsen. Most recently, she developed and ran a transparency and governance reform project for the Government of Mexico. She was a Vice President of Bankers Trust Co., Vice President of International Business-Govt. Counsellors, Inc. and served on the boards of directors of multinational corporations as well as several NGOs, including the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Helen Keller International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Atlantic Council of the U.S., Center for International Environmental Law, American Hospital of Paris, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, and Pan American Health and Education Foundation.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. Amb. Shelton-Colby was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Wash., D.C., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in French from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  She has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and appears on U.S. and international television and radio discussing U.S. foreign policy, development, and international public policy issues. 

11/22/2010 Women's Economic Empowerment

Topic: Women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, mentorship and training

To RSVP contact Kate Horner

Speaker: Maria Pena is the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Vital Voices, the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

In that role, Maria guides Vital Voices’ economic empowerment work globally and directs a portfolio of programs that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to high-potential businesswomen, allowing them to develop the skills they need to excel as business and community leaders. Maria previously served as the Americas Leader of Entrepreneurship at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, where she was responsible for developing strategies and directing initiatives designed to celebrate and support entrepreneurship across the Americas. Prior to that role, she was responsible for designing the firm’s signature corporate responsibility programs, with a special focus on emerging market entrepreneurship. Maria holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

11/19/2010 Stop Speeding Summit: Co-hosted with Transportation Alternatives
11/18/2010 The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

In this session of the New Thinking in Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series, UCLA doctoral candidate Camille Fink will discuss her dissertation research, which uses the lens of ethnography to explore behavior and attitudes on different Los Angeles bus routes.

11/18/2010 Brown bag: Affordable mortgage and loan program in the West Bank

Discussion on mortgage finance in the Palestinian territories.

Earlier this year, the Unites States, World Bank Group, Palestine Investment Fund, the United Kingdom and others launched a landmark $500 million mortgage finance program designed to promote the private ownership of residential housing in the Palestinian territories. Kieran Brenner, a lawyer to the project, will discuss the project and its potential impact on the development of housing finance, new communities and the banking industry in the West Bank, as well as its likelihood to spur economic growth in the region.

11/17/2010 Iraq and the American Empire.

Iraq and the American Empire

Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs and the Peter G. Peterson chair. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly the National Interest from 1986 to 1987, and held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly the Public Interest from 1985 to 1986. He received his BA in classics from Yale and his PhD in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton.

He is author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His other publications include Understanding the War on Terror (Council on Foreign Relations, 2005, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (Council on Foreign Relations, 2002, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); and How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War (PublicAffairs, 2001, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); “Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy,” International Security (Winter 2000/2001); “Conservatism and American Foreign Policy: Present Laughter vs. Utopian Bliss,” the National Interest (Fall 1999); “It Can Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 1999); “The Rollback Fantasy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1999); and “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,” World Politics (October 1998).