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04/15/2010 Parapolitics in Colombia: The Infiltration of Paramilitary Groups in the Electoral and Political Systems

Co-sponsored by the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU

Join a discussion with Claudia Lopez and moderated by Michael Gilligan about the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the political systems in Colombia. Since 2006, the judicial system in Colombia has investigated more than 334 public officers for alleged links with mafias and other illegal armed groups. So far, 21 of them have been sentenced. Based on judicial, journalistic and academic evidence, this research inquires about the methods used by different illegal groups (left wing guerrillas, right wing paramilitaries and other mafias) to co-opt political processes and to usurp State institutions and operations, regionally and nationally. It also compares the factors that could determine the differences in approach, range and success of such methods, and their influence in changing Colombia’s political, institutional and constitutional structure during the last 20 years.

Claudia Lopez: Claudia López is one of the most respected Colombian journalists and political analysts. Her research on the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the Colombian Congress triggered a national scandal known as parapolítica, which led to the legal investigation of more than a third of all members of Congress. She subsequently helped found the Electoral Observatory Mission, a coalition of NGOs and journalists that monitors political processes in Colombia, and also currently works for the Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris as an analyst of illegal groups and armed conflict. Her courageous dedication to strengthening human rights and the rule of law makes her one of the most well-known contributors to democratic development in Colombia today. Claudia holds an MPA degree from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and was a Yale World Fellow in 2009.

Michael Gilligan: Associate Professor of Politics working in the NYU Department of Politics at the Graduate School of Arts and Science.  His research interests are in international relations, the political economy, international organizations, and peacekeeping.

04/15/2010 Mike Smart, PhD Candidate

Mike Smart, PhD Candidate

Since the liberalization of federal immigration policy in the late 1960s, immigrants have comprised an ever-larger share of the U.S. population. Currently, roughly one in eight residents of the United States was born abroad, and—despite a massive economic downturn—that share continues to grow. Researchers have shown that immigrants travel differently that the native-born, using carpools, transit, and non-motorized modes significantly more than their native-born counterparts. Even after controlling for covariates such as income, residential location, and auto availability, immigrants’ exhibit a significantly increased propensity to use these “alternative” modes.

04/14/2010 Asian Pacific Americans in Public Service and the Community Career Panel and Networking Reception

Are you a student or mid-career professional interested in working in the non-profit or public sector? API panelists in a variety of public service professions -- such as nonprofit management, elected office, and philanthropy -- will discuss their careers and unique experiences of being API in these fields. Followed by a networking reception and opportunity to talk with the panelists.

Featured speakers:

Margaret Chin, New York City Council Member, District 1

Steven Choi, Executive Director of YKASEC/Minkwon Community Action Center

C.K. Chung, Senior Account Manager, NYC Business Solutions, Seedco

Anita Gundanna, Deputy Director, Fund for Social Change

Refreshments and wine will be served!

Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF) Action Council and NYU Wagner Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA)

04/14/2010 Building Sustainable Communities: The EPA Agenda

Building Sustainable Communities: The EPA Agenda

A conversation with Judith A. Enck, Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Region 2 covers the incredibly diverse territory of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally-recognized Indian Nations, home to a total of more than 31 million people. The Administrator will discuss her agency's efforts to promote healthy communities and ecosystems throughout the region, and touch on implications for transportation systems.

In a career devoted to public service, Ms. Enck has served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for New York State, Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, and Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York.

04/07/2010 The 14th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Identifying and Managing High-Cost Patients

Sponsored by NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service


Ronald A. Paulus, MD, MBA

Executive Vice President,
Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer
Geisinger Health System

John Billings, Ph.D
Professor of Health Policy and Public Service,
NYU Wagner


Anthony Kovner, Ph.D.

Professor of Public and Health Management,
NYU Wagner

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
Limited seating available.

04/05/2010 A Tale of Two Cities, and of Climate Change: Future Sea Level Projections in New York and Abu Dhabi
Our global atmosphere and ocean have been observed to warm moderately over the past century, and are reliably projected to warm more significantly over the coming century.  The vast amounts of ice stored in the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets are thereby under threat of partially melting and significantly raising global sea level over the present century and beyond, potentially flooding low lying cities like New York and Abu Dhabi.  A scientific research program is outlined that seeks to transform our present ignorance of basic earth science processes relating to ice sheets and sea level into a fundamental new understanding and predictive capability. David Holland Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Director, Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, NYU
04/05/2010 2010 Census: Snapshot of America?

Lower income and mobile populations, including individuals involved with the criminal justice system, are frequently undercounted by the Census. This disparity magnifies the inequities already existing within communities, leading to underfunding of critical services and infrastructure as well as under-representat ion in government. On April 5, 2010, SCJR will host an event titled, 2010 Census: Snapshot of America?, which will engage the Wagner community and demographic experts in a discussion about how to make the 2010 Census more just and reflective of historically undercounted communities. We invite you to participate in the discussion and make an enduring difference in your community by getting involved and staying informed.

The panelists include:
Ryan Kim, Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Jeremy Saunders, Lead Organizer, NYC AIDS Housing Authority
Martha E. Chavez, Coordinator of Advocacy and Organizing, NICE New Immigrant Community Empowerment

04/05/2010 Why is Muslim Extremism Attractive? And How to do We Uproot it?

Why is Muslim Extremism Attractive? And How to do We Uproot it?

Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, and author of The Islamist.

Ed Husain, the celebrated author of ‘The Islamist’, shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize for best political writing, is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas. 

Formerly an activist of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) and Jamat-e-Islam front organizations in the UK, Ed has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism.  Since publication of his book in 2007, Ed regularly contributes to media discussions on Islam, Muslims, identity, terrorism, and multiculturalism.

04/01/2010 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Abraham George, Founder, The George Foundation
03/31/2010 Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

In the 1990s Charter schools emerged as the answer to failing public schools in urban cities. Most recently, President Obama called charter schools a strategy to promote excellence and innovation in public education.  This panel will map the growth of the Charter school movement in the United States; explore the impact of Charter schools on communities and the public education system; discuss the challenges schools face in providing adequate resources and offering competitive salaries on a limited budget and probe whether or not they are the answer to reform a failing system.

Moderated by Michael Duffy, Director of the Charter School Office for the New York City Department of Education


Natasha Campbell, Founder/Executive Director, Summit Academy Charter School

Aretha Miller, Senior Director, School Support, New York City Charter School Center

Lesley Esters Redwine, Vice President of External Relations, Achievement First

Brittiny Sessions, Founding Board Chair of the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School

03/29/2010 Africa Development: Whose Ownership?

After centuries of colonization and imposed miracle solutions that were to save developing nations, the importance of ownership in development cannot be overstated. However, the question of “whose ownership” is far from straightforward. With millions of Africans spread across the globe from China to Australia to the United States, Africa is no longer limited to the physical boundaries of the continent. Many young Africans whose parents have left in search of a better future are now faced with the question of who will help develop Africa. What does ownership in development mean? Is development a shared responsibility? Or is it the responsibility of Africans? Does it include the Diaspora? What can the Diaspora do?

How can we increase the role of Diaspora in African development? Who are the other actors and what role should they play? What is the role of African people and how can that be enhanced?

Panelists include:
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange – Former Ambassador to Rwanda. Ms. Mukanyange is now working as Rwanda representative to UNEP. She has been a very strong advocate of women's rights in Rwanda and promoted girl’s education during her time as president of the Rwanda Association of University Women. She speaks about the need for the international community to recognize and encourage Rwanda's ability to rebuild itself as a nation rather than be eternally reliant on aid.

Andrew Garza – Founder and Director of Titaguya Schools in Ghana. Titagya Schools is a nonprofit organization that creates new early educational opportunities in Northern Ghana. Mr. Garza’s organization builds and operates pre-schools and kindergartens and will administer a scholarship program for children in the region.

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, Esq. – Professor and Managing Partner of Hoja Law Group.  Muna is also the Founder and Executive Director of Transitional Trade.  Hoja Law Group is specialized in assisting investors doing business in and/or investing in Africa.  She has participated in the rebranding of several countries, advising African companies as well as mentoring many African entrepreneurs.  Additionally, in the promotion of investment and good economic an corporate governance in Africa, Jacqueline is the Senior Associate with the African European Affairs Consulting group, which advises clients investing and doing business in Africa. Lastly, she has been an adjunct professor of International Law at Central Michigan University, Sociopolitics and Economics of Africa at Drexel University and Business Law at Briarcliffe College.

Ambassador Isaiah Z. Chabala – served from 1995-2000 as Zambian Ambassador to the European Union and, concurrently, to Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. He previously served as Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations(1992-95). Currently Ambassador Chabala is president and chief executive officer of Visionary Consulting Associates, New York, which specializes in sustainable and community-based development issues including poverty alleviation, gender equality, education and empowerment of women and girls, participatory interventions, and microfinance services. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and French from the University of Zambia, Lusaka, and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, School of International Affairs.


Nancy Barton –  Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education: Department Chair, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Director of the Undergraduate Program and a practicing artist who works in photography, performance, and mixed media installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the MoMA (New York), the Long Beach Museum, and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles). Her interests include feminism, post-colonial theory, and Psychoanalysis.

03/29/2010 The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

Lee Smith, Visiting Fellow, The Hudson Institute; and Middle East correspondent, The Weekly Standard. 

Many of the myths permeating Americans' understanding of the Arab world: colonialism spurred the region's ongoing turmoil; Arab liberalism is waiting for U.S. intervention; technology and democracy can be transforming are misunderstood untruths.

Drawing on analysis from his most recent book, noted journalist and expert on Arab-American affairs, Lee Smith will discuss his doctrine to help the United States corrects its long-held myths and assumptions concerning the Middle East.  

03/26/2010 Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility: Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

Lingqian Hu, Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility:  Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

My research tests whether changing urban structure has affected low-income job seekers’ labor market outcomes differentially by impacting their job accessibility. The relatively poor labor market outcomes of minorities are well-documented in the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis literature which claims that the unequal labor market outcomes are partly caused by the spatial barriers between minorities’ residences and their matching job opportunities. This research aims to expand the demographic, geographic and temporal scopes of the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis by studying low-income job seekers’ job accessibility in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in 1990 and 2000.

03/26/2010 Lunch and Third Plenary Session: The Future of the Food Industry

Lunch and Third Plenary Session: The Future of the Food Industry

03/26/2010 Opening Remarks and First and Second Plenary Sessions

10:00 – Opening Remarks and First Plenary Session.

11:40 – Second Plenary Session: The Role of International Agencies and NGOs.

03/25/2010 Black Jewish Relations: Remembering the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future

We are pleased to have Robert Kaplan, Founding Director of the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building (NYCCCB) at Jewish Community Relations Council, join us in a conversation about the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities and what  NYCCCB is currently doing to encourage coalition and community building. This also will serve as a platform for the Wagner and NYU community to come together to discuss steps that we as individuals can take to encourage dialogue and collaboration in our communities.

03/25/2010 Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa

Join us for a discussion and book launch event with the author of Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa, Deborah Brautigam. Deborah Brautigam is Associate Professor International Development at Amercian University's School of International Service.

Co-sponsored by the Development Research Institute at NYU.

03/24/2010 A Marshall Plan for Haiti: Relief, Educational Development, and Economic Recovery

The Black Student Alliance would like to invite you to join a discussion on a long-term plan on re-building and economic recovery for Haiti

Please join BSA in an enlightening and thought-provoking panel disscussion on an innovative proposal for developing a Marshall Plan for Haiti's long-term economic and educational re-builing and recovery. Dr. Ron Daniels, founder of the Haiti Support Project will discuss his long-term work in Haiti and Dr. Fabienne Doucet will discuss her work on the Haitian educational system and her stuies on Haitian students.Both speakers will discuss the current sitaution in Haiti and assess the short and long-term challenges of re-building Haiti.


Dr. Ron Daniels, Distinguised Lacturer at York College, founder of the Haiti Support Project
Dr. Fabienne Doucet, Assistant Professor of Education at the Steinhardt School of Education

Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), and Alliance of Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS) Student Groups.

03/24/2010 Applications of Complexity Theory to Leadership with Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien

This event is part of the RCLA Speaker Series, The Vanguard of Leadership: New Directions in Theory and Practice.

As the information revolution and globalization are changing the way we live and work, leadership scholars are challenged to identify frameworks for leadership appropriate to a connected and interdependent world. One area of research that helps meet this need is complexity leadership. Borrowing concepts from complexity science, complexity leadership research advances beyond traditional mechanistic and hierarchical assumptions to consider leadership processes that are dynamic, distributed, and generative. In the context of organizations, complexity leadership theory identifies new types of leadership roles, including enabling leadership, generative leadership and adaptive leadership, and describes these roles as entangled with administrative functions in organization to address adaptive needs of the organization.

This presentation will provide an overview of the emerging field of complexity leadership and then focus on complexity concepts that provide new insight to leadership, including complexity dynamics of interdependence, heterogeneity, dynamic interaction, and adaptive tension.

Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD, is the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership and Co-Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership at the University of Nebraska. Her work has been published in leading journals and books, and she has received awards from The Leadership Quarterly for her article on complexity leadership and from the Southern Management Association for her work on implicit followership theories.

03/23/2010 Segregation and Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

The Students for Criminal Justice Reform will host a panel discussion with the following distinguished panelists:

Martin F. Horn, Appointed Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Correction and Probation
Michael Mushlin, Professor, Pace Law School
Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association
Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affair and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy, Fortune Society

This distinguished group of panelists will discuss their varied perspectives on using segregation and solitary confinement policies in prison and jails.

03/23/2010 Changing Lives, Changing Communities: How the Mae Fah Luang Foundation Inspired Us to Change the World

An Exciting Event on Becoming Global Social Entrepreneurs and Learning from Experts in the Field.

For decades, traditional slash and burn agriculture and commercial opium cultivation were common practices in the Doi Tung region on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Although trade in narcotics is extremely lucrative, farmers who grow the crop in Doi Tung received meager shares. The economic situation was so grave that many become dependent on opium cultivation for survival and young girls were often driven to prostitution. To address these problems, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF) created the Doi Tung Development Project to eradicate the illicit economy by providing alternative and sustainable livelihoods, from agriculture and handicrafts to tourism and foods. The project re-invests profits into the community’s social development and has improved the quality of life for the local people significantly in the past 20 years. In 2009, the Secretary General of the MFLF, M.R. Disnadda Diskul, was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for his leadership. 

 Also in 2009, four NYU students from Wagner’s Advanced Social Entrepreneurs class traveled with their professor, Dr. Ellen McGrath, to visit the Doi Tung Development Project in Thailand, where they spent two weeks learning from the Mae Fah Luang Foundation.  They were so moved and inspired by the experience, that they decided to collaborate and write a book about the Foundation and how they could apply the lessons they had learned on their trip to their social entrepreneurial efforts back home.  And because the trip was so successful, a group of NYU students will be returning to Thailand this May through a new Global Social Entrepreneurship Field Study course.

 Please join us to learn more about the inspiring work of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and to celebrate the growing partnership between the MFLF and NYU! M.L. Dispanadda Diskul, Director of the MFLF Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will discuss the Foundation’s approach to economic development in Thailand and other projects around the world and will share some of their keys to success. The students will share some of the highlights from their experiences and the recently published book will be available for sale.

03/22/2010 On Unequal Ground: Communities of Color, Educational Disparities and Closing the Achievement Gap in Urban Cities

On Unequal Ground: Communities of Color, Educational Disparities and Closing the Achievement Gap in Urban Cities

In Urban schools, high school graduation rates are 15 percentage points lower than schools located in the suburbs. And in cities with large concentrations of working class and poor residents, the graduation rates continue to be substantially lower by over fifty percent. In Baltimore, Maryland and Detroit, Michigan, two cities with high levels of poverty, graduation rates are a meager 34 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

This panel of leading experts will explore the impact of race and socioeconomic status on educational achievement and outcomes. Panelists will also discuss historic barriers and challenges to success and access and strategies for alleviating educational disparities.

03/22/2010 A Strategy of Tactics: Counterinsurgency and the American Army

Gian Gentile, Professor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy.

The American Army's New Way of War is a method of nation-building called population centric counterinsurgency.  This New Way of War has become all of the rage in many defense and policy circles. History and the current conduct of it in Iraq and Afghanistan suggest however that population centric counterinsurgency is a highly dubious and problematic affair. 

More worrisome is that Counterinsurgency as a military method involving tactics and operations has eclipsed the American military's ability to do strategy, and as Sun Tzu once said good strategy in war is everything.  But tactics without strategy as he cautioned is "the noise before defeat."

03/11/2010 Children and Global Trafficking: a brownbag with UNICEF and SOS Kinderhof International

Children and Global Trafficking: a brownbag with UNICEF and SOS Kinderhof International

Please join the Wagner Women's Caucus for a brownbag event with UNICEF Representative, Susu Thatun, Child Protection Specialist, Migration and Trafficking and Jenessa Bryan from SOS Kinderhof International as they discuss policy solutions to the problem of child trafficking around the world. In particular, Susu and Jenssa will discuss the potential for trafficking in countries experiencing periods of upheavl, including case studies for potential for child trafficking in Haiti following the recent earthquake. We look forward to seeing you at the brownbag!

Speakers: Susu Thatun, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Migration and Trafficking and Jenessa Bryan, SOS Kinderhof International

03/10/2010 Haiti: What Next? Looking to Social Innovation for a Sustainable Future