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02/18/2010 Roma, Pygmies, Uyghurs and Dalits: How the UN Attempts to Protect their Interests

Roma, Pygmies, Uyghurs and Dalits: How the UN Attempts to Protect their Interests

Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minorities, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Discrimination against minority groups is a pernicious reality in all regions of the world.  The exclusion and marginalization of groups of people from the political, economic, and social mainstreams of their larger societies on the basis of their ethnicity, religion, or mother tongue is one of the leading causes of armed conflict, and a waste of human potential.  This talk will focus on the institutional mechanisms developed by the UN Human Rights Council to prevent such tragedies and protect minority groups.

02/17/2010 Economic Development in New York City: Linking Physical and Economic Transformation

The Role of Transportation in Advancing Economic Development Goals:

A conversation with New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and NYU Wagner Professor Mitchell Moss

As the links between infrastructure and economic systems become more apparent, New York City’s dense built environment and transportation network make for a unique case study in the interplay of these systems. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has long recognized the importance of infrastructure investment in efforts to advancr the vibrancy and strength of the city’s economy.

Join us to learn more about initiatives underway at NYCEDC with President Seth Pinsky, when he will discuss his organization’s work with one of NYU’s most prolific professors, Mitchell Moss.

02/16/2010 TANF Reauthorization: The Future of TANF and Social Safety Nets in America

Presented by the NYU Wagner Women of Color Policy Network.

In September 2010, Congress will reauthorize the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or “TANF” and have the opportunity to strengthen the economic security and well-being of women and children.  Reauthorization comes at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the national unemployment rate continues to climb and the number of women and families living at or below the federal poverty line is increasing.

Join us for a moderated discussion with Margaret Simms, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and Avis Jones-Deweever of NCNW’s Research, Public Policy, and Information Center to explore the goals and priorities for reauthorization and what must be done to improve the safety net for women and families. Opening remarks by Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum.

02/11/2010 Teacher Quality: The Key to Closing the Achievement Gap?

Presented by the Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) and the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) Student Groups.

This panel discussion will explore how traditional public schools and charter schools attract and retain top talent. Panelists will discuss the effects of merit pay, alternative certification, lowering barriers to entry, improved training, teacher accountability and other education reforms on improving teacher quality and student outcomes.

Light refreshments will follow.

02/11/2010 Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

Andrew Rasmussen, assistant professor, NYU School of Medicine; research director, Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program
Global public health may involve some degree of political advocacy, particularly for those health problems associated with abuse of a population by political authorities.  A case example is presented in which doctors and psychologists undertook a forensic assessment of a population of Sikhs in Punjab, India, in support of a class action lawsuit alleging gross violations of human rights.

02/04/2010 Black and Jewish Communal Relations: Remembering the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future

Presented by the Black Student Alliance (BSA), the Jewish Wagner Professional Association (JeWPA) Student Groups and the NYU Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action and the Women of Colory Policy Network.

This series aims to explore the rich shared history of the Black and Jewish communities in America, to have a conversation about the current state of the relationship, and to begin a dialogue about future collaboration and cooperation for bettering our communities.  The kickoff event includes a screening of "From Swastika to Jim Crow" and a facilitated discussion about the documentary and the historical context of the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities in America.
Light refreshments will be served.

02/04/2010 Prosecuting Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity: The Weaknesses and Strengths of International Justice

Prosecuting Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity: The Weaknesses and Strengths of International Justice.

Jennifer Trahan, assistant clinical professor, Center for Global Affairs
There are now a variety of international, hybrid, and domestic tribunals prosecuting genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.  How well does each work?  Are they prosecuting crimes correctly?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current system? This talk gives an overview of the work of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, as well as the Iraqi High Tribunal (a domestic Iraqi tribunal).

02/03/2010 Smart Grid For Smart Cities

Building a smart electric power grid will be one of the great achievements of our time. But getting there will challenge utilities, government, investors and innovators alike. While public attention has started to consider smart grids at the national scale, the urban scale is where success or failure will be found. Using New York as a living laboratory, this conference will explore what it would take for a smart city to construct a smart grid.

Sponsors: The Sallan Foundation , CUNY Institute for Urban SystemsNew York League of Conservation Voters and NYU Wagner

Keynote Presentation: Robert Catell (Chair, New York State Smart Grid Consortium) and
Jay Worenklein (Founder, US Power Generating Company)

Panel One: Farshad Khorrami (Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, NYU-Poly), Sanjoy Banerjee, Ph.D. (Director, Energy Institute, City College of New York-CUNY) and Jane Snowdon, Ph.D. (Senior, Manager, Industry Solutions and Emerging Business, IBM).

Panel Two: Reza Ghafurian (Con Edison); William Hery (Co-Director, ISIS Lab and Adjunct Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, NYU-Poly); Ramesh Karri (Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU-Poly); and James Gallagher (Senior V.P., NYC Economic Development Corporation).

Panel Three: Dr. Stephen Hammer (Executive Director, JUCCCE Energy Smart Cities Initiative, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

Moderators: Nancy Anderson, (Executive Director, the Sallan Foundation), Michael Bobker (CUNY Institute for Urban Systems), Marcia Bystryn (President, New York League of Conservation Voters) Rae Zimmerman (Professor, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, ICIS, and NYUPoly CRISSP)

RSVP: Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Registration begins January 4, 2010.

Breakfast begins at 8:00 AM. Program begins at 8:30.

02/01/2010 The 11th annual Irving H. Jurow Lecture, "The Fate of Conservatism with Sam Tanenhaus
02/01/2010 Impact or Bias? Measuring Cause and Effect in Jewish Education

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents a lecture by Dr. Adam Gamoran, Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin

 Education researchers have become increasingly aware of the challenges of measuring the impact of educational practices, programs, and policies. Too often what appears to be cause and effect may actually reflect pre-existing differences between program participants and non-participants.  A variety of strategies are available to surmount this challenge, but the strategies are often costly and difficult to implement.  Examples from general and Jewish education will highlight the challenges, identify strategies that respond to the challenges, and suggest how the difficulties posed by these strategies may be addressed.

You may attend this event live or via webinar. To sign up for the webinar, click here

01/28/2010 Wagner Across USA - D.C.

Washington, D.C.

01/28/2010 Starting a NY Charter School

Ever thought about starting your own charter school or joining a charter school planning team?  Find out how to turn that idea into action in a one-hour session facilitated by Dirk Tillotson, director of the New School Incubator for the New York Charter School Association (NYCSA). This event will offer a crash course in what you need to know before endeavoring to start your own New York school followed by a Q&A session. All education entrepreneurs are welcome.

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) Student Group.

01/28/2010 Taking humanity in war beyond international laws

Taking humanity in war beyond international laws

Sarah Holewinski, executive director, CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict)

The vast majority of war’s civilian survivors receive no help, as the Laws of War are silent on what should happen after the bombs have dropped.  There is no expectation that warring parties will record casualties, officially recognize them or provide assistance to survivors.  Civilians lawfully harmed are often left with nothing.  Shouldn’t we ask ourselves if, as an international community devoted to the dignity of the human being, we owe war’s survivors something more?  CIVIC is arguing for a new standard of conduct –one that expects warring parties to "make amends" to the civilians they harm.  Sarah Holewinski will highlight examples of this principle already in practice and discuss how, when taken together, these practices show an emerging normative behavior in warfare.

01/27/2010 Sherrybaby and Reproductive Justice: A Film Screening and Conversation on a Vital, Cutting-Edge Social Movement

Wagner Women's Caucus Student Group and the Ms. Foundation for Women co-sponsor a screening of the 2006 award-winning film Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Think you know about Reproductive Rights? Let’s talk about Reproductive Justice!

The gains made by the movement for Reproductive Rights over the past 30 years are undeniable.  Now, as we move into the 21st Century, conversations are changing.  The Reproductive Justice Movement responds to the wide range of life experiences that shape women’s reproductive health and decision making.

Discussion will highlight the ground-breaking work of Ms. Foundation grantee partners including: Migrant Health Promotion and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Wine and light appetizers will be served.

Cocktails at 6 PM, Screening 6:45 – 8:00 PM

01/25/2010 Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

This is a critical time where there is extraordinary opportunity for revitalizing America’s surface transportation system.  The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) has begun dialogues across the country highlighting recommendations of its recent report "Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy."  These discussions help influence the direction of federal surface transportation policy, bringing together state transportation officials, federal and state legislators, academics, the business community, and other key transportation stakeholders and interest groups in a conversation about the need for reform in the next federal surface transportation bill.

Speakers and panelists include:
- Timothy Gilchrist, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Transportation, New York State
- Joseph Marie, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation
- Janette Sadik-Khan,  Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
- Kate Slevin, Executive Director,  Tri-State Transportation Campaign

The NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is pleased to join the BPC hosting a New York City event as part of this important series.  The BPC was formed in 2007 to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics, and business leaders in the art of principled compromise.

01/22/2010 Innovative Approaches to Parking and Land Use in Urban Areas

Innovative Approaches to Parking and Land Use in Urban Areas:

A conversation with UCLA’s renowned parking expert Donald Shoup and Sandy Hornick, the New York Department of City Planning Deputy Executive Director for Strategic Planning.

There has been a great deal of discussion about free parking and its economic and quality-of-life implications in recent years. Increasing stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of the issue in order to modify existing policies is complex and demands significant rethinking of typical American approaches to parking.

Join us for a discussion with UCLA Professor and leading parking scholar Donald Shoup, author of the influential book The High Cost of Free Parking, and Sandy Hornick, of New York’s Department of City Planning. Listen in as they discuss the opportunities and constraints presented by parking policy reform and land use regulation in urban areas like New York City.

01/20/2010 Inspiring Students in an Era of Accountability

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group.

This event will feature a panel of educators who will discuss how they work within or around new accountability systems to creatively motivate and inspire students to succeed in achieving their dreams. Panelists will include:

Julie Gronquist, Special Services Coordinator at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School, a charter school in Brooklyn

Gavin Nangle, History Teacher at Facing History School, which uses alternative forms of assessment in lieu of the Regents

Melanie Lee, Cohort 13 NYC Teaching Fellow and ESL Teacher at High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, the nation's first ELL immersion high school of its kind

Lucille Rivin, Senior Project Manager of the In-Class Enrichment Project at The Leadership Program and Director of BISCEP (Bronx Initiative for Small Schools Character Education Program) and ATLAS (Arts through Leadership at Schools)

01/19/2010 Inspiration in Public Service: Celebrating Martin Luther King's Vision

Please Join the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

This year, New York University is hosting its 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week and the theme is “Who will you inspire to dream?”  Last year’s BSA MLK event focused on the connection between MLK’s vision and President Obama’s vision for the United States and what we can do as students of public service to carry on this vision.

This year, given the theme, BSA hopes to share stories of inspiration from people working in the area of social justice/reform with Wagner students. We will have speakers in the field discuss what inspired them in connection to MLK’s vision for our country and recognize them for thier work.

12/04/2009 Ode To Luther Gulick: Span of Control And Organizational Performance

Ode To Luther Gulick: Span of Control And Organizational Performance

ASPA John Gaus award-winning scholar of public management explores the missed opportunities of important empirical research lost in  the debate over “principles of organization” associated with Luther Gulick.

With Kenneth J. Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair of Liberal Arts and Director of the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance, Dept. of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Dan Smith

12/04/2009 The Old "New Public Administration"

The Old “New Public Administration”

One of the founders of the “New Public Administration" will reflect on the debt of the field to a founder of the Old Public Administration.

With H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Paul Light

12/04/2009 Public Administration: the First Hundred Years

Public Administration: the First Hundred Years
The IPA Archive as a Resource for Contemporary Researchers

With Daniel Williams, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College and IPA Archivist

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Dall Forsythe, former IPA Board Chair

12/03/2009 Participatory Filmmaking in Africa

Presented by the Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the FilmAid Club NYU Student Groups.

This event aims to facilitate a conversation around participatory filmmaking, a method that has been used by many NGOs to involve communities in the developing world in shaping and creating their own films for the sake of exploring issues, voicing concerns, educating community members, and sharing stories. 

Some have lauded successes seen through enabling change and empowerment in a creative and constructive way, via film.  These films have primarily taken the form of media such as public service announcements and film shorts, though they have also been created into full-length documentaries.

Guest Panelists:

Alison Fast, Program Director, Barefoot Workshops

Lauren Goodsmith, Program Director, Communication for Change (C4C)

Chandler Griffin, Founder & Director, Barefoot Workshops

Steve Mendelsohn, Executive Director, FilmAid International



12/03/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Karl Hofman, President & CEO, Population Services International
12/02/2009 Address by the Honorable Kim Wan Joo, Governor of Jeollabuk-do Province, Republic of South Korea

You are invited to an address by the honorable Kim Wan Joo, Governor of Jeollabuk-do Province, Republic of South Korea

Jeollabuk-do Province is the site of the Saemangeum Project, "the large land-reclamation project in Asia since the construction of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong's new airport, which opened in 1998. " (Boston Globe).

RSVP required.  Light lunch will be served.

11/25/2009 World Class Streets for a World City

“World-Class Streets for a World City: a conversation with DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Department of City Planning Chief Designer Alexandros Washburn, and NYU professor Hilary Ballon”


November 25, 2009

Breakfast starts at 8:00 am.  Conversation runs from 8:30 am to 9:45am.

295 Lafayette Street.  The Puck Building, 2nd Fl.

(Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue)

New York, NY 10012-9604

Join us for a discussion led by Professor Hilary Ballon with Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan and Alexandros Washburn, the Department of City Planning Chief of Design, on New Visions for the City’s Streets. 


For decades, the city restricted itself to a utilitarian design approach to its streets.  Commissioner Sadik-Khan and the City's Chief of Design, Alex Washburn, are bringing new and more sophisticated approaches to the challenge of urban design in constrained fiscal times.   Together with Professor Hilary Ballon, they will discuss recent and upcoming proposals to establish new guidelines for creating world-class city streets that are tailored to the varied and complex conditions of New York City.  Listen in on a conversation among these leading thinkers and practitioners about the unique opportunities that are generated when limited resources, pressing infrastructure needs, and a passion for great design merge together to create new and invigorating public spaces for New York City.