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09/15/2011 “The Use of Intelligence in Terrorist Prosecutions”

“The Use of Intelligence in Terrorist Prosecutions”
Dr. David Scharia, Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, United Nations Security Council

09/15/2011 Brademas Center: Schwartz Lecture on Congress - A Dialogue on Religious Freedom (Washington, DC)


09/13/2011 Islam in America: The Next 10 Years

Islam in America: The Next 10 Years

Irshad Manji in conversation with John Avlon


Join Irshad Manji, Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner, and John Avlon, Senior Columnist for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, as they examine how a new generation, both Muslim and non-Muslim, can re-shape post-9/11 America.  


In her new book, Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path to reconciling faith and freedom — and she does so by showing us all how to develop "moral courage," the willingness to speak up when everyone else wants to shut you up. John Avlon, a leading voice of young independents, is a CNN contributor. In his book, Wingnuts, Avlon illustrates how "the lunatic fringe" is hijacking America.

Followed by book signing and reception.   

09/13/2011 Reborn: 9/11 Gallery Exhibition

Reborn: 9/11 Gallery Exhibition

Human consciousness is finite. Each of us lives for only a passing moment. Perhaps this ephemerality, obvious in the wake of 9/11, compels us to search for the meaning of our existence. For this exhibit, “Reborn,” each artist has been asked to exhibit work that is their memory/reaction. The artists are a community, a diverse and interesting group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate artists from the Art and Art Professions Department of the Steinhardt School.

The Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Steinhardt School have gotten to know each other through the vehicle of art. Cutting across traditional lines is what often brings people together.

07/07/2011 Opening Reception: "Position of Conflict" - Gallery Space at Wagner

The Gallery Space at Wagner is pleased to announce the opening of "Position of Conflict," our fifth and closing exhibition of the 2010-2011 season. Curated by Drew McKenzie, in association with Ann Chwatsky and Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, this dynamic group exhibit is a collaborative project between the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the College of Arts and Science at New York University. It features mixed-media works by nine emerging New York City artists: Jonathan Donaldson, Nick Etre, Graham Hamilton, Seth Hamlin, Alex LaLiberte, Drew G. McKenzie, Carolyn Park, Ken Q. Volk IV, and Jordan Walczak.

With boldness and a distinctive flair for the experimental, the artists contributing to "Position of Conflict" resort to an eclectic array of traditional and unconventional materials to create pieces that explore the notion of duality and opposition and the ever-shifting relationship between artist and the institutions that frame and display art. Painting, drawing, sculptural installation, collage, and audio and video recording are among the mediums selected to explore such intriguing dichotomies as private/public, classical/contemporary, process/product, female/male, and artist/curator.

06/14/2011 Alternative Fuel Vehicles Technologies & Infrastructure - Bringing innovation to our streets

The Rudin Center for Transportation invites you to its upcoming conference, "Alternative Fuel Vehicles Technologies & Infrastructure - Bringing innovation to our streets," that will be held on June 14, 2011 at the NYU Kimmel Center. With the transportation sector as one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, there is increased public interest in finding cleaner mobility options, including the use of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) technologies.

Co-sponsored by Con Edison, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Energy and Research Authority, this event seeks to contribute to the public’s understanding of AFV current technologies and innovations, by analyzing their strengths, limitations and the required infrastructure for their broad deployment. Speakers will discuss market conditions and current challenges in promoting these new technologies, including infrastructure investments. The closing panel will discuss policies and strategies that foster the broad deployment of AFV technologies in the United States.

For further information email

05/26/2011 Wagner Alumni Happy Hour

Join Wagner Alumni for Happy Hour at Sweet and Vicious Bar located at 5 Spring Street (b/w Bowery & Elizabeth).

Enjoy opportunity for conversation & networking in the great outdoor space.

05/25/2011 GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] Design speaker series and exhibition
05/10/2011 2011 Capstone Expo

The Capstone program is a valuable service that Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world.

Join us for this year's Capstone Expo, where students will display summaries of their work.

Reception to follow - 6.30 to 7.30pm 

05/06/2011 American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter Student Presentations

Select teams of urban planning graduate students from Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, Pratt, and Rutgers will present the exciting studio projects they have completed this year. A jury of professionals from the private, government, and nonprofit sectors will be on-hand to offer insight on the students' work.

Light refreshments will be served.

05/06/2011 IPSA Food Fest

A fun international food potluck and party to bring together all Wagner students with international interests. Bring your favorite food from your own country, the country of your ancestors, or a place you've visited. To be preceded by Faculty Student Trivia.

05/06/2011 Latino Urbanism: A Conversation with Professor Clara Irazábal

The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) at NYU Wagner present a lively conversation with Urban and International Planning Professor Clara Irazábal from Columbia University, as we open a dialogue about ethnic placemaking, how the next population majorities will shape the urban fabric in the US, and the role of politics of culture in urban planning. The Event will provide a space for participants to discuss the importance of place-making to the urban planning profession, with examples from Latin America and the Caribbean. Followed by a special musical performance by NYU student and Quatrista Mario Cancel.

**Refreshments will be provided**

About the Speaker:
Clara Irazábal, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and has two Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the UC Berkeley and the Universidad Central de Venezuela, respectively. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and the US; and has lectured in many other countries.

Irazábal situates her scholarship at the intersection of planning and urban design as fields of practice, and urban/cultural and Latino/Latin American studies as a mode of inquiry. Her work is concerned with exploring the politics of cultures and the cultures of politics of urban design and planning processes and practices, often in comparative terms. Thus, she explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking. Irazábal is especially interested in uncovering the dialectic tensions among issues of power, knowledge, and subjectivities as they relate to space: the cultural politics of placemaking. She primarily focuses on Latin American cities and Latino communities in the US.

05/03/2011 WOCPN Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception

The Women of Color Policy Network presents the Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception.

Join Dean Ellen Schall (NYU Wagner), faculty, students, alumni and the staff of the Women of Color Policy Network to celebrate the end of the year and congratulate Wagner’s 2011 women of color graduates.

The cost is free for Wagner students. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28th.

Founded in 2000 by Walter Stafford as part of the Roundtable of Institutions of People of Color, the Women of Color Policy Network, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is the country’s only research and policy institute focusing on women of color, their families and communities at a nationally ranked top ten public policy school. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data on women of color that is used to inform public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels. The Network also serves as a hub for women of color scholars, leaders and practitioners.

For more information about the Network, please visit:

05/03/2011 Mobilizing Unpaid Village Volunteers to Fix Primary Education in India: Experiences from Pratham

Wagner's Office of International Programs and the International Public Service Association are pleased to host Shayak Banerjee from Pratham. This organization works in 258 out of the 626 districts in India, primarily using unpaid volunteers from local communities but also Government teachers in bringing about a large scale improvement in learning levels of primary school going children in India.

How does Pratham manage to run a program at such a large scale but at a low cost? How does it ensure quality of delivery at such as large scale? How has Pratham succeeded in generating 62,000 volunteers in a country in which many believe the so-called “spirit of volunteerism” does not exist. And how does Pratham attempt to get communities, many of whose members are illiterate or barely literate, involved in education? Shayak Banerjee, head of the Program Review and Management Unit at Pratham will describe Pratham’s approach and model and attempt to answer some of the questions posed above, drawing from his experiences of having observed and reviewed Pratham programs across India.

05/03/2011 Brown Bag Lunch with the Director of Public Events for the Queens Museum of Art

Interested in how arts and cultural institutions are innovating the ways they engage with their communities and contributing to community development initiatives? 

Prerana Reddy from the Queens Museum of Art helped spearhead a unique model of museum-community relations and has used the experience to develop further leadership and career opportunities inside and outside of the museum.  Join us for an informal brown bag lunch to learn more about the cutting edge programs and opportunities in this growing field of arts and social change.  Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City for the past six years, where she organizes screenings, talks, festivals, performances, and new commissions and residencies, a third of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers. She is also in charge of the museum's community engagement initiatives which combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis. Currently she is overseeing Corona Studio, a series of long-term socially-enagaged artist residencies in the neighborhood where the Musuem is located, which will act as case-studies for the development of a social practice concentration for the MFA program at Queens College.

05/02/2011 Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

The Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) invites you to: Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

Join three veterans of international finance for an off-the-record, free-wheeling discussion of geopolitics, the global marketplace, and U.S. power. After taking an unflinching look at the current state of the world economy, they’ll offer invaluable advice on building a successful career that allows you to pursue your policy interests at a high level.

Panelists include:

Joseph Glatt: General Counsel for Apollo Capital Markets

Roy J. Katzovicz: Partner, Investment Team Member and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management

Daniel Leger: Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Geosphere Capital Management, LLC

Look forward to seeing you there!

05/02/2011 Wagner Review Print and Website Launch and Ideas Exchange

Please join The Wagner Review as we celebrate the launch of Volume XVIII and our new online journal ( at our first ever Ideas Exchange. The Ideas Exchange is a forum for published authors and NYU Wagner community members to propose and discuss new public service solutions.

Our Ideas Exchange and Launch will be held on Monday, May 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. In addition to the Ideas Exchange, we will unveil this year's print journal and the online journal; recognize and thank authors, staff, and supporters; and provide time for networking. We will provide light refreshments.

The work in Volume XVIII re-envisions the public sector. It includes a special section on social policy; empirical studies on U.S. agricultural and income support policies; explorations of invisible and inconspicuous infrastructure; implementation of policies in urban governments in NYC and beyond; and political development in North Africa.

Volume XVIII and the online journal include the work of the following authors, all students and alumnae/i representing the range of research conducted at NYU Wagner:

Zayne Abdessalam, Fernando Henao, and Shana Wright
Douglas Coulter
Allison Curreri, Megan Turek, and Samantha Wright
Timothy Farrell
Alexander Habib
Felicity Loome
Brianne Lute
David Colby Reed
Amalea Smirniotopoulos
Elizabeth Wolff, M.D.; Kristin Van Busum; Rebecca DiBennardo; Blanca Esquivel; and Alissa Vladimir
Alexander J. Wolk
Michelle R. Wong

Invited presenters will be announced soon!

04/28/2011 Wisconsin in New York? Politics, Policy & the Public Interest: A Public Debate


04/28/2011 From Influence to Power: Public Service Leadership Diversity Forum

From Influence to Power: Public Service Leadership Diversity Forum

Co-sponsored by RCLA and the National Urban Fellows
NYU Kimmel Center, 9th Floor, 60 Washington Square South, New York City

Though growing in population, people of color remain underrepresented in public service leadership, an issue that can and must be resolved if we are to effectively change our nation’s most pressing social issues—from education to health, environment and justice. Our country is now composed of one-third, or 34 percent, people of color—a population that the US Census estimates will grow to 54 percent by 2042.

However, only 16 percent of federal government leadership positions are held by people of color, and on the state level, only 15 percent of statewide elective executive positions are held by people of color. Moreover, only 18 percent of nonprofit leadership positions are filled by people of color, and only 17 percent of foundation executives are people of color.

When current disparities in public service leadership are addressed, the public service sector will have greater ability and appeal to people of color with the leadership skills to solve social policy dilemmas. The participation of people of color and the infusion of diverse voices and experiences into decision-making processes ensure a sense of cultural competency and effectiveness within policy-based solutions to social issues.

This dialogue focused on diverse leadership in public service. At the event, we released two new reports, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion: Insights from Scholarship and Advancing Diversity in Public Service: A Review of Leadership Development Programs in the US.

The event also marked the announcement of NUF's new Public Service Leadership Diversity Initiative, a nationwide campaign for an inclusive paradigm of public service leadership.

04/27/2011 Poverty Discussion Group - Earned Income Tax Credit

The Poverty Discussion Group brings together students interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions 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.

This month's discussion will feature Dr. Cynthia Miller, Senior Research Associate at MDRC, who will discuss the impact of the EITC based on her work with MDRC’s Director, Gordon Berlin.

04/26/2011 Distorted Images, Uneven Policies: How the Media Shape Public Policy Outcomes

From the newly passed Arizona immigration law to TANF reauthorization, media representations of groups and individuals can have a powerful impact on public policy outcomes at the state and federal levels. These images and narratives that the media-at-large shape and disseminate bear tremendous weight on public opinion and how policymakers respond to some of the greatest challenges of our time. Support for social policies for low-income and marginalized communities can be especially sensitive to the language, images and tone employed by the media.

Join national experts as they discuss the media’s influence in shaping public perceptions of poverty, immigration and other pressing social issues. They will also explore the ways in which race, gender, and class intersect in media constructions of the poor as well as ways to use the media to generate support for inclusive public policies.

Andrew Grant-Thomas, PhD, Deputy Director, Kirwan Institute
Janine Jackson, Program Director, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Peter Parisi, PhD, Film and Media Department Program Head, Hunter College
Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Applied Research Center

C. Nicole Mason, PhD, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

04/26/2011 IPSA Off-The-Record with former Icelandic Parliament Member Agust Olafur Agustsson

Agust Olafur Agustsson, a Wagner student and a former member of the Icelandic Parliament, will talk about his experience as a legislator when the global financial crisis began. Agustsson was the chairman of the Bank and Trade Committee at a time when Iceland suffered its biggest economical blow. He also served as vice-chairman of the Social Democratic Party, one of two parties that formed Iceland´s government at the time.

Agustsson will discuss the policy decisions Iceland made in the aftermath of the collapse as well as the following issues:
1) What effect did the collapse of the Lehman Brothers have on the Icelandic and European economy?
2) How did it come about that the sixth richest country in the world found itself in the position of searching for IMF´s assistance? In the past 30 years, no Western country had done that. Since then, however, Ireland, Greece and Portugal are all in the same tough position.
3) Why did UK decide to use its Anti-Terrorism Act against Iceland, but that had never been done before between two NATO allies?
4) Iceland has a population of 320,000. The bankruptcy of the three major banks from Iceland caused a bigger bankruptcy than Enron did. The size of the U.K. economy in 2008 was around 175 times bigger than Iceland´s and the U.S.´s was around 1100 times bigger. How could this have happened?
5) From a foreign policy perspective it is interesting to note that the US did not intervene and that Iceland decided to seek help from Russia and China, which caused some concern among Iceland´s western allies.
6) Should the taxpayers pay for the deposits of privately owned banks?

04/25/2011 The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: A New Middle East: How Should the West Respond?

Featuring Ed Husain

Ed Husain is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work focuses on international threats from radicalization, extremism, and terrorism. Previously, Mr. Husain was cofounder and codirector of Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-radicalization think tank. He also served as a language instructor at the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Formerly an activist of Jamat-e-Islami, Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), and Muslim Brotherhood front organizations in the United Kingdom, Mr. Husain has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism. He is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas.

He has been a frequent commentator for Newsweek, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, al-Jazeera, The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, Prospect, New Statesman, The Independent, and The Jewish Chronicle, among others. He is also the author of The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), a finalist for the George Orwell prize for political writing. His next book will be The Sufis (Penguin, forthcoming in 2012).

Born and raised in London, Mr. Husain has a master’s degree in Middle East studies from SOAS, University of London.

04/23/2011 Foreclosure Rescue Fair: A Volunteer Event With WEFA

WEFA (Wagner Economic and Finance Association) invites you to join us for a day of volunteering to help avert and prevent Foreclosure!

The purpose of the Rescue Fair, hosted by the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc, is to provide access to information and resources for families who are concerned about becoming delinquent on their mortgage obligations or who are currently delinquent and possibly facing foreclosure. Some of the partners and lenders in the fair include the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities, NYC Council Member Leroy Comrie, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo/Wachovia.

The overall strategy of the fair is to support community-based efforts to provide home retention services to low and moderate income and multicultural families at risk of foreclosure.

Volunteer activities might include greeting, running registration/check-in, and overall monitoring of workshops.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.

PLEASE BE ON TIME AT 8:00 am. Be sure to check-in with Adam Drucker, VP of Events for WEFA

04/22/2011 Uncover and Speak Out: Systemic Violence Against LGBTQ Communities From a Global Perspective

LGBTQ activists and advocates around the world have achieved unprecedented headway in the recognition, promotion and respect of human rights. Progressive governments have deliberated over and even passed legislation seeking to eviscerate discrepancies in health care access, grant marriage and partnering rights, foster safety and promote decriminalization. Some countries are following a road map toward more egalitarian societies, where being LGBTQ-identified is not a factor of exclusion or discrimination. However, despite this outstanding progress, LGBT communities throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to different types of systemic violence, human rights abuses and threats.

This event will follow the Fishbowl format, in which speakers will have a dialogue in a circle at the center of the room. Later in the presentation, interested audience members can briefly join the circle in order to share their expertise and responses, based in their own experiences. After audience members have a chance to share, our invited speakers will have final words.

Panelists to Include:
Pamela Denzer
, Immigration Equality
Breana George, NYU Wagner
Thokozani Ndaba, Ford Foundation International Fellow 2010, NYU Steinhardt
Faraz Sanei, Human Rights Watch
Sandra Villalobos, Vera Institute of Justice

Moderated by:
Karina Claudio, Make the Road New York

Speakers will discuss the following questions:
What are the manifestations of systemic violence against LGBTQ individuals and communities in the different regions of the world?
Which factors are fueling and exacerbating the violence?
What can be done to lessen the violence against LGBTQ communities in a sustainable way?

Alliance of Latin American Students, Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, International Public Service Association, Stonewall Policy Alliance, Wagner International Students Society, Wagner Intersectionality Studies Is Essential, Wagner Student Association for Africa

Refreshments will be provided.