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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03/08/2011 REDLIGHT Film Screening

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus

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

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

03/07/2011 Bullying in Schools-Critical Issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions? Please contact Maggie Raife at or Ebony Wiresinger at

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

Towards a Peacebuilding Continuum: Peace, Development, and Reconciliation

Graeme Simpson, senior adviser to director general, Interpeace.

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

Presented by NYU Wagner and Farrar Straus & Giroux

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

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

A continental breakfast will be served.

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

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

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

The panel and sessions will focus on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.