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10/26/2009 The Solutions and the Politics: Part 2

Health Care Reform, Solution, Politics and Media

In the second part of the series, Professor Paul Light will join Professor Billings and Trudy Lieberman in a discussion of the proposed solutions, and how politics and the media have shaped national debate. 

10/23/2009 Global Health Aging: <br> Are we Prepared for the Epidemic of the Aging Baby Boomers?
Join us for a dialogue across different sectors with health policy analysts, information technology innovators, public health leaders, and care delivery experts discussing how the major healthcare players are preparing for the baby boomer generation at home and across the globe. 



Jessica Frank Lopez, America Association of Retired Persons (AARP) America Association of Retired Persons, Director for the Office of International Affairs, Chairperson of the United Nations NGO Committee on Aging.

Care Delivery
Ellen Parish, VP of Quality, Isabella Geriatric Center

Information Technology
Laurie M. Orlov, A tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, Aging in Place Technology

Non Government Associations
(UGADA) Universal Gerontology and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness –Representatives from California. An organization dedicated to the concerns of the growing elderly population.

Academic and Aging Theory
Dr. Victor Rodwin, New York University Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director of the World Cities Project, a joint venture of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Q and A, and reception to follow.

10/22/2009 Exposing the Green Revolution: Myths, Realities, and Community Responses

Exposing the Green Revolution: Myths, Realities, and Community Responses

Presented by the NYU Wagner Health Program, WHY (World Hunger Year), Food & Water Watch, US Working Group on the Food Crisis and NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association (IPSA) Student Group

Despite the promises of the Green Revolution begun in the 1960s, the number of hungry people in the world has increased to over 1 billion today. Yet in the midst of the current worsening food crisis, the solutions proposed are startlingly similar to those of the past.

Join Josphat Ngonyo of the Kenyan Biodiversity Network, Bronx community gardener and food justice leader Karen Washington, and Brother David Andrews, recent Senior Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly, to discuss what went wrong with the Green Revolution and to learn about vibrant community-based solutions to hunger from Kenya to New York.

Josphat Ngonyo

A social science and communications graduate with a postgraduate in NGO management, Josphat is founding Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare.  He also founded Youth for Conservation after over 4 years of experience in conservation education with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Josphat plays a leading role in the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and their efforts to protect Kenyan farmers from the introduction of genetically modified crops.

Karen Washington
Karen Washington is a lifelong New York City resident, and has been a community activist since 1985, striving to make the Bronx a better place to live.

10/22/2009 Preventing Mass Killing: Moving Educational Theory to Policy Practice

Preventing Mass Killing: Moving Educational Theory to Policy Practice

Tucker Harding, Educational Technologist, Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), and Mark Whitlock, program coordinator, Columbia Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR)

10/21/2009 Beyond al Qaida: National Security in an Age of Globalization, Terror, and the Internet featuring Juan Zarate

The Middle East and United States Strategy Series

Beyond al Qaida: National Security in an Age of Globalization, Terror, and the Internet

Juan Zarate, Senior Advisor, Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Senior National Security Analyst, CBS News

Juan Zarate served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In that role, he was responsible for developing and overseeing the effective implementation of the U.S. government’s counterterrorism strategy. Mr. Zarate was the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes and also served as a terrorism prosecutor during the Clinton Administration.  Mr. Zarate is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a published author.

10/20/2009 Watering Egypt: Political Challenges of Water Management in an Arid Land

Watering Egypt: Political Challenges of Water Management in an Arid Land

Jessica Barnes, Ph.D. candidate, Sustainable Development, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Jessica Barnes will explore the case of water management in Egypt, taking three examples to examine the politics surrounding management of this critical resource. Barnes will examine the diversion of Nile water to reclaim desert lands, a process which has significant equity implications for which farmers get water and which farmers do not, and  the donor-driven establishment of water user associations, which raises questions about what it actually means for water users to participate in management of the resource agricultural drainage. Finally, the talk will illuminate agricultural drainage, the largely hidden subsurface flow but one of huge significance in the maintenance of land quality and prevention of salinization.

These examples will illustrate how successful water management requires an approach that incorporates actors and processes operating on multiple spatial and temporal scales.

10/20/2009 Strategic Issues Facing the Ports of New York and Dubai

Strategic Issues Facing the Ports of New York and Dubai: New York

Professor Asaf Ashar, Director, National Ports and Waterways Institute, University of New Orleans

10/19/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO of Honest Tea
10/16/2009 Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration

Presented by Wagner International Students Society (WISS) in association with Wagner Student Alliance For Africa (WSAFA)

The Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration at NYU Wagner will join the millions of people around the world that mobilize each year to demand the end of poverty. Last year, a record breaking 116 million people stood up and took action to end poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  Through this movement, the UN has set and broken the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization around a single cause in recorded history.

Wagner students and faculty will Stand Up and join the 2009 record-breaking numbers in support of the United Nations and the end of poverty. Photos and interviews will be taken to document the occasion, and they will be sent to the UN for displaying alongside other campaigns around the world.

Make NYU Wagner count! Join the growing movement and Stand with us!


10/16/2009 Setting the Agenda: the Impact of Women in Public Service

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus Student Organization

Co-Sponsored by: The Women of Color Policy Network, The International Public Service Association, The Urban Planning Student Association, and the Global Health Alliance

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, October 16th, 2009, and will begin with a keynote address from Marie Wilson, Founder and President of The White House Project. Ms. Wilson will discuss the importance of encouraging women to take on leadership positions in the public sector. A coffee and networking break will follow the keynote address.

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 Khushbu Srivastava, Program Officer, Asia, for the International Women’s Health Coalition, Cheryl Huber, Research and Planning Director of New Yorkers for Parks and Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Coordinator for the National Council for Research on Women. Each panelist will address the importance of focusing on women in particular when discussing issues relevant to their particular field, as well as the unique perspective women bring to that field. After the panel, the WWC will host a small reception.

Event Schedule:

1:00-2:15      Keynote Address

2:15-2:45      Break

2:45-4:15      Panel

4:15-5           Cocktail Reception

10/15/2009 A Look at Education and Economic Development: Conversations with NYC Mayoral Candidates

Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance Student Group

In line with the Wagner Policy Alliance’s 2009 –2010 theme, “Poverty in the United States: A Plurality of Perspectives”, the WPA will provide the 2009 NYC Mayoral candidates with an opportunity to express their views and proposed policies concerning the poor.

The purpose of this mayoral candidate panel is to create a forum for discussion regarding city policies that directly impact the lives of poor New Yorkers.  Too often, election agendas are remiss of any mention about communities living in poverty. 

The two broad issues covered by the dialogue are education and economic development (e.g. - asset building, wealth creation, and financial empowerment).  Questions about these two issues will be taken from the Wagner community a week before the event, which will be then presented by the faculty moderator to the candidates.  The goal is not to engage in debates, but rather to foster a discussion among the candidates. Therefore, the candidates will be encouraged respond to one another in a civil manner.

Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian Party
Rev. Billy Talen, Green Party
Ms. Frances Villar, Socialist Libertarian Party

New addition:

Jimmy McMillan, Rent is Too Damn High Party

Bill Thompson, Democratic Party
Michael Bloomberg, Independent Party

10/15/2009 Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counsellor for the World Bank Group

10/13/2009 Students at Risk: Nutrition, Obesity and the Public School System

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group

Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns facing our nation, and it is plaguing the younger generation at a threatening rate. Are schools enabling this trend? How can nutrition policy be better integrated with education policy? What role can we play as community activists, parents, policymakers, urban planners and taxpayers in helping to curb this epidemic?

Please help us answer some of these questions. Join us for a night of lively discussion with a panel of experts who have committed their lives to children's nutrition and the fight against childhood obesity.

Nancy Huehnergarth, Director, New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPA)

Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Yale's Rudd Center

Dr. Susan Rubin, Founder, Better School Food and "Two Angry Moms"

Chef Collazo, Head Chef of the Department of Education in New York City

Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

10/09/2009 Screening of the Documentary La Americana with Director Nick Bruckman

CineALAS: Where Film Meets Public Service

Presented by The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students Student Group

In association with the Latino Law Students Association, the Women of Color Policy Network, the Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Wagner Women’s Caucus, and the Wagner International Student Society

La Americana is an intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter.  Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis and policy implications in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. 

After the screening, Director Nick Bruckman will be present to host a Q&A about the film.

10/08/2009 Leveraging Resources to Promote Justice in Urban Environments

Co-sponsored by the Students for Criminal Justice Reform Wagner student group and the Black Allied Law Students Association

Join us for a conversation on justice in urban environments with
Cory Booker
Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey


Ellen Schall
Dean, NYU Wagner, and
former Commissioner of New York City Department of Juvenile Justice

Conversation from 6:30 -7:30; reception to follow.

10/08/2009 Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development

Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development

Dale Buscher, Director of Protection at the Women’s Refugee Commission

10/07/2009 The Problems Facing the System: Part 1

The Problems Facing the Health Care System

In the first part of the series, Professor John Billings will describe the underlying causes of the problems that face our current health care system.

10/07/2009 Community Organizing Basics: A Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

Thank you for your interest in the Community Organizing Basics learning session.

The session is currently filled to capacity, and we are no longer accepting RSVPs online.

To be placed on the event waiting list, please email by September 28, 2009. Be sure to include your name, organization, title and contact information. We look forward to your attendance at future RCLA and Social Change Leadership Network events.

For upcoming learning sessions, please visit

Thank you.

10/06/2009 Scaling Up Microfinance in Africa: Lessons from BRAC Uganda

The New York University Microfinance Initiative (NYUMI) and the
Wagner International Public Service Association (IPSA) present:

Mr. Arif Islam
Country Head of BRAC Uganda
Scaling up microfinance in Africa - Learning from What Works:
The Story of how BRAC grew to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in Uganda in less than three years

Join Mr. Arif Islam, the Country Head of BRAC Uganda, for an intimate discussion on the scaling up of microfinance in Africa.  Mr. Islam played a critical role in establishing BRAC as one of the largest microfinance institutions in Uganda in just three years.  In New York for only a week, Mr. Islam has graciously offered to give the Wagner community a unique perspective into the evolution of BRAC Uganda.
Please join us for an engaging discussion and reception following the presentation.

Mr. Arif Islam is the Country Head of BRAC Uganda.  Mr. Islam has played an instrumental role in launching BRAC Uganda in November 2005, and growing it to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in the country, in that time. BRAC Uganda has disbursed $35 million in loans to more than 90,000 borrowers through its network of 85 branch offices. It has also scaled up health, agriculture, adolescent development and education programs.  Under Mr. Islam's visionary leadership, BRAC has emerged as the largest non-profit in the country, employing more than 1,500 people and touching the lives of more than half a million poor people in Uganda.  

Mr. Islam joined BRAC in 1983 as a Program Organizer, and has since served as Regional Manager, Zonal Manager, and Program Manager of BRAC’s education program in both Bangladesh and Afghanistan.  He holds a Masters in Education and Development from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

About BRAC Uganda:
In June 2006, BRAC began operating its Microfinance Program in two districts in Uganda - Kampala and Iganga. Since then, the program has successfully formed 2,352 groups, mobilized 63,407 poor women as members, and disbursed US$16.1 million in microloans to 43,967 members. Microloans are invested primarily in small-scale business, agriculture, and construction. Additionally, the BRAC Uganda primary education program has established 58 learning centers, trained 50 teachers, and graduated 844 children.  Currently 1,891 children are enrolled in the program.  For more information, please visit

About the International Public Service Association:
The International Public Service Association (IPSA) is a graduate organization that brings together members of the Wagner student body with an interest in international public service in order to provide a forum for exchange, debate, education and action in the areas of international public management, policy and finance. An integral part of Wagner School 's Global Public Service initiative, IPSA works in conjunction with faculty, administration, and other student organizations to address students with international interests and keep them informed on international program activities.

About the NYU Microfinance Initiative:
The NYU Microfinance Initiative (NYUMI) is a University-wide task force created to provide a forum for students, faculty, and community members to share knowledge about opportunities and developments in microfinance, raise awareness about microfinance in the New York University community, and connect with leading experts and practitioners in the field. For more information, please visit

For more information about the International Public Service Association at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, please visit

Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited, please RSVP to  confirm your attendance.

10/01/2009 Democratic Elections: A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict?

Democratic Elections:  A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict?

Robin Ludwig, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

09/30/2009 The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen

The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen

The Highline represents a radically new example of adaptive re-use of infrastructure in an urban environment, and sets a new bar for creative greening of cityscapes. While New Yorkers and visitors gain unique park space, local developers and businesses lose the eyesore of rusting, obsolescent infrastructure and the City develops the prospects of economic revitalization and property value increases.

This dramatic public-private solution did not manifest, despite its win-win promises, without tumult and challenge. Join the NYU Wagner Rudin Center and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen for a conversation with Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. Listen in on a dialogue covering Robert’s storied history with the Highline, from his brainchild through the recent opening of its first phase, covering the policies, politics, workarounds, and innovations that took the project from near disaster to success.

09/29/2009 Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation

Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation 

Upmanu Lall, Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Columbia University; Director, Columbia Water Center; Senior Research Scientist, International
Research Institute for Climate & Society at Columbia University.

Changing climate poses significant risks to societies. Many of these risks are manifest through changes in the space and time availability of fresh water of suitable quality, and through changes in the incidence and severity of floods. It is through such changes that stresses in agriculture, disease incidence, ecological health, and energy supply and demand, and hence in the economics of many communities are felt, especially in developing countries. While anthropogenic climate change is the current concern, structured low frequency climate variability, i.e., persistent multi-year or decadal fluctuations in climate, poses a very similar challenge that societies need to adapt to.

In this talk, Upmanu Lall will provide examples of how an integrated approach to assessing and managing risks in water systems in a changing environment can be developed. This approach provides a core strategy for adaptation to a changing climate.

09/24/2009 Mobilizing Women for Economic Development:




Karen Grepin
Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, NYU Wagner


Yaw Nyarko
Director, NYU Africa House and Professor of Economics, NYU FAS

Opening remarks by Ellen Schall, Dean, NYU Wagner

Followed by a Q&A and a wine and cheese reception.  Don't forget to bring valid photo ID!

NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, the former first lady of Ghana is committed to engaging women in the socio-economic and political progress of society by focusing her career on empowering women and putting both women and children on the political agenda. Mrs. Rawlings is also credited with the movement "Two Million Strong", where 870 pre-schools were setup for child-development. She is the founder of the grassroots 31st December Women's Movement in Ghana. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Rawlings, Ghana was one of the first nations approved by the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child in 1991.

Members of the press should contact NYU Africa House via email or phone ((212) 998-4465) for more information.

09/24/2009 What Can the UN Do in Response to Extrajudicial Killings?

What can the UN do in response to Extrajudicial Killings Around the World?

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor at NYU Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

09/22/2009 An Evening with Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post

Hosted by the NYU's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, housed at NYU Wagner

The startling story of the monumental growth of lobbying in Washington, D.C., and how it undermines effective government.

For nearly half a century, Robert Kaiser has monitored the changes in American politics for The Washington Post. And it is from this insiders vantage point that, in this revelatory book, he chronicles the growing influence of the federal government in our lives and how it has given rise to an array of organized special interests who look to Washington for protection or assistance.

He describes how lobbyists grasped politicians all-consuming and ever-increasing need to raise money (an average Senate campaign cost $437,000 in 1974; in 2006, $7.92 million) and created a mutually beneficial, mutually reinforcing relationship between special interests and members of Congress. We see how behavior once considered corrupt or improper became commonplace, how special interests became the principal funders of elections, and how lobbyists and the politicians who depend on them have ignored such huge problems as health care, global warming, and the looming crisis for Medicare and Social Security.

A timely and tremendously important book that finally explains fully how Washington works today.