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01/23/2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Race, and Post-Election America: The Fulfillment of the Dream?

As New York University celebrates its 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week with the theme of "Connect, Collaborate and Change", the Black Student Alliance of the New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service would like to invite you to a candid discussion about the progress President elect Obama has made, the promise he represents and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Have we fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?  Students will lead discussion with our select speakers as we collectively examine specific questions like:

- What does Dr. King’s Dream Speech mean to us today? What does his vision translate to in 2009? How can we hold ourselves accountable to fulfilling it?
- Has the election of President elect of Obama fulfilled Dr. King’s dream?
- If not, where do we, "as community", need to go from here? What would Dr. King want for communities of color and the nation to do in effort to help support the agenda of the President elect?
- How has President-elect Obama used Dr. King’s vision of hope (vs. fear) during the presidential election? How can we utilize the power of hope in our own professions as change makers?
- How has this election impacted you? What are the implications professionally and personally? What does this election represent for us as a society?

- Rogan Kersh, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner
- David Levering Lewis, American historian and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
- Charlton McIlwain, Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication at NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development
- Nicole Mason, Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner
- Katherine M. O'Regan, Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Public, NYU Wagner

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and wine as we celebrate the history of Dr. King, President-elect Obama, and make plans for the future!

01/21/2009 EVENT CLOSED: New York's Creative Industries: Fashion in Today's Economy


On January 21st, SNEAC is partnering with Kiehl's Since 1851 to bring you a conversation on fashion as a creative industry. Amidst the fear of a weakening Wall Street in New York City, policymakers must depend on the strength of its creative sector as a key asset in sustaining the city's economy. Currently fashion as a creative industry provides anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 jobs here, from designers to manufacturers to importers/exporters. In our current economic climate, what impact, if any, will Fifth Avenue have on Main Street? 

This timely discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth Currid, author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City, and Assistant Professor of cultural economics at the University of Southern California. 

A reception will follow the panel.

Panelists include:

Robin Sackin
Dean, FIT's School of Business & Technology
Chair, FIT's Fashion Merchandising Management Department
Carol Lim and Humberto Leon
Founders, Opening Ceremony
Patrick Murphy
Head of Fashion and Retail, NYC Economic Development Corporation


01/21/2009 THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. From Innovation to Impact Conference
01/18/2009 The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Salman Rushdie
01/12/2009 Representative Anthony D. Weiner

Representative Anthony D. Weiner

12/16/2008 The Impact of the Foreclosure Crisis on Women and Families in New York City

The New York Women's Foundation® in partnership with New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, invites you to a community forum on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on women in New York City. Our panel of experts will lead us through an in–depth discussion of the causes of the current crisis and will explore possible solutions to address this critical issue. Space is limited.

12/11/2008 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society

Does Transparency Lead to Accountability? Lessons from Mexican Civil Society Experiences
Speaker: Jonathan Fox, PhD, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

12/11/2008 Greening the Empire State: Powering the Future - Nuclear Power
12/09/2008 Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs - Citizens Union Breakfast Brief with Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

With Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion

12/08/2008 The White House Fellows Program Information Session

Hosted by The Research Center for Leadership in Action & The NYU Wagner Office of Career Services


Featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu – Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of NYU and Immediate Past President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.


The White House Fellows Program, founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, offering exceptional men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.  White House Fellows typically spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in a once-in-a-lifetime education program consisting of off-the-record, roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and take trips to study leaders and policy in action both domestically and internationally.


For more information about the program, to view an informational film, and to download an application, please visit the program website, or call the program office at (202) 395-4522.  Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2008 for the 2008-2009 Class.

12/05/2008 Urban Transportation in Global Megacities<br>Highlights from Istanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul

Hosted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management  and the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2


A number of global megacities face regional transportation challenges similar to those of the New York region. These challenges are, in part, defined or exacerbated by the size of the region, the density of the urban core, regional land use patterns, the age of transportation infrastructure, the current rate of population growth and demand for transit, as well as geographical constraints, jurisdictional complexity and layers of government, unionized workforces, and highly participatory civil societies. To facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas, experiences, and best practices – from techniques for improved decision-making and operations and the management of complex transportation systems to the adoption of new technologies – the NYU Wagner Rudin Center has launched the “Urban Transportation Benchmarking Partnership.” The purpose of the Partnership is to develop and promote a sustained relationship between the New York region’s transportation agencies and academics and their counterparts in lstanbul, Mexico City, and Seoul. This initial event will feature representatives from the transportation sectors of these megacities sharing with us recent innovations, plans and lessons learned in three key areas.


Seyma Ulucay and Esma Dilek, Engineers from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Traffic Control Center, will describe their office's customization of various Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for the purpose of revolutionizing traffic management in Istanbul.


Adriana de Almeida Lobo, Director of the Center for Sustainable Transportation in Mexico City, will discuss the role of microbuses and Bus Rapid Transit in meeting increasing demand in the face of capacity constraints, and will talk about the work of the Center to promote sustainable transportation.


Hyungun Sung, Associate Research Fellow, Department of Intermodal & Sustainable Transport Research, Korea Transport Institute, and Sang-Joo Lee, Senior Deputy Director of Urban Transportation Team, Office for Land Transportation & Vehicles, Korean Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs, will discuss meeting the emerging challenges of transport in the Seoul Metropolitan area through land use policy and rail and Bus Rapid Transit.


Please R.S.V.P. by December 4th, 2008.

12/04/2008 WAA Holiday Fundraiser: "HAIR - Let the Sunshine In"


12/03/2008 Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Violation: New Directions for Advocates and Scholars

Presented by The Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner and Law Students for Human Rights


On October 22, 2008, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its second hearing in the case of Jessica Gonzales v. United States.  In 2000, Ms. Gonzales (now Jessica Lenahan) filed a § 1983 lawsuit against the Castle Rock, Colorado Police Department and individual officers after they ignored her repeated calls for assistance with locating her children and enforcing her restraining order against her estranged husband Simon Gonzales, who had kidnapped them. Tragically, 10 hours after her first call to the police, her husband died in a shootout with the police, and her daughters were found dead in the back of his truck, positioned directly behind him. To this day, it is not known whether they were killed by Simon Gonzales earlier that evening or in the hailstorm of police bullets. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Ms. Lenahan’s case, finding that she had no constitutional due process right to enforcement of her restraining order.  Having exhausted all of her domestic remedies, Ms. Lenahan filed a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an international human rights tribunal that is part of the organization of American States (OAS) and is responsible for the promotion of human rights in the Americas (North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean).


Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, has coordinated meetings of U.S.-based domestic violence advocates who work at the national, state, and local levels to discuss how the Gonzales case, and human rights strategies more generally, can be used in domestic violence advocacy.  Her work includes consideration of strategies at the legislative, litigation, public education, law enforcement training, and other levels.


Food will be served and you will need a photo ID to enter the building.

12/03/2008 Global AIDS in Our Global Community: HIV/AIDS Organizations in NYC

Hosted by the NYU Wagner Global Health Alliance and co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS), and Wagner Students Alliance for Africa (WSAFA)

In recognition of Global AIDS Day, we welcome you to attend a panel discussion featuring the incredible work of various organizations in New York City providing HIV/AIDS programs and services for immigrant communities.  Panelists will speak about the populations their clients represent, the programs they offer and the challenges they face in regards to culture, language, and access to services in relation to other issues related to the diversity of their client population. Join us and recognize Global AIDS right here at home by celebrating the missions of these remarkable organizations. Refreshments provided.



- Amanda Lugg, Community Advocate & Program Coordinator, African Services Committee
-  Javier Ramirez-Baron, New York Immigrant AIDS Link Program, Aid for AIDS International
- Nathaly Rubio-Torio, LMSW, Executive Director and Co-founder, Voces Latinas
- Larry Tantay, Community Health Education Coordinator, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)

Moderated by Sally Guttmacher, Professor of Health Studies, Steinhardt School of Public Health

11/21/2008 International Week 2008 - Food Fest: International Potluck and Party!

Food Fest: International Potluck and Party!

Please join IPSA and other student organizations for "Food Fest," an international potluck and party.  Featuring food from many countries, cultures, and traditions, the Food Fest also includes international music and art, as well as wine, beer and other refreshments.

Everyone is welcome to attend – just remember to make/bring a dish of your choice.  Everyone who brings a dish is eligible to win a prize given out during the party!

Food Fest Co-sponsors: Wagner International Student Society (WISS), Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS), Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR), Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA), Wagner Review, Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA), Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), Wagner Volunteer Corps (WVC)

11/21/2008 National Arts Policy Roundtable

Presented by SNEAC - Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture

With featured guests:

  • Daniel Gallant, Executive Director, Nuyorican Poets Café
  • Agnes Gund, President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art and Chairman of its International Council; Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission of the City of New York; Member, Obama Arts Policy Committee
  • Diane Ragsdale, Associate Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Jonathan Sheffer, Ex-Officio Board Member, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

President-elect Obama has formed an Arts Policy Committee, and our roundtable discussion will explore whether his cultural platform is moving national policy in the right direction for the arts.  More broadly, we will question the role of the federal government in the arts, and whether its policy of no-policy is better than a formal cultural administration.  With the insight of our featured guests, we will collect policy recommendations to inform the cultural platform of the next administration. 

Light breakfast available at 8:15. 

Please arrive early to check-in before the event begins.

11/20/2008 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

The Tension Between Representative and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

With Patricio Navia, PhD, Master Teacher, General Studies Program, NYU

11/19/2008 International Week 2008 - Bollywood Film: A Night of Indian Cinema and Food


Bollywood Film: A Night of Indian Cinema and Food

Join IPSA, the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), and WISS for a fun-filled movie night.  Indian food and refreshments will be served, as we watch a lively Bollywood film from India!  (Movie: TBA)

11/19/2008 Mayoral Control: Whose School is it?

Please join WEPSA (Wagner Education Policy Student Association) for a panel discussion on the subject of parental involvement in education and its importance to a student's success.  Panelists include:

Richard Kessler, Executive Director, The Center for Arts and Education
Lesley Esters Redwine, Director of External Relations NY, Achievement First
Leonie Haimson, Founder, Class Size Matters
Fatima Shama, Senior Official, Office of the Mayor 

Moderator: Professor Mary Driscoll, NYU Steinhardt

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Education and Social Policy, of NYU Steinhardt and NYU Wagner

11/18/2008 International Week 2008 - Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: Session 2

Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: Session 2
Generously sponsored by Mocha Joe's Coffee of Vermont and Gillies Coffee of New York!

Join IPSA and the Wagner International Student Society (WISS) for a Fair Trade coffee tasting, led by Paula Restrepo, a Wagner alum, who was certified as a Coffee Taster when she worked for the Colombian National Coffee Federation (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia).  Taste coffee and learn about fair trade.


NOTE: There is a maximum of 12 to 15 people who can participate in a tasting so only RSVP for one session.

11/18/2008 International Week 2008 - Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: Session 1

Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: Session 1
Generously sponsored by Mocha Joe's Coffee of Vermont and Gillies Coffee of New York!

Join IPSA and the Wagner International Student Society (WISS) for a Fair Trade coffee tasting, led by Paula Restrepo, a Wagner alum, who was certified as a Coffee Taster when she worked for the Colombian National Coffee Federation (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia).  Taste coffee and learn about fair trade.


NOTE: There is a maximum of 12 to 15 people who can participate in a tasting so only RSVP for one session.

11/18/2008 Yes We Can: A New Agenda for Advancing Leaders of Color in Social Change

The election of Barack Obama as the first African-American President heralds a historic moment in US history.  It is an opportunity to reflect at the national and local levels on where we have come in race relations and where we need to go. This is an especially pressing question in the nonprofit sector, where a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that as many as 24,000 nonprofit executives could retire by 2010, creating significant openings for the next generation of leaders to take the helm. 


Leadership programs have a significant part to play in attracting and supporting talented leaders of color as they develop the skills, knowledge and networks to take senior positions in nonprofit and social change organizations. New research holds significant promise for practical strategies to both affirm and draw on the expertise and experience of leaders of color as they navigate often unwelcoming power structures. Research also shows the active roles white leaders can play personally and as part of broader efforts to establish more equitable and effective systems. At the same time, the leadership literature’s treatment of issues of race does not offer innovative ideas to address the demands described. There is a need for both scholars and practitioners to reconceptualize the way we think about the connections between race and leadership. 



* Laurie M. Hunt, Management Consultant, Center for Gender in Organizations

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

* Sonia Ospina, PhD, Faculty Director, Research Center for Leadership in Action and Associate
   Professor of Public Management and Policy, NYU Wagner

* Elissa Perry, Web and Community Learning Director, Leadership Learning Community



Erica G. Foldy, PhD, RCLA Faculty member and Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management, NYU Wagner

11/17/2008 International Week 2008 - Stories from the Field: International Internship Panel

Stories from the Field: International Internship Panel

Please join IPSA and the Wagner International Student Society (WISS) for a panel discussion with fellow Wagner students.  The panelists will include students who worked abroad during the summer of 2008 at a variety of international organizations throughout the world.  This is a great opportunity to discover ways to find and secure international internships, as well as ask questions about the experiences of other students abroad.

11/17/2008 International Week 2008 - Off the Record with Professor Ahmad Kamal

Off the Record with Professor Ahmad Kamal

Please join us for an intimate discussion with Professor Ahmad Kamal.  Professor Kamal served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations for ten years.  He was a professional diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan for close to forty years and has held diplomatic postings in India, Belgium, France, the Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Korea, and with the United Nations both in Geneva and in New York.  On Nov. 17, he will be discussing his work at the UN, as well as his publications on disarmament and global economic issues with Wagner students and other participants.  Sandwiches and refreshments will be served.

11/14/2008 MAKING THE CONNECTION: Transit Oriented Development - A Blueprint for Success

The NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council are pleased to announce the opening of registration for our fall conference: MAKING THE CONNECTION: Transit Oriented Development - A Blueprint for Success Friday, November 14, 2008 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Regular Registrations are available at (space is limited!) This event will be held in: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, New York University, 60 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY 10003 Highlights include a keynote address by Douglas Foy, President of Serrafix Corporation, opening remarks from Joel Ettinger, Executive Director of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, and Astrid Glynn, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. Further information and agenda details can be found in the attached conference brochure (2 pages), and found online at (see sidebar on the right side). Do not miss this unique opportunity to engage with key transportation leaders from the greater metropolitan region and discuss the future of public mobility through the lens of transit oriented design. We look forward to your participation in November. ***Additional Announcements*** Events: The Paradigm of Mobility: A Radical Change in Urban Transport to Challenge Sustainability; Friday, Sept 26th, 2008 / 9:30a - noon @ Baruch College Conference Center, New York , NY Beyond the Gas Tax: Funding Future Transportation Needs; Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2008 / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ The Martha Eddy Room , Art and Home Center New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse , NY Resources: The Port Authority of NY & NJ has issued The Regional Economy Report: Review and Outlook for the New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Region. To download a PDF of the report, please click here at, or visit