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10/29/2008 Hope, Not Fear: A Conversation with Irshad Manji and Edgar J. Bronfman

Hosted by the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner

You are cordially invited to join us for an intimate conversation with two visionary leaders. Ms. Manji and Mr. Bronfman will share their thoughts on moral courage - the guts to defy dogma in one's own community for the greater good.

6:30 pm - Doors Open
7:00 pm - Discussion followed by Q & A
8:00 pm - Book Signings

Co-Sponsored by the Bronfman Center Selma Ruben Distinguished Lecture Series at NYU and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner

10/28/2008 Election 2008: One Week and Counting...

Co-hosted by the NYU Wagner's Wagner Policy Alliance student group

Join Bob Shrum and other NYU political experts for a frank discussion of what to expect on Election Night 2008.  

How are the "battleground states" breaking for Obama or McCain, one week out?  Whose campaign strategy seemed best suited for the unusual twists and turns of Campaign '08, especially the current economic meltdown?  Can poll predictions be trusted, given the so-called "Bradley Effect?"  What implications would a narrow victory by either candidate have for a new administration's ability to govern amid troubled economic times?  And so forth: come with your questions and comments, as the NYU & greater NYC community gathers one last time to discuss and debate this vitally important election.

Bob Shrum, Democratic Strategist and NYU Wagner Senior Fellow
Doug Schoen, Pollster and Political Consultant
Rogan Kersh, Author of Dreams of a More Perfect Union and NYU Wagner Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

10/27/2008 Voting Rights and Marginalized Communities

In November, an estimated 5 million Americans will be ineligible to vote in the Presidential election because of a felony. This figure includes 13%, or one in eight, of all African American males nationwide. On top of this, despite federal laws requiring comprehensive translation services and barring voter intimidation tactics, another large group of Americans, including many of Latino and Asian descent, will face significant barriers to making their voices heard at the polls.

Wagner's Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SC Jr), SADA, ALAS, and APASA invite you to a panel discussion on how felony disenfranchisement, language barriers, and voter intimidation diminish the political voice of African-American and immigrant communities.

- Juan Cartagena, General Counsel, Community Service Society
- Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, Fortune Society

10/27/2008 Public Forum on American Jews and the Presidential Election:

How Jews and Non-Jews Differ in their Values and Intentions

Sponsored by: Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner

Join Profs. Steven M. Cohen and Samuel J. Abrams as they discuss the results of two recently conducted parallel national surveys of Jews and non-Jews, exploring variations not only in intention to vote, but also how and why Jews differ from the rest of the electorate. This event will announce the launch of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner.

Featured Speakers:
Professor Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR/New York and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. Prof. Cohen is the co-author of The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America.

Professor Samuel J. Abrams, Fellow at the Hamilton Center for Political Economy at NYU. Prof. Abrams is the co-author of Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America and the forthcoming Disconnected: Disconnect: People, Politics, and Place in Twenty-First Century American Politics.

10/24/2008 Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America - The Conceptions of Social Policy: Universalism vs. Targeting

Jose Antonio Ocampo, PhD, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, will look at the debate on universalism vs. targeting in social policies in Latin America. Dr. Ocampo will examine how social rights and the welfare state are conceptualized in industrial countries, and he will analyze how these ideas informed social policies in Latin America during the era of state-led industrialization.

10/24/2008 Philanthropy and Politics - Funding the Conservative Legal Movement

Steven Teles, Author of The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: Battle for Control of the Law and Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland.

10/23/2008 Money & Politics: How Clean Elections Can Change the Face of Elected Office

Hosted by the Wagner Women's Caucus and Democracy Matters along with the Alliance of Latino & Latin American Students(ALAS), the Students of African Descent Alliance (SADA), and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA).

Did you know that minorities account for only 14% of all U.S. Congressional seats? And that women make up only 15%, and have only ever held 29 governorships throughout the country, even though they account for over half of the general population? The Wagner Women's Caucus and Democracy Matters are proud to present an evening of engaging dialogue on campaign finance reform and changing the face of elected office.

Panelists will address how and why so called "clean elections" can aid women and minorities in their quest for elected office. The event will be followed by a reception where guests and panelists can network and discuss their own experiences with campaigns, politics, and government.

- Laura MacCleery, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University - Joan Mandel, Executive Director, Democracy Matters

10/23/2008 Conflict Security and Development Series - Competition and Development: Using Law and Policy to Harness Globalization

With Eleanor Fox, Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law.

10/22/2008 POSTPONED - Red and Blue Nation? Partisanship and the 2008 Election


On October 22, NYU Wagner and The Brookings Institution's Governance Studies program will sponsor an event with Brookings senior fellows Pietro Nivola and William Galston discussing their latest endeavor, Red and Blue Nation? (Brookings Press). In Red and Blue Nation?, Nivola and Galston consider the extent to which polarized views among political leaders and activists are reflected in the electorate at large, and assess systemic reforms that might depolarize much of the political and policy process. They will be joined by Paul C. Light, NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and Brookings nonresident senior fellow.

10/22/2008 Energy, Environment and the Election

Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Practice Network, NYU Wagner Environmental Policy and Action and NYU Environmental Law Society

Regardless of who prevails in the November 4th election, the next President is expected to have the opportunity to refocus and redirect policies related to energy, climate change, the environment, education, and the economy. Election season sound bites focus on their opinions on offshore drilling and gas tax holidays, but the greater impact will come through legislation.

As we near the election, this panel will examine important proposed and impending legislation, and each candidate's stance on key environmental and social policies.

- New York League of Conservation Voters
- John Neffinger, Partner, KNP communications

Moderated by Dr. Michael Levi, Senior Fellow for Energy & the Environment, Council on Foreign Relations

10/22/2008 Shafiqual Haque Choudhury, <br>Founder & President of ASA Bangladesh

Hosted by the New York Microfinance Initiative,  University

In association with BRIDGE and the Financial Access Initiative

Join us for a presentation by Shafiqual Haque Choudhury to learn about ASA International and the upcoming launch of the ASA Foundation.

10/20/2008 3rd Annual Bernard & Irene Schwartz Lecture on Congress (in D.C.)
10/16/2008 Conflict Security and Development Series - Nuclear Armament as a Barrier to Development

With Ambassador Richard Butler of the Center for Global Affairs

10/15/2008 Weaving It Together: The Latino Voting Experience

Sponsored by the NYU Latino Graduate Student Alliance: NYU Wagner: Alliance for Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS); NYU Law: Latino Law Student Association (LaLSA); and NYU Stern: Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students (AHBBS)

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, Weaving It Together: The Latino Voting Experience will engage NYU students and the larger community in an informed discussion about the possible impact of the Latino vote on the upcoming presidential election. Our guests will offer expert opinions on demographics, civic engagement, and media portrayal of the Latino community in the U.S. The event will also provide a unique opportunity for participants to connect with leading professionals.

6:00-6:30 PM - Keynote Speaker
6:30-7:45 PM - Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:45-9:00 PM - Reception

Patti Solis Doyle (Invited)
Senior Advisor to Presidential Campaign of Senator Barack Obama

And panelists:
- Marta Garcia, Co-Chair, National Hispanic Media Coalition
- Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director of PEW Hispanic Center
- Jose Perez, Associate General Counsel, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
- William Ramos, Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

10/14/2008 Uninsured Young Adults In New York
10/10/2008 Philanthropy and Politics - Katrina Fatigue? Philanthropic Support for Education Reform in New Orleans

Angela Daliet, Executive Director, Save Our Schools New Orleans
Jon Vaugh, Program Director, 21st Century Foundation
Richard Laine, Director of Education, The Wallace Foundation

10/09/2008 Essential Tools for Essential Organizing: Training for Trainers

…Critically engaging your constituents through action, reflection and collaboration…

Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately, the registration deadline has passed and the event is now full. If you would like to be considered for a waiting list, please email

10/08/2008 Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican or Democrat

Join us for a discussion of Lisa Harper's new book "Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican or Democrat." Author Lisa Harper has an MFA in Playwriting from USC's School of Theater and a masters degree in Human Rights, with a concentration in Religion & The Media, from Columbia University. She currently is a featured op-ed writer for the prolific web-based community, Ms. Harper is the co-founder and executive director of NY Faith & Justice, a budding movement of churches, organizations and individuals dedicated to following Christ, uniting the church and ending poverty in New York through spiritual formation, education, and direct advocacy. Reception to follow.

10/08/2008 Reynolds Speaker Series: John Mackey, CEO and Chairman of Whole Foods Market
10/07/2008 The US and World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections - Human Rights and Military Force: The Past, Present, and Future of Interventions

Guest Speaker Gary Bass of Princeton University is author of Freedom's Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention, (Knopf, 2008) and Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals. Formerly a reporter for The Economist, he is an Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton.

10/07/2008 Citizen\'s Union Breakfast Briefs - City Council Member Eric Gioia -- Queens, District 26

With City Council Member Eric Gioia -- Queens, District 26

10/06/2008 Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Implications

Cosponsored by: Wagner CSR Alliance and Bridge, the Wagner Social Entrepreneurship Group

Ninety percent of global businesses believe that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a priority (The Economist. 2008.)

This panel will explore the global implications of CSR from three views: global trends of business awareness of customer and employee involvement; the definitions, organizational models and metrics of CSR; and the blurred global boundaries between corporations, nonprofits and governments.

• Mathew DeLuca, Manager EHS and Social Compliance, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
• Linda Recupero, EVP Public Affairs, HSBC
• Derek Yach, VP Global Health, PepsiCo

Moderated by Lucille Pilling, Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner

10/02/2008 Left Behind: Black America: A Neglected Priority in the Global AIDS Epidemic

Students of African Descent Alliance in conjunction with Wagner Health Network (WHN), International Public Service Association (IPSA), and Global Health Alliance (GHA) present:

While the world wasn't looking, the AIDS epidemic in the United States refused to go away. The AIDS epidemic in the United States is more serious than previously believed and has become firmly implanted in Black America. Although there are more Black Americans infected with HIV than the total HIV populations in seven of the 15 PEPFAR focus countries, the U.S. government's response to what is perhaps the most serious health crisis facing Black America remains timid and lethargic.

Come join us as we discuss the effects that this ignored epidemic has had on communities, and what has to be done to make AIDS in America a priority.

Featured Panelists:
- Phill Wilson, CEO, Black AIDS Institute
- Dr. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Jacob Levenson, Author, "The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America"
- Jacinda Jordan (NYU Wagner Alum), International Center for Aids Care and Treatment at Columbia University.

10/02/2008 Conflict Security and Development Series - Perspectives on Political Development: What Today's Democratizers Can Learn

With Sheri Berman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

09/30/2008 The United States and the World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections - Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, The New Geo-politics of Energy

Guest Speaker Michael Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College. He is the author of thirteen books, including Blood and Oil , Resource Wars, and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy. A regular contributor to Harper's, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is also the defense analyst for The Nation.