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11/19/2009 Pathways to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Human Mobility

A discussion of the United Nations Development Programme's 2009 Human Development Report

with Jeni Klugman, director of the Human Development Report Office

Human mobility and development is the new, definitive report on migration and development. It breaks new ground in applying a human development approach to the study of movement, covering both internal and international migration. It discusses who moves, where and why. It looks at the multiple impacts of migration for all who are affected by it—not just those who move, but also those who stay, and links these to policies. The report lays out a major policy agenda designed to promote the human development outcomes of migration, and is a must read for everyone interested in the topic—for the GFMD and beyond.

Jeni Klugman, the study's lead author, will highlight the key findings and outline its recommendations by governments, civil society and other actors.

11/18/2009 Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Gutierrez for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Presented by the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) Student Group.

On November 18th at 8 PM, people across the country will be joining together to send a comprehensive message to D.C.  Reform Immigration FOR America will be hosting a virtual town hall with Rep. Luis Gutierrez to discuss the principles of progressive immigration reform, and ALAS will be hosting a "House Party" for interested students and community members to get involved in the comprehensive immigration reform movement.

This national action will send the message that America needs comprehensive immigration reform now. Our families can¹t wait; our country can¹t wait. We need just and humane immigration reform now, and the community across the country is ready to push for it.

We invite everyone interested in comprehensive immigration reform to join us for this event.

Food will be served.

11/18/2009 The US-Russia-Iran Triangle: Right, Acute, or Obtuse? With Mark Katz, Professor of government and politics, George Mason University

The US-Russia-Iran Triangle:  Right, Acute, or Obtuse?

Mark Katz, Professor of government and politics, George Mason University

Dr. Mark Katz  writes on Russian foreign policy, the international relations of the Middle East, transnational revolutionary movements, and other related subjects. He has authored and edited several books on Soviet military policy.  Katz is also a contributor to the Open Society Institute’s Eurasianet, and to Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH)

11/17/2009 Rethinking the Science of Climate: Water Use, Culture, and Adaptation to Global Warming in the Andes

Rethinking the Science of Climate: Water Use, Culture, and Adaptation to Global Warming in the Andes

Mark Carey, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Washington and Lee University

Water supplies in the Andes and in mountains worldwide are vanishing as glaciers melt.  As scientists increasingly investigate climate-glacier-water dynamics to determine future water availability, policymakers are soliciting this science to decide how best to adapt to global warming. 

Yet most of this research fails to acknowledge a critical variable affecting water use beneath vanishing glaciers: people.  Recent Peruvian history demonstrates the importance of government policies, technology, social relations, regional politics, and cultural beliefs for water management.  These societal factors must be brought into climate-water equations to avoid simplistic or deterministic projections about the future of water and climate change adaptation.

11/16/2009 Innovations in Education in Latin America, Asia and Africa

Presented by NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association and the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Groups.

Education is often talked about as a driver of development and a panacea for post-conflict regions. But what specifically do education programs in developing and post-conflict countries entail? What innovations have been designed and implemented to help build communities, spur production and promote stability? How do some of these models differ across regions and what impact have they had? Join us for a night of lively discussion with representatives from organizations that operate in the field of international education.

Guest Panelists:

Anita Anastacio, Senior Technical Advisor for Education, International Rescue Committee

Louisa Benton, Director of Development and Communications, WorldFund

Tzvetomira Laub, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Coordinator for Minimum Standards


Conor Grennan, Executive Director, Next Generation Nepal

11/11/2009 The Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at the Prison Industrial Complex

2:00-3:00-The Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at the Prison Industrial Complex with Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, and Mishi Faruqee, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project with the Correctional Association of New York

3:00-3:30 Closing Remarks

11/11/2009 Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 2:00 Applied Research Center’s presentation on report entitled "Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules" by Seth Wessler, ARC Senior Policy Researcher

11/11/2009 The Cost of Inequality: Exploring the Interception of Race, Poverty, and Policy

Keynote: Introductory Remarks and Education Panel: A Look at the Economics of Education and its Effect on Students of Color Achievement

9:30 – 10:00 Registration & Continental breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 Keynote: Introductory Remarks

10:30 – 11:45


Pedro Noguera, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University

Dr. Sheila Evens Tranum, Associate Commission of Education, NY State Education Department

Shawn Dove, Open Society Institute

11/09/2009 Gulliver's Troubles: Obama and the Middle East with Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Gulliver's Troubles: Obama and the Middle East

Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

For two decades, Aaron David Miller served at the Department of State as an advisor to six secretaries of State where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations.

He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He is currently working on a new book called Can America Have Another Great President? (Bantam Books, 2012)

11/05/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Woody Tasch, Chairman, Investor's Circle
11/04/2009 High Stakes: Healthcare Reform and Communities of Color

People of color and low-income individuals are over-represented among those without health insurance. It is estimated that 19 percent of African-Americans and 30 percent of Latinos are without health insurance. Healthcare reform is issue number one for the Administration. And it should be a priority for communities of color as well. 

Join us for this provocative town hall meeting with leading experts and community leaders as we discuss the current proposals on the table and the impact they will have on communities of color, strategies for creating inclusive healthcare reform and how current proposals can begin to alleviate health disparities in low-income communities.


Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas -Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Cara James, Ph.d- Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Maya Wiley- Center for Social Inclusion

Miriam Yeung -The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

11/04/2009 U.S. Power in Jihadi Strategic Thought with William McCants, Program Manager, Minerva Initiative for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

U.S. Power in Jihadi Strategic Thought

William McCants, Program Manager, Minerva Initiative for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

 Dr. William McCants has spent more than a decade studying the Sunni Muslim revivalist movement known as Salafism, which gave birth to al-Qa`ida.  Dr. McCants' blog,, has been cited as an authority on Jihadism by The Economist, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. It was recently profiled on the front page of The New York Times and Jihadis have dubbed it the “most important and dangerous” of the sites that monitor their activities online.

11/03/2009 Rescue, Recovery, and Reining in the Deficit with Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

New York University
John Sexton, President
Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy and Management
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

cordially invite you to an address by
Peter R. Orszag
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Rescue, Recovery, and Reining in the Deficit

10/30/2009 The End of Poverty? U.S. Movie Premiere and Discussion

The International Public Service Association (IPSA) is proud to present the U.S. movie premiere of “The End of Poverty? Think Again!” by multi-awarded filmmaker Philippe Diaz. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Salo Coslovsky.

After 25 selections to international film festivals, including the Cannes Festival 2008, "The End of Poverty" is coming to American Theaters on November 13th. Aimed at exploring the root causes for the persistence of poverty, this documentary presents footage from the poorest areas around the world, punctuated by the comments of such personalities as Nobel Prize winners Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, William Easterly, author/activist Susan George, Eric Toussaint and Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera.

10/30/2009 The Rise of the Pasdaran: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iranian Politics and Implications for the U.S. Fred Wehrey, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND

The Rise of the Pasdaran:  The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iranian Politics and Implications for the U.S.

Fred Wehrey, Adjunct Senior Policy Analyst, RAND

Fred Wehrey’s research at RAND has focused on Saudi-Iranian relations, the domestic influence of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the impact of the Iraq war on the strategic landscape of the Middle East, and the effects of reform on political violence in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. In the summer of 2008, he served as a strategic advisor to Multi-National Force-Iraq in Baghdad focusing on post-surge challenges.


10/29/2009 Women and Girls at War: Wives, Mothers and Fighters

Women and Girls at War: Wives, Mothers and Fighters

Jeannie Annan, Director of Research and Evaluation, International Rescue Committee; Visiting Scientist, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

10/28/2009 Arts in International Development: Harnessing the power of the creative disciplines to effect social, economic, and political change

Presented by the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture and the International Public Service Association

Join us for a panel discussion exploring innovative ways the arts are used to address social and humanitarian issues in international development.  We'll hear from experts and practitioners in the field whose work brings them to poverty stricken areas in the developing world, refugee camps, areas of conflict and post-war environments, and politically charged public spaces.  Come to learn how they use the arts to effect lasting and powerful change in underpriviledged communities around the globe.

Panelists Include:

Ami Boghani
Program Coordinator, Maisha Film Lab
The Lab provides professional training and production resources to emerging film makers in East Africa in order to preserve, cultivate and unleash local voices from these regions.

Mauricio Salgado
Chief Project Officer, Artists Striving to End Poverty
An organization that connects artists with global youths and uses the arts to create change for young people in need

Joanna Sherman
Artistic Director, Bond Street Theatre
A company that uses the performing arts as humanitarian outreach and a tool for education and healing

Moderated by
Deborah Kapchan
Professor of Performance Studies, NYU, and currently teaching a class on Arts and Human Rights

10/28/2009 Funding Mass Transit: A Conversation with Honorable Richard Ravitch, Lt. Governor of New York State and NYU Professor Charles Brecher

Funding Mass Transit: A Conversation with Honorable Richard Ravitch, Lt. Governor of New York State and NYU Professor Charles Brecher


It was just last April that Richard Ravitch, after a storied career in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in New York, was asked by Governor David Paterson to develop a new financing plan for the MTA.   He deftly crafted a package that would provide long-term financing for mass transit in the New York region for generations to come, much as he had done years ago when he led the agency out of decades of decay into a period stability and even growth, the fruits of which we still see today.   While the Ravitch package was not fully adopted by the State Legislature, his leadership led the Governor to ask him to serve New York yet again, this time as Lieutenant Governor of the State.   The Rudin Center is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch will join us for a discussion of transportation funding, the future of mass transit, and the context of the State budget.   Professor Charles Brecher will lead a conversation with this extraordinary leader of a state during one of the most challenging in his history.  

10/27/2009 Best Practices for Major Gifts and Planned Giving - THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Looking to start your own major gifts or planned giving program?  Already have a gift program up and running, but want some tips to make it better?  Or do you just want to learn more about major gifts and planned giving programs?   If so, join the NYUWagner Alumni in Fundraising and Development group and the Non-Profit Network iin a discussion with major gift and planned giving experts from large and small organizations for their inside view on creating a major gift and planned giving program that is best for your organization.   After the discussion join your fellow Wagner development alumni for a reception.

Panelists include:

John M. Bacon, J.D., Director of Planned Giving at The New York Public Library
Christine Pecorella, Director of Major Gifts at Autism Speaks
Erin Dodd, Director of Major Gifts at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


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.