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02/01/2011 Acting on Faith: A Conversation with Faith-Based Development Leaders

IPSA and JeWPA are hosting a fishbowl discussion with leaders in the field of faith-based international development to discuss successes, challenges, and future visions for the sector.

We will be joined by:
- Aaron Dorfman, Vice President for Programs at American Jewish World Service
- Sakina Rizvi, Program Coordinator in Haiti for Imamia Medics International, Associate Representative to the UN
- Dennis Frado, Director of Lutheran Office for World Community, Main Representative at UN Headquarters
- Moderator: David Elcott, Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service

01/25/2011 Greening Gotham: The Rise of Energy-Efficient Buildings and the Road Ahead

With Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Buildings

**PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor**

Join us for a lecture and lively discussion on greening New York City.  Commissioner LiMandri will speak about City initiatives and why buildings need to be a major focus within New York City’s efforts to "go green."  As New York City's buildings are responsible for approximately 80% of the City's carbon emissions, energy efficiency in buildings is key to moving the City forward.   LiMandri will also discuss what other municipalities around the world are doing in regards to energy-efficient buildings and explore ways to move a green agenda forward amidst competing interests.  

The Commissioner will take questions after his lecture and a light reception will follow.

12/10/2010 Setting the Agenda: The Impact of Women in Public Service

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus Student Organization and co-sponsored by the Women of Color Policy Network.

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, December 10th, 2010, and will begin with a keynote address from Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Chair of the Women's Issues Committee.

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: Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Vice President of Seedco, Beatrice Frey, Communications Officer for Production, Branding and Social Media, UNIFEM and Margaret DiZerega, Director of the Family Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice.

Each panelist will address the importance of focusing on women when discussing issues relevant to each of the speaker's field, as well as the unique perspective women bring to that field. After the panel, the WWC will host a small reception.

Event Schedule:
4:00-4:30 Keynote Address
4:30-5:45 Panel
5:45-6:30 Networking Wine and Cheese Reception

12/10/2010 Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being.

Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being.

UCLA doctoral student Eric Morris will present  Access and Outcomes: Transportation, the Urban Environment, and Subjective Well-Being. His research employs data from Gallup and the American Community Survey to assess the links between transportation access and reports of happiness.

12/08/2010 The White House Fellows Program Information Session

The White House Fellows Program 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. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Learn more about the White House Fellows program at an event featuring former White House Fellows, including Diane C. Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of NYU and Past President of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association. Applications for the program are due by January 15, 2011.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Career Services and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Office of the President of New York University.

12/06/2010 Quality Jobs in a New Economy: Paid Sick Leave and Communities of Color

Forty years ago, low-wage workers could depend on unions to help ensure that they received benefits and wages that are essential to a quality job. In the mid-1950s, 35 percent of all employees on private payrolls were union members; today only 7.2 percent of private sector workers belong to a union. The marked decline in union membership over time has meant that many workers are left to negotiate benefits and fair wages on their own.

Today, there are 30 million workers employed in low-wage jobs with minimal benefits, earning less than $9.00 per hour. And only about a third of workers in the lowest wage percentile receive paid sick leave.

Join leading experts from across the country as they discuss the need for paid sick leave for low-income communities and communities of color. The roundtable will also address the impact of work support measures on the economic security of low-wage workers and communities of color and propose policy recommendations and strategies for ensuring access to quality jobs.

Heather Boushey, PhD, Senior Economist, Center for American Progress
Brandy Davis, Policy Coordinator, California Labor Project for Working Families
Kevin Miller, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Nancy Rankin, Senior Fellow, A Better Balance
Portia Wu, Vice President, National Partnership for Women and Families

12/03/2010 Poverty Discussion Group

The newly formed Poverty Discussion Group is excited to announce our third brown bag discussion, which will focus on financial empowerment in low-income communities.

We are pleased to announce that I-Hsing Sun, Director of Programs at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), will lead us in a discussion about financial access and literacy. Ms. Sun will share findings from the OFE’s Neighborhood Financial Services Study, which analyzes banking dynamics in two low-income neighborhoods in NYC.   You can access the report at the bottom of the following link: We hope you will join us for a lively discussion on this topic!

The Poverty Discussion Group brings together students who are interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions the first Friday of every month. We believe Wagner students have a great deal of knowledge and experience through jobs, internships, and volunteering from which our community can learn. Through these conversations, we hope to start lively discussions that will expand our knowledge of the innovative anti-poverty initiatives being implemented by local, state, and federal governments, as well as exciting on-the-ground work being done by CBOs.

12/02/2010 Looking Back, Looking Foward: A Conversation about the Fiscal Health of New York City

Presented by: Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA)

FY2010 was the 30th consecutive year New York City closed out its fiscal year with a General Fund surplus since the near fiscal meltdown of the 1970s.  According to Comptroller Liu, “This past Fiscal Year saw New York City’s economy begin to crawl out of recession.”  Yet, the Mayor's office is proposing unprecedented budget cuts across the board.  This event aims to answer the Whys, Whats, and Hows.

The focus of the conversation will explore three things from the public, private, and watchdog perspectives: 1) how has the City dealt with the economic slowdown, 2) what are the short-term strategies to meet immediate budget gaps, and 3) what other strategies should be considered to maintain/improve financial stability.

The panel will feature many of New York City’s leading budget experts, including Carol Kellermann, President of the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, Ronnie Lowenstein, Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office, and Richard Raphael, Executive Managing Director of the U.S. Public Finance Group at Fitch Ratings.  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Daniel L. Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management.

12/02/2010 A Brownbag Discussion: Higher Education and the Criminal Justice System

Presented by:

Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) & Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

John Molina, Senior Academic Counselor of the College Initiative and a first year Wagner student specializing in health policy and management, will talk about his work with the organization and the intersection of higher education and the criminal justice system.

The mission of the College Initiative is to connect men and women in New York City who have been incarcerated or have had involvement with the criminal justice system with opportunities for higher education; to provide a range of academic and other support services that promote successful enrollment in college and completion of degrees; and to serve as a guiding force for students to realize their full potential as gainfully employed individuals, family members, informed citizens, and community leaders. John has an extensive background in community heath education and harm reduction counseling, working primarily with at-risk youth from
alternative to incarceration programs and other vulnerable populations. Additionally, he volunteers as a counselor at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Please join us to discuss questions such as:
• What is the impact of the failed K-12 traditional public school system on the criminal justice system?
• What is the relationship between a post-secondary education and recidivism?
• Do public agencies coordinate/cooperate with non-governmental organizations engaged in reentry assistance?
• What obstacles do students face in higher education if they have been involved in the criminal justice system?
• How do current educational policies provide (or not provide) support to people with involvement in the criminal justice system?
• What are the major challenges and successes for the College Initiative and its students?

11/30/2010 BJPA: Lecture by Rachel Shabat: Serving the Soul of the Practicing Rabbi

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi, Vice President, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, Israel Department.

Jewish spiritual leadership in an age of uncertainty, experimentation and creativity has led rabbis across the denominational spectrum to seek significant additional training and spiritual development. What role is text study playing in these initiatives and how does it serve the rabbinic soul in our time? What role does scholarship play? Spiritual practice? Political/social action? Given the intensity of these initiatives and their indisputable impact on the rabbi, what is the impact on the communities they serve and on North American Jewry as a whole?

11/29/2010 How US Foreign Policy is Made: Special Focus on Policies Related to Women and Development.

Topic: A discussion about how foreign policy is made, with a special focus on policies related to women and development.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner
Speaker: Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby joined Vital Voices in June 2010 to direct the La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women and the World and lead the Coalition’s Breakthrough Initiative. She has held a number of senior positions in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors.  She has been Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Ambassador to several countries in the Eastern Caribbean; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America; and Legislative Assistant to Senator (later Secretary of the Treasury) Lloyd Bentsen. Most recently, she developed and ran a transparency and governance reform project for the Government of Mexico. She was a Vice President of Bankers Trust Co., Vice President of International Business-Govt. Counsellors, Inc. and served on the boards of directors of multinational corporations as well as several NGOs, including the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Helen Keller International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Atlantic Council of the U.S., Center for International Environmental Law, American Hospital of Paris, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, and Pan American Health and Education Foundation.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. Amb. Shelton-Colby was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Wash., D.C., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in French from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  She has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and appears on U.S. and international television and radio discussing U.S. foreign policy, development, and international public policy issues. 

11/22/2010 Women's Economic Empowerment

Topic: Women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, mentorship and training

To RSVP contact Kate Horner

Speaker: Maria Pena is the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Vital Voices, the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

In that role, Maria guides Vital Voices’ economic empowerment work globally and directs a portfolio of programs that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to high-potential businesswomen, allowing them to develop the skills they need to excel as business and community leaders. Maria previously served as the Americas Leader of Entrepreneurship at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, where she was responsible for developing strategies and directing initiatives designed to celebrate and support entrepreneurship across the Americas. Prior to that role, she was responsible for designing the firm’s signature corporate responsibility programs, with a special focus on emerging market entrepreneurship. Maria holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

11/19/2010 Stop Speeding Summit: Co-hosted with Transportation Alternatives
11/18/2010 The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

In this session of the New Thinking in Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series, UCLA doctoral candidate Camille Fink will discuss her dissertation research, which uses the lens of ethnography to explore behavior and attitudes on different Los Angeles bus routes.

11/18/2010 Brown bag: Affordable mortgage and loan program in the West Bank

Discussion on mortgage finance in the Palestinian territories.

Earlier this year, the Unites States, World Bank Group, Palestine Investment Fund, the United Kingdom and others launched a landmark $500 million mortgage finance program designed to promote the private ownership of residential housing in the Palestinian territories. Kieran Brenner, a lawyer to the project, will discuss the project and its potential impact on the development of housing finance, new communities and the banking industry in the West Bank, as well as its likelihood to spur economic growth in the region.

11/17/2010 Iraq and the American Empire.

Iraq and the American Empire

Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs and the Peter G. Peterson chair. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly the National Interest from 1986 to 1987, and held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly the Public Interest from 1985 to 1986. He received his BA in classics from Yale and his PhD in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton.

He is author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His other publications include Understanding the War on Terror (Council on Foreign Relations, 2005, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (Council on Foreign Relations, 2002, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); and How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War (PublicAffairs, 2001, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); “Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy,” International Security (Winter 2000/2001); “Conservatism and American Foreign Policy: Present Laughter vs. Utopian Bliss,” the National Interest (Fall 1999); “It Can Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 1999); “The Rollback Fantasy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1999); and “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,” World Politics (October 1998).

11/17/2010 Opening Reception for "FolkloRican: The Art of Pepe Villegas" -- Gallery Space at Wagner, Fall/Winter 2010

The Gallery Space at Wagner, in partnership with NYU Steinhardt, the Latino Studies Program at NYU, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), is proud to join in the celebration of NYU’s Latino Heritage Month with the opening of  FolkloRican: The Art of Pepe Villegas, our second exhibition of the 2010-2011 season.

Renowned multi-media artist Pepe Villegas presents us with a ten-piece collection of oil paintings that delve into an intriguing archive of personal and cultural memories referencing his Puerto Rican upbringing. Ranging from striking representational and semi-representational portraiture to abstract and symbolism-rich canvases, this highly evocative criollista sampling is deeply rooted in cultural pride, introspective contemplation, and national nostalgia.

The event will feature live music by percussionist and NYU Steinhardt masters candidate Carson Moody and is cosponsored by NYU Wagner’s Alliance of Latino & Latin American Students (ALAS), the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).

11/17/2010 WTA/UPSA: Brown bag with Rod King

Join Wagner Transportation Association and Urban Planning Students Association for lunch and discussion with UK traffic safety advocate, Rod King. Since 2004, Rod King has been campaigning for lower speeds limits on residential roads. In 2007 he founded 20’s Plenty for Us to provide information, guidance and support to local communities and organizations campaigning for lower speeds. The organization has gained wide recognition for its effectiveness, with more than 60 local campaigns running across the country. Recently the Sustainable Development Commission featured the organization in a Case Study for “mobilizing communities to create political mandate for action”. By focusing on a “grass roots” campaigning 20’s Plenty for Us facilitates real behavior change in communities to create a better, safer and more sustainable use of our urban and residential roads.

11/17/2010 Favela: a conversation with Janice Perlman

BOOK LAUNCH & PANEL Discussion presented by Urban Planning Student Association

Favela: Four decades living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro by Janice Perlman, founder & president of the Mega-cities project, author of the book will present her work on Rio’s Favela.

Panel Discussion facilitated by Professor Shlomo Angel on urban poverty, housing policy issues and slum upgrading in Brazilian cities.

11/16/2010 Food Insecurity in NYC: Addressing Hunger in Low-Income Communities

From low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. to developing countries, the inability to find affordable, nutritious food is increasingly occupying the attention of policy leaders around the world. In New York City alone, 3.3 million people are food insecure, meaning they do not have access at all times to enough food to lead an active, healthy life. Please join the Wagner Policy Alliance, the Wagner Food Policy Alliance, and the Wagner Health Network for a panel exploring the problem of food insecurity as it exists in local neighborhoods and communities throughout New York City.

The panel will focus on programs and approaches including food stamps, emergency food resources, school meals, and urban farming, to meet short-term food & nutrition needs as well as eliminate hunger, obesity and other health issues in the long-term. Panelists will discuss successes and challenges with implementing these programs on a systemic, neighborhood-wide level and suggest recommendations going forward.

Sabrina Baronberg, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jim Wengler, NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Philip Malebranche, NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Michele Mattingly, Fiscal Policy Institute

Moderated by Beth Weitzman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Professor of Health and Public Policy at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Please join us for the discussion. The panel will begin at 6:45pm.

11/16/2010 The Foreclosure Crisis and NYC Crime

Presented by the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA), Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Co-Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, will facilitate a conversation on the impact of the foreclosure crisis in NYC on local crime.

11/15/2010 Equality for Whom? The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics

Sponsored by the Stonewall Policy Alliance, the NYU Wagner LGBTQ student organization

How do issues such as same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell come to the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality? Are these issues that will benefit the whole LGBTQ community? Who is at the table when it comes to setting legislative and policy priorities?

Equality for Whom: The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics will engage interested stakeholders from Wagner, the broader NYU community and the city at large through presentation of front line accounts from practitioners and academics.

David Mixner, Civil Rights Activist and Author
Darnell Moore, LGBTQ activist and member of Newark city’s LGBTQ advisory commission
Ross Levi, Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Nicole Mason, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network.

Sean Cahill, Managing Director of Public Policy, Research and Community Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis

11/15/2010 The Campaign for Women's Rights in Cambodia

Topic:    The campaign for women’s rights and against political corruption and oppression in Cambodia.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner

Speaker:  Mu Sochua, a member of the Cambodian Parliament and advocate for human rights, gained her freedom from the Khmer Rouge as a girl when her parents put her on a plane to Paris in 1972 . After 18 years of exile and a successful career in the U.S. as a social worker, Sochua returned to Cambodia and found her country transformed into what Time magazine called “a pervert’s paradise”, where women and girls were so devalued that becoming a sex worker was a common fate. As Cambodia’s first woman seated as Minister of Women’s Affairs, Sochua nego0tiated an agreement with Thailand allowing Cambodian women trafficked as sex workers there to return to their home country in lieu of being jailed. As the author and defender of the Domestic Violence Law in the Cambodian Parliament, Sochua has served the women of her nation as an unrelenting advocate for the preservation and full practice of women’s rights. She also launched a campaign to bring NGOs, law enforcement officials and rural women into a national dialogue and education program to help protect women and girls victimized by trafficking and to boost prevention efforts nationwide. In 2005, when Vital Voices honored Mu Sochua in Washington, D.C. for her efforts in combating child trafficking in her native Cambodia, she said her mind remained with the women and children of Cambodia and called for international attention to government corruption and human rights abuses in her government, conditions she says create a climate where traffickers flourish. Sochua continues to be steadfast in her call for action toward the formation of an authentically democratic Cambodia where women’s rights are revered as human rights.

11/10/2010 Japan's Trade and Economic Policy Outlook

A leading Japanese economic-policy government official, from the powerful agency JETRO, discusses Japan's trade policy in the context of larger economic development. Focus both on recent years and the outlook for coming years.

11/10/2010 How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Return to the Future: How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Dr. David B. Crist is a senior historian in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has written and lectured extensively on contemporary military history, and he has produced numerous classified and unclassified studies examining current military operations in the Middle East. Dr. Crist recently served as a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is currently working as a special advisor on the Iranian military for the commander of U.S. Central Command.

Dr. Crist is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has served tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq with Special Operations Forces.

He is currently completing a book for Penguin Press on the history of the U.S.-Iranian conflict, which is due out next fall.