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09/29/2010 A Conversation on the 2010 Midterm Elections

The Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA), NYU Department of Politics, and the Stern Social Enterprise Association present  a "Conversation on the 2010 Midterm Elections" as the first event in its year long theme The Dollars and Sense of U.S. Social Policy. Participants on this panel discussion include Professor Robert Shrum, Professor Shanna Rose, and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

The panel will examine the role that the national debt and social policy will play as voters head to the polls this fall, among other topics related to the Midterm Elections.

09/29/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, real estate developer Douglas Durst and Professor Vicki Been

Featuring Janette Sadik-Khan, real estate developer Douglas Durst and Professor Vicki Been

In recent years the streets of New York City have been transformed by the Department of Transportation. Changes to the streetscape have had an effect on the real estate market, though the full impact is not yet fully understood.

Professor Vicki Been will lead a discussion with Douglas Durst and Janette Sadik-Khan about the relationship between transportation policy and the real estate and development sector.

Vicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Professor of Public Policy at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is the Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Professor Been teaches courses in Land Use Regulation, Property, and State and Local Government. She also co-teaches an interdisciplinary Colloquium on the Law, Economics and Politics of Urban Affairs.

Douglas Durst is a member of the third generation to run The Durst Organization, one of New York City's most respected real estate developers and management companies and one of the originators of the Green Building Movement. Mr. Durst is a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, The Landmarks Conservancy, The New School, The Municipal Art Society and Project for Public Spaces.

Janette Sadik-Khan serves as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation since her appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in April of 2007. She manages 4,500 skilled employees with wide ranging expertise from engineering to construction finance, to marine navigation, and is responsible for 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry

09/27/2010 Creative State: Book Announcement and Celebration

At the turn of the 21st century, governments around the world began searching for ways to capitalize on emigration for economic growth, and they looked to nations that already had policies in place. Morocco and Mexico featured prominently as sources of “best practices” in this area.

In Creative State, Assistant Professor of Public Policy Natasha Iskander chronicles how these innovative policies emerged and evolved over 40 years and reveals how neither the governments nor their migrant constituencies ever predicted the ways the initiatives would fundamentally redefine nationhood, development and citizenship.

Morocco’s and Mexico’s experiences with migration and development policy demonstrate that the state can be a remarkable site of creativity, an essential but often overlooked component of good governance.


Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management, NYU Wagner

Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and Professor of Sociology at NYU

Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and former Foreign Minister of Mexico.

Ruth Milkman,  Associate Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at CUNY, Professor of Sociology at CUNY

09/24/2010 Bridge Bash

Join NYU Wagner’s Bridge: Students for Social Entrepreneurship Club for the annual Bridge Bash! This is a networking and social event when the club announces its upcoming activities and events for students interested in advancing social innovation and leading change through social entrepreneurship. We will be talking about the upcoming NetImpact Conference, the SIPA/Bridge Boot Camp, our consulting and microfinance initiatives, and more!

09/24/2010 Cheong Gye Cheon Restoration Project - A Good Example of Sustainable Development

For 50 years, the Cheong Gye Cheon, a stream running through downtown Seoul, South Korea, was buried under an elevated highway. In 2005, the stream was daylighted as part of an urban renewal project that resulted in a three-mile long green corridor, attracting picnickers, wildlife, and worldwide attention. This restoration project has laid the groundwork for Seoul's transformation into a human-orientated, environmentally-sustainable city.

Dr. In-Keun Lee, Seoul’s assistant mayor for infrastructure, will discuss the Cheong Gye Cheon restoration project. For more information about the project, please see the 2009 NYTimes article

Co-sponsored by:
NYU Gallatin School
NYU Dept. of Environmental Studies
NYU Wagner Urban Planning Program
NYU Wagner Urban Planning Students Association

09/23/2010 The Causes of Child Soldiering and Forced Recruitment with Chris Blattman

The Causes of Child Soldiering and Forced Recruitment

Featuring Chris Blattman, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics, Yale University; 2009-10 visiting fellow at NYU Wagner and 2010-11 visiting fellow at NYU’s Department of Politics.

Theories of child soldiering are as numerous as the theorists. In theory rebel leaders forcibly recruit lower-ability children under specific circumstances: when punishment and supervision are cheap, when children’s other options are bad, and when rebel groups are poor. To understand which mechanisms dominate in practice, Chris Blattman will discuss interviews and surveys of former members of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and the evidence that suggests that children are more easily indoctrinated and disoriented than adults. His analysis will confirm the findings on a new “cross-rebel” dataset and results that suggest new strategies for combating child soldiering.

09/21/2010 Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States

Public service organizations have an unprecedented opportunity to harness the expertise and talents of Baby Boomers as they age, since it’s a generation that wants to keep working or to volunteer in public service.

But a new study finds that as Baby Boomers invigorate and redefine the 60-to-80 year old stage of life in the coming years, there is relatively little understanding of how record numbers of engaged older workers and volunteers will affect America’s labor force, or what ethnic and religious communities and voluntary institutions of all kinds could do to mobilize, train, and absorb them.

In particular, given national efforts to engage Baby Boomers, minority communities may suffer a loss of leadership, talent and funding as Baby Boomers look outside their religious or ethnic communities for meaningful work and volunteer opportunities.

The study focuses on Baby Boomers in the Jewish community in particular, based principally on a nationwide survey of 34 metropolitan Jewish communities that elicited the attitudes of more than 6,500 people. It highlights the unique demands that Baby Boomers’ interests and needs may place on the institutions, agencies and federations of the Jewish community of North America.

Join us for a discussion with David M. Elcott, PhD, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner and author of “Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities,” about his findings and their implications for community organizations.

Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Chief of The Jewish Week, the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States, will moderate what is sure to be a lively, informative dialogue.

The event is sponsored by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America, UJA-Federation of New York, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ.

09/21/2010 Just Give Money to the Poor: Book Launch and Discussion

At this special book launch event, come hear from and converse with two authors of Just Give Money to the Poor, David Hulme and Armando Barrientos, as they challenge the international aid industry with an elegant southern alternative – bypass governments and NGOs and let the poor decide how to use their money.

Stressing that cash transfers are not charity or a safety net, the authors draw an outline of effective practices that work precisely because they are regular, guaranteed and fair. Their new accessible book is essential reading for policymakers, students of international development and anyone yearning for an alternative to traditional poverty alleviation methods.

Introductory remarks by Jonathan J. Morduch Professor of Public Policy and Economics at NYU Wagner.

Co-sponsored by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), Development Research Institute at NYU and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

09/15/2010 Eid Celebration and Pakistani Floods Awareness

Please join the Wagner International Public Service Association (IPSA) Student Group and theInternational Rescue Committee to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramandan with an Eid dinner and a discussion on the flooding in Pakistan.

The International Rescue Committee will discuss the impact of the floods in Pakistan and its work providing targeted relief to women and children. The discussion will be followed with dinner featuring food from the region.

09/15/2010 International Humanitarian Surgery: Surgery for the Rest of the World

Dr. Adam L. Kushner, MD, MPH, FACS, a board certified general surgeon who practices exclusively in developing countries and a founder of Surgeons OverSeas (SOS), will present an overview of surgery in the developing world - a subject Dr. Paul Farmer has called "the neglected stepchild of global health."

Based on Dr. Kushner's experience of working in over 20 developing countries, he will provide an overview of the problems and complexities of providing quality surgical care for the billions of people who live on less than $2 a day, highlight recent research, and discuss future plans to address the massive unmet global burden of surgical disease.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

08/12/2010 Liberian Diaspora Exchange Forum: A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia
07/22/2010 Better Airports for Metro Areas: Breakfast Forum

Presented by the Regional Plan Association, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and the Better Airports Alliance.

This breakfast forum will feature three case studies that will explore how airports in Chicago, London and San Francisco dealt with capacity and delay issues, and what New York can learn.

06/16/2010 High Speed Rail: Leveraging Federal Investment Locally

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is pleased to announce High Speed Rail: Leveraging Federal Investment Locally, a symposium to be held on June 16th, 2010.

Following the January 2010 rail funding announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation, interest in rail investment – and what it means for American communities – has continued to expand. Conversations are taking place across the country, bringing in new participants as well as experienced professionals from around the world to discuss the new corridors. In focusing on how to implement new rail corridors there is a risk of overlooking the need to manage the regional impacts of the nodes that comprise these systems. Leveraging Federal Investment Locally will enhance the national dialogue on high-speed rail investment through a focus on how new facilities will be linked to existing regional transportation infrastructure and economic development efforts. In addition, there will be an examination of the political context of establishing new rail infrastructure in a democratic nation where land use is controlled locally.

Presenters included:

Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (Keynote Speaker)
David Levinson, University of Minnesota
Anthony Perl, Simon Fraser University
Frank Zshoche, Managing Director, Civity Management Consultants, Hamburg Germany

Pannel Discussions with:
Arthur L. Guzzetti, Vice President for Policy, American Public Transportation Association
David Carol, Vice Presdient, HRSR, Parsons Brinkerhoff
WIlliam Wheeler, Director of Special Project Development and Planning, MTA

Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
MaryAnne Gilmartin, Executive Director for Commerical and Residential Development, Forest City Ratner
Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City
Eugene K. Skoropowski, Director of Rail and Transit Services, HNTB Corporation

Melissa Lafsky, Managing Editor, Infrastruturist
Stan Rosenblum, Jacobs Engineering
Michael Evans, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Govenor, New York State

The event was co-sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff and presented in Partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

05/06/2010 Fast Trash Symposium: Garbage Collection and the Future of Cities

What if we radically changed the way we move garbage through the city? International practitioners will explore this question with their New York City counterparts in a unique panel discussion. The symposium will be held in conjunction with FAST TRASH, an exhibition on the underground pneumatic garbage collection system in use on Roosevelt Island in New York City since 1975.

The purpose of the panel is to open a dialogue around the role of garbage collection in the future of dense urban environments.
Independent experts, planners and officials from cities in Europe and Canada that have experience with underground waste transportation systems will describe the process, and the context in which the decision was made.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and Envac, manufacturer of the Roosevelt Island system, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1969 master plan for the Island.


-Rosina Abramson, Vice President of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, RIOC

-Richard Anderson, President NY Building Congress

-Steven Brautigam, Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Affairs, DSNY

-Ken Greenberg, Architect and Urban Designer, Toronto

-Martin Maillet, Senior Project Manager for the City of Montreal

-Suzanne Mattei, Director NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, NYC Office

-Mike Youkee, Housing Expert and Development Consultant, London

-Carlos Vazquez, Technical Director Sanitation Department, Barcelona

-Lovisa Wassbäck, Head of Waste Planning, Traffic Administration, Stockholm

04/29/2010 Film Screening: 'Food, Inc.'

Hosted by Bridge and StartingBloc

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Find out on April 29th at a special screening of the film, Food, Inc.

Join the StartingBloc New York Alumni Board and Bridge, the Social Innovation club at NYU-Wagner School of Public Service for an evening of entertainment and provocative discussion about the food industry and nutrition.  Refreshments also served.

04/28/2010 The 2010 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum


Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics,
Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Harvard University

Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm
Program: 6 - 7:30 pm

Space is limited.

04/27/2010 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
04/26/2010 The Power of Compassion: Book Discussion on THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE and Interview with author Peter Singer

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Laurie Beckelman
, Founder, Beckelman+Capalino

Elie Hassenfeld
, Founder,

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but also ethically indefensible.  He makes the argument that philanthropic giving can make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. Peter Singer’s book has boosted a nascent trend toward evaluation and transparency in nonprofit work. 

At this event, we will discuss the critical role of nonprofit organizations and the need to ensure the effectiveness of their work and compete for donor support by demonstrating impact.  Many individuals are reluctant to donate largely because they don’t know which nonprofits are doing the best work and making the biggest impact in the most cost-effective way.  The new nonprofit charity evaluator, has emerged as a part of the solution.  Through rigorous assessment they find outstanding charities and publish the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give.

Reception and book signing will folllow.  For more information, call Liz Fanning at (646) 942-0797.

Doors open at 5:30 and the program starts promptly at 6:00pm.

04/23/2010 Gian-Claudia Sciara, Planners and the Pork Barrel: Metropolitan Engagement in and Resistance to Congressional Transportation Earmarking

Gian-Claudia Sciara, Planners and the Pork Barrel: Metropolitan Engagement in and Resistance to Congressional Transportation Earmarking

Since passage of the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), U.S. transportation policy has gradually strengthened metropolitan authority over federal transportation investments. Federal law requires metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)—composed of local elected officials, transportation agency leaders, and public stakeholders—to plan and program federally funded improvements in urban regions. Yet members of the U.S. Congress have increasingly used funding bills to “earmark” funds to specific transportation projects. Derogatively called pork barreling, the practice can transfer discretion over transportation finance from metropolitan officials to members of Congress, who may hand-pick projects for funding whether or not they reflect regional transportation needs or priorities articulated in their MPOs’ long range plans (LRPs) or transportation improvement programs (TIPs).

04/23/2010 Governance and Development in Southern Afghanistan

Governance and Development in Southern Afghanistan

Frank Ruggiero, Senior Civilian in Southern Afghanistan, has been one of the leading figures in the Department on U.S. security strategy in the Persian Gulf and on political-military issues in the Middle East. He will speak on the current state of governance and development in Southern Afghanistan and the increasing role of US civilians there.

04/22/2010 Public Ends: Private Means - Government Engagement with the Private Health Sector in Developing Countries

Join us for a special event with Alexander S. Preker, Head of Health Investment Policy & Analysis for the Investment Climate Department of the World Bank Group.

Government has generally been seen as the most important provider of health services in developing countries, but low quality services and severe fiscal constraints have limited access and availability of services in the public sector. In this context can developing countries afford to ignore the valuable resources and energy that is often available through the private sector?

Come hear NYU Wagner adjunct professor Alex Preker discuss the role of private health sector in addressing key health-related development challenges and how government could improve engagement with the private sector.

Mr. Preker has had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997.

04/21/2010 Indigenous Rights in the Amazon: Fostering a conversation with the Amazon to the United Nations

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Office of International Programs (OIP) for an informal dialogue among Amazonian indigenous leaders to discuss current issues pertaining to their local communities and how they are representing their respective populations at the ninth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) taking place April 19-30.


Moi Enomenga was born just before his family and his Huaorani tribe were contacted by missionaries. Moi quickly became a strong voice for his people and was the first to create an organized federation. Through advocacy within Ecuador and abroad, Moi was able to secure legal rights to the largest indigenous territory in Ecuador. Today he faces issues of protecting non-contacted families in his territory, illegal logging, and environmental concerns related to oil cultivation.

Gloria Ushigua is the last Shaman of the smallest indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Zapara. Today she struggles to not only preserve the medicinal and spiritual knowledge and culture of her people but fights to guarantee the existence of her people.

Additional panelists to be announced.


Salo Coslovsky joined NYU Wagner in September 2009 as an Assistant Professor of International Development. His research bridges international development, legal sociology, and organizational behavior, and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. His dissertation examined how Brazilian prosecutors enforce labor and environmental laws so as to enhance business competitiveness. Salo is additionally interested in forest-based industries in the Amazon.

04/19/2010 Rebuilding Haiti: Sustainable Development, Infrastructure, and Education Panel Discussion and Fund-raising Reception

NYU Wagner and the Division of Student Affairs seek to continue the conversations about rebuilding Haiti, with an eye toward understanding how we can help address issues over the long term.

Please join us for a panel discussion that will explore policy considerations and possibilities for sustainable development, with a focus on housing, infrastructure, and education systems.

Panelists include:
Carey Shea, Executive Director of Project Home Again in New Orleans

Monika Kalra Varma, Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights

Garry Pierre-Pierre, Editor and Publisher of the Haitian Times and community activist

Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU Wagner Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, will moderate.

This event will be followed by a one-hour reception and fund-raising raffle sponsored by the Wagner Volunteer Corps. Please join us.

04/19/2010 From HillaryCare to ObamaCare<br>with Bob Shrum and Doris Kearns Goodwin

During the 1992 campaign President Clinton outlined principles of health-care reform, but no specific plan. He installed Hillary Clinton to lead a task force that would determine the administration’s health-care reform proposal, but the resulting bill was complicated and cumbersome and did not pass. Did President Clinton lose the momentum on his first piece of legislation by dragging out the process and focusing on reducing the deficit? When should political circumstances trump policy goals? Should the president have compromised on his legislation?

President Obama took the opposite approach to health-care reform than did Clinton in 1992, and allowed Congress to draft the legislation. As the summer of 2009 stretched on with cries of “death panels” and “socialized medicine” echoing across the country, the prospect of health reform seemed threatened. How did President Obama regain control of the issue? Should he have exercised more influence from the beginning of the process instead of using his political capital in the final stages? How did the fight for health-care reform shape President Obama’s first year in office? Will it enable him to tackle other major policy initiatives such as financial reform and immigration reform? What impact will the legislation have on the mid-term elections and in 2012?

Join NYU Wagner's Senior Fellow and renowned political consultant Bob Shrum and Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin for this exciting discussion. Space is limited.

04/16/2010 Advanced Film Screening of The Rubber Room

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

Join WEPSA for a screening of the much-anticipated film The Rubber Room. This independent, in-depth documentary brings to light one of the most controversial topics in NYC public education.     

Every day, hundreds of suspended teachers report to “Rubber Rooms” around the city rather than their schools. A slang term, Rubber Rooms are holding facilities for teachers charged of misconduct.  Temporarily and indefinitely revoked of their teaching privileges, the accused educators are paid in full each day for months - and sometimes years - as they wait for their adjudications. Annually, the NYC Department of Education spends an estimated $35-65 million to sustain these Rubber Rooms.

The screening will be from 6-7:30pm, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the filmmakers.