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02/25/2009 Dispatches from the War Room

Stanley Greenberg, one of the nation’s best-respected pollsters and political consultants, will be at Wagner on Feb. 25 to discuss his just-published book, “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.”  Based on his work with US President Bill Clinton, South African President Nelson Mandela, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, Greenberg will share personal experiences as well as insightful reflections on leadership, democracy, and the (blurred) lines between campaigning and governing.

02/25/2009 Councilmember Tony Avella

Councilmember Tony Avella

02/23/2009 Critical Perspectives in Policy Formation:

The Impact of Race, Class, Gender and Other Markers of Difference on Policymaking at the Local, State, and National Levels (Brown-Bag Lunch Panel Discussion)

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Women of Color Policy Network

There are a variety of factors and influences that shape the policymaking process and public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels including the contour and histories of public and private institutions; historic and present day attitudes and perceptions about race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other markers of difference; and research and available data on groups and communities. This panel will critically examine the gap between public policy formulation and enactment and the lived experiences of women of color, low-income individuals, and middle-class families. Panelists will also discuss challenges as well as strategies for creating inclusive and representative public policies in the new Administration.

Rachelle Brun – Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Wagner

Ingrid Ellen Gould – Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, NYU Wagner
Jose Garcia- Associate Director for Research and Policy, Demos
Jessica Gonzalez Rojas -Deputy Director,National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Makani Themba – Executive Director, The Praxis Project

C. Nicole Mason – Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network (moderator)


02/20/2009 Part II: Microfinance Initiatives and their Role in Global Health

Part II: Microfinance Initiatives and their Role in Global Health

Microfinance has made quite an impact on the lives of the poor in many countries, as has been well documented.  Presenters will discuss the primary links between health and microfinance, and which financial products may best impact health outcomes.  Micro-insurance and prepaid health savings accounts will be highlighted. 

02/20/2009 Social Change Organizations and Public Leadership: The Role of Social Change Leadership in Deepening Democracy

Thank  you for your interest, however THIS EVENT IS NOW  FULL.

Please e-mail AiLun Ku at to be put on the waiting list.  Thank you.

02/19/2009 Sustainability Across Africa

Presented by: National Geographic Adventure and sponsored at NYU by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action and the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. 

With Rob Holmes, Founder & President, Green Living Project


The “Green Living Project™ Event Series” is an inspiring multi-media presentation which features unique sustainability projects across Africa. Experience the team's journey across East Africa visiting eco-tourism, wildlife conservation, renewable energy, and community development programs including rhino sanctuaries, hyena projects, and new eco-lodges in Uganda; gorilla conservation and coffee bikes in Rwanda; schools, wildlife management, and cool farm-based lodges Tanzania. Join us to learn about sustainable living and responsible travel and how you can get directly involved with each of these exciting projects. 


This special event also features free door prizes and entry to win gear from National Geographic Adventure, Timberland, Gregory, Keen, Chaco, Lonely Planet, and ExOfficio.

02/19/2009 Challenges and Hope for Development: The Case of Rwanda and Darfur Survivors

Challenges and Hope for Development: The Case for Rwanda and Darfur Survivors with Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, OBE, Founder and Director, Survivors Fund;  Swiss Govt. nominee for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005

02/18/2009 The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Christiane Amanpour
02/18/2009 Food, Fuel and Finance: Public Forum on Global Crisis

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs, NYU Wagner's Health Program, NYU's Master's Program in Global Public Health, The Nation, Globalizations International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association, Routledge

While the global financial crisis currently dominates the front pages, it has displaced global crises of fuel prices and access to food. Join a discussion that explores the relationship between these three crises, the policy solutions necessary for an effective response, and the social transformations that will likely ensue.

- Walden Bello, executive director of Focus on the Global South and professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines, and author of Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy
- Jun Borras, Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Canada, co-editor of Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization
- Barry Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University, editor of The Clash of Globalizations: 'Empire' or 'Cosmopolis'
- Frances Moore Lappe, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and author of Diet for a Small Planet and co-author of Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet.

02/13/2009 Sons of Lwala Film Screening

The Global Health Alliance of New York University is pleased to present the film Sons Of Lwala on Friday, February 13, 2009. Sons of Lwala follows the lives of two Kenyan brothers who have made their way to medical school in the United States from their small rural village, Lwala. While they pursue their studies they also take on the ambitious task of building a health clinic in Lwala. The village has had no access to medical care despite the high rates of HIV/AIDS and illness in the community.

Please join us for the film screening which will be followed by a discussion session with representatives from the Lwala Community Alliance which supports the clinic documented in the film. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Lwala Community Alliance.

02/12/2009 Are We There Yet: Affirmative Action in the Age of Obama

Hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner

Over the last decade, affirmative action policies and similar legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for women and racial and ethnic minorities have been significantly rolled back with three states—California, Washington, and Michigan passing laws that ban affirmative action. In fact, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States has many wondering about the future and need for public policies and legislation that attempt to address issues of racial and gender discrimination. This moderated discussion between Alan Jenkins, President of the Opportunity Agenda and John Payton, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund will explore the shifting public debate on the role of race in American society and Politics.

02/12/2009 Reproductive Health of War-Affected Populations: What Do We Know?

Reproductive Health of War-Affected Populations: What Do We Know? with Therese McGinn, Associate Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health, and Director, Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

02/10/2009 Reynolds Speaker Series: Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water
02/05/2009 State of the City 2009

Sponsored by the NYU Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) and Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

New York City saw unprecedented events in 2008, and the effects of those events will be felt for years. Will New York City face another fiscal crisis, 1970s-style? Will the City be forced to cut services or increase taxes, or both? What will happen to tourism? To crime? To education? To the long term vision for New York that Mayor Bloomberg outlined in PlaNYC?

Please join the Wagner community and expert panelists on New York City government for a discussion on the long and short term impacts, as outlined in the State of the City address and FY2009 budget, of Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda for New York City in 2009. This is an event not to be missed - the Mayor’s 2009 plan will greatly impact every sector and citizen in New York City.

Panelists include:
- Larian Angelou, Deputy Director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget
- Charles Brecher, NYU Wagner Professor of Public and Health Administration; Research Director for the Citizens Budget Commission

- Frankie Edozien, NYU Carter Institute Professor of Journalism; Former City Hall Reporter for the New York Post
- Preston Niblack, Director of Finance, New York City Council

- Doug Turetsky, Communications Director for New York City's Independent Budget Office

Moderated by Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner

02/05/2009 Where Has the Russian "Mafiya" Gone? And Should We Care?

Where has the Russian 'Mafiya' Gone? And Should We Care? with Mark Galeotti, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

02/04/2009 Women and Leadership: How to Differentiate Yourself Early in Your Healthcare Career

Sponsored by NYU Wagner Women's Caucus and ACHE/HLNY

There has been much attention paid to the role of women as leaders and administrators in the healthcare workforce in recent media publications.  For perhaps the first time, many young women are entering the healthcare field with advanced-level degrees in business administration, public health, public policy, etc.  This is in contrast with the first generation of women healthcare leaders who, in general, started their careers as providers, most notably as nurses, before transferring their skills to more administrative roles.  This panel discussion will speak directly to female students who are interested in hearing stories from the front lines of healthcare from the perspective of other healthcare careerists. 



Mara Bloom (Wagner alumna), New York-Presbyterian Health System
Shawna Koch, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, LLP
Beth St. James (Wagner alumna), Mount Sinai
Adam Weinstein, New York Hospital Queens
Betty Wilber, Mount Sinai

Moderated by Angela Salerni, Mount Sinai 

02/03/2009 The Great Experiment: Quest for a Global Nation

On Feb. 3, NYU Wagner will welcome Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution and seasoned veteran of US international affairs, including a superb stint as Deputy Secretary of State.

Talbott's wide-ranging discussion of global affairs will be based on his highly regarded 2008 book "The Great Experiment: Quest for a Global Nation." Join us for a riveting exchange on topics from global warming to the Middle East conflict to the changing US role in the world.

01/29/2009 The Impact of Climate Change on International Peace & Security: A View from the Small Island States
The Impact of Climate Change on International Peace & Security with Stuart Beck, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (Palau) and Islands First Board Member
01/28/2009 From Prison to Empowerment: Women Advocates Take on the Criminal Justice System

Sponsored by: NYU Students for Criminal Justice Reform, Women of Color Policy Network, Women's Prison Association, NYU Wagner Women's Caucus, WORTH, and the Correctional Association's Women in Prison Project.

Women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population yet their voices are often marginalized in criminal justice reform debates. This panel will highlight how formerly incarcerated women are advocating to influence and guide public policies that directly affect their lives. Food and refreshments will be served.

01/26/2009 Reynolds Speaker Series: Chuck D. - Founder, Public Enemy, Arts Activist & Musician

The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 Speaker Series "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" (PDF). This year's series features a remarkable selection of social entrepreneurs who have launched extraordinary programs addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.

Reflecting the NYU Reynolds belief that social entrepreneurship is a meta-profession drawing on cross-disciplinary knowledge and practice, the series presents prominent social entrepreneurs and leaders from across the spectrum of public and professional sectors who will share their insights as cutting-edge, far reaching change makers.

01/23/2009 Part I: Health Insurance in the Developing World

Part I: Health Insurance in the Developing World

With Mr. Alexander S. Preker, Head of Health Investment Policy in the Investment Climate and Investment Generation branch of the Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS) within the World Bank Group

Health insurance in the developing world has taken on many forms in recent years, some of which have been modelled after best practices from developed countries and tailored to local needs.  Alexander Preker will discuss some of the approaches embraced by recent World Bank projects around the world, and will discuss the benefits and challenges of utilizing various forms of health insurance in developing nations.

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