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10/27/2010 Afghanistan: Prospects for Success

Afghanistan: Prospects for Success

Max Boot is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, he is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications.

He is now writing Invisible Armies, a history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism. His last book, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (Gotham Books, 2006), has been hailed as a “magisterial survey of technology and war” by the New York Times, “brilliantly crafted history” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a book for both the general reader and reading generals” by the New York Post.

Boot is a frequent public speaker and guest on radio and television news programs, both at home and abroad. He has lectured on behalf of the U.S. State Department and at many military institutions, including the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, the Australian Defense College, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School, the Army Command and General Staff College, Marine Corps University, West Point, and the Naval Academy.

10/26/2010 [Cancelled] St. Vincent's: What Went Wrong?

A message from Wagner Health Network:

EVENT CANCELLATION - 10/26/2010 - St. Vincent's: What Went Wrong?

 Due to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings following the closure of St Vincent's this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in Spring 2011.

10/25/2010 The Impact of National Involvement on Local Education Policy

Presented by NYU Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA), NYU Stern’s Social Enterprise Association (SEA), and NYU Law School’s EdLaw.

A panel discussion featuring education historian Diane Ravitch and Shael Polakow-Suransky, Deputy Chancellor for Performance and Accountability for the New York City Department of Education, Charles Barone, Democrats for Education Reform Director of Federal Policy , and Evan Stone founder of Educators 4 Excellence .

The discussion will explore the role of federal policy in school governance and whether the federal government can effectively create positive change in the education reform movement. This panel will present a broad spectrum of perspectives reflective of the diversity of opinions in the field on topics such as Race to the Top, standardized testing, charter schools, and teacher evaluations.

10/25/2010 Boxed In: How Intermodalism Enabled Destructive Interport Competition

In this session of the New Thinking in Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series, Columbia doctoral candidate Cuz Potter will discuss his dissertation research, which examines how developing technology and changing political contexts have influenced the location of intermodal transportation facilities and what this means for economic development efforts in general.

10/22/2010 Rhetoric v. Reality: Supporting the Fight for Muslim Women's Rights in Afghanistan and Europe

Presented by The Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC) and the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

The oppression of Muslim women is most vividly represented in Western media by the headscarf and burqua. Through these articles of clothing, which are in fact from pre-Islamic origins, Muslim women are viewed as invisible, secluded, and persecuted, in contrast to Western women who are represented as free and liberated. This fetishization of Muslim women has been used to evoke fear in Europe and the US, where governments use the veil to legitimate domestic and foreign policy agendas. More importantly, the rhetoric used to portray Muslim women obscures valid human rights concerns that receive little to no attention.

This panel will bring together three leading women’s rights experts to discuss critical questions facing Muslim women and their rights. Why has the headscarf generated so much controversy? Where is the voice of the Muslim women who choose to cover and find it empowering? How has the rhetoric surrounding Muslim women been used to justify national and foreign policy agendas for Western nations? How can Muslim women be integrated into Western society? What are the biggest human rights issues that Muslim women face, both in the West and in Muslim-majority countries? After the panelists present there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

Speakers for this event:

John Gershman  (Moderator)
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service, Associate Director of NYU's Global MPH Program, and Director of Undergraduate Programs at Wagner.

Sunita Viswanath (formerly Mehta)
Co-founder and board member, Women for Afghan Women; editor, Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future (Palgrave/St. Martins Press, October 2002); board member, Women in Media and News.

Anushay Hossain
Founder and blogger, Anushay’s Point blog; blogger, The Huffington Post; part of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Nobel Peace Prize nominated Campaign For Afghan Women; writer, Feministing, Ms. Magazine Blog, and NPR (National Public Radio).

Sylvia Maier
Adjunct Instructor, Center for Global Affairs; Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters, including "Honor Killings and the Cultural Defense in Germany," "Shared Values: Democracy and Human Rights in the European Neighborhood Policy," and "Empowering Women Through ICT-Based Business Initiatives: An Overview of Best Practices in E-Commerce/E-Retail Projects."

10/21/2010 Violence and Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

Violence and Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

Featuring Deborah J. Yashar, Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Princeton University

Latin America today is among the most violent regions in the world. While most countries in the region transitioned from military rule in the 1970s and 1980s, homicide rates in the new civilian era are still extraordinarily high and pose serious challenges for practicing and defending democratic citizenship —particularly in Mexico, Central America, the Andes, and Brazil.

Yashar will discuss why and where violence has surged in the contemporary period. Drawing on her ongoing research, she will highlight the impact of changing patterns in the international political economy (particularly drugs), state capacity, and organizational competition.

10/20/2010 The Iranian Nuclear Bomb: Implications and Challenges for the United States

The Iranian Nuclear Bomb: Implications and Challenges for the United States

Michael Eisenstadt is a senior fellow and director of the Military and Security Studies program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has written numerous articles about Iran's nuclear program, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In his capacity as a U.S. Army reservist has served in Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.

10/20/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: MTA Chairman Jay Walder and Professor Mitchell Moss

Featuring MTA Chairman Jay Walder and Professor Mitchell Moss

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority currently faces tremendous financial challenges with a growing ridership and ambitious capital plans. Professor Moss will sit down with MTA Chariman and CEO Jay Walder to discuss how the agency is managing it's current fiscal shortfalls while working toward a vision of improved service and the implementation of cutting edge technology for the future.


Jay H. Walder was nominated by Governor David A. Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate on September 10, 2009 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, the largest transit agency in the United States. Chairman Walder has extensive experience in the public transportation business. He began his career in 1983 where he worked for the MTA, heading its capital program budget office. He most recently served as the managing director for finance and development at Transport for London (TfL), and is credited with the introduction of the system's extremely successful and popular "Oyster card."

Mitchell L. Moss is Director of the Rudin Center and the Henry Hart Rice Professor Urban Policy and Planning at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He served as Director of NYU's Taub Urban Research Center from 1987 to 2003. Professor Moss has been on the faculty of NYU since 1973 and served as Chairman of The Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts from 1981-83. He was voted "Best Teacher of the Year" by Wagner School students in 2002.

10/19/2010 A DREAM Deferred is a Dream Denied: Advancing Social Justice for Undocumented Youth

Presented by the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students.

A panel discussion event looking at the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, proposed immigration legislation which would put undocumented students on the path to legalization.

Presenters will examine the Act’s socio-political implications and its effect on young lives.

**Refreshments will be provided **

10/19/2010 Exploring Wagner's Research Institutes: WPA Brown Bag Discussion with RCLA and WOCPN

Hosted by Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA)

This brown bag discussion will highlight the work of two of Wagner's research institutes - the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) & the Women of Color Policy Network (WOCPN). We will learn more about the work of these institutes from the Faculty Director of RCLA, Prof. Sonia Ospina & from the Executive Director of the WCPN, Nicole Mason. This brown bag will also feature presentations by two students, Chanelle Pearson and Becky Rafter, who intern at these institutes will discuss their work. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

10/15/2010 IPSA Film Series: Good Fortune

Co-Sponsored by IPSA and WSAFA

This event is a collaboration with P.O.V., a PBS award-winning nonfiction film series.

Good Fortune is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project. The gripping stories of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development present a unique opportunity see foreign aid through eyes of the people it is intended to help. (By Landon Van Soest & Jeremy Levine)

After the film, participants will engage in discussions about our current development model and how practitioners in the field can make projects more beneficial for communities.

Panelists include Landon Van Soest, Director/Producer of the film, Jeremy Levine, Producer/Editor of the film,  Daniel Altman from Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategy and policy advisory firm specializing in international development and globalization, and Yamina Djacta from The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations agency for human settlements.

10/14/2010 Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

This event is at capicity and we are no longer accepting registration. 

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at another event soon.

10/14/2010 Reconciling Race, the Church, and Sexual Violence: Canada's Truth-seeking Experience

Reconciling Race, the Church, and Sexual Violence: Canada's Truth-seeking Experience

Paul Van Zyl, professor of Transitional Justice, NYU School of Law and Eduardo Gonzalez,  director of Truth-seeking Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice

Beginning in 1874 and for more than a century, state authorities removed indigenous Canadian children from their communities and placed them in church-run Indian Residential Schools to promote assimilation. By 1920 their attendance was compulsory, speaking Aboriginal languages in the schools was prohibited, and indigenous cultural practices were suppressed. Many students suffered abuse in the schools.

In 2006 the federal government agreed to a package of reparations for school survivors, the estimated $2 billion Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. This discussion examines this agreement, one of the first attempts to comprehensively address legacies of abuse in an established democracy.

10/14/2010 Doctoral Program Brown Bag

Thinking about Getting a PhD? Come to a Brown Bag on Doctoral Programs

Wondering if a PhD might be right for you? Curious about what's involved in applying?   Not sure what kinds of jobs a PhD prepares you for? Join Doctoral Program Director Erica Foldy and Professor Maria Damon to hear some background on PhD programs in general and Wagner's in particular, including the application process, career options, choosing among programs, and any other questions you have.

To view the Doctoral Program website, visit

Open to all graduate students
Beverages and Dessert provided

10/12/2010 Controversial Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice: NYPD's Stop and Frisk

Presented by the NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR).

In 2009, the NYPD stopped people in New York City more than 575,000 times. The NYPD asserts that its stop and frisk practices gather useful information for solving crimes and getting guns off the street. At the same time, nearly nine out of 10 people stopped were black or Latino. Only 12 percent of people stopped were arrested or received a summons, and police found guns in less than one percent of all stops.

In navigating the tension between safety and police-community relations, SCJR looks to researchers, reform advocates, and law enforcement practitioners to discuss questions such as:

• Why do proponents of stop and frisk support the policy and practice?
• Why do opponents of stop and frisk challenge the practice?
• What does the research show about the costs and benefits of this?
• What is the impact on communities affected by the practice?
• What are alternatives to the current policy and practice?

David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, Fortune Society
Garry McCarthy, Police Director, City of Newark
Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Dennis Smith, Associate Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

10/07/2010 Gender-based Violence in Complex Emergencies: Issues and Interventions

Gender-based Violence in Complex Emergencies: Issues and Interventions

Featuring Heidi Lehmann, head of the Gender-Based Violence Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Heidi Lehmann is an internationally recognized expert on violence against women and girls in conflict zones. She has over twelve years experience in the US, Africa and Asia. A Public Health professional, her work over the past seven years, has taken her to some of the worst conflict zones in recent history including, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.  Currently, she leads IRC’s work on key policy, programming and advocacy issues related to violence against women and girls, is part of various United Nations working groups and is often called on to brief Members of Congress.

10/07/2010 Breakfast Discussion with School Food Consultant Kate Adamick. Part II of Educating Through Eating: A Series on School Meals Reform

Kate Adamick is a consultant on school food reform, former director of NYC’s SchoolFood Plus Initiative, and chef.  She is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences and writes a blog for The Atlantic Monthly. Join Ms. Adamick and the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) for a free breakfast and discussion on current programs and initiatives to improve school meals.

Part II of Educating through Eating: A Two-Day Series on School Meals Reform presented by WFPA. Part I is a screening of the film "What's On Your Plate?" on Tuesday, Otcober 5th, at 7pm.

10/06/2010 More than a Paycheck: A New Perspective on Single Women Mothers and the Wealth Gap

Over the last twenty years, social supports for single women mothers have declined significantly. The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 coupled with continued cuts in funding for federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to low-income families, has made it nearly impossible for single women mothers to become economically secure or to build wealth.

Today, single women mothers possess only 4 percent of the wealth of single fathers and Black and Latino single mothers have a median wealth of zero.

Join us for the release of At Rope’s End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Asset Accumulation in the U.S. and a moderated conversation between Mariko Chang, PhD author of the newly released book Short Changed: Why Women have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It and Ida Rademacher, PhD Director of Research for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington D.C.

This event is part of the Opportunity Series of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. To learn more about the series and to download the full report, visit

10/06/2010 Learning for a Change Workshop: Managing Collaborative Change

Presented by the Wagner Management and Leadership Coalition (WMLO).

How can you foster and manage change in an organization? The "Learning Organization Model" is a way to nurture collaboration and transform thinking.

Prof. Erica Foldy will lead an interactive workshop to demonstrate how the model has affected the nonprofit and public sectors. Merle McGee, Capstone instructor and Vice President of Programs for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), will join the discussion to provide the perspective of an organization that has implemented the model.

10/05/2010 "What's On Your Plate?" Film Screening. Part I of Educating Through Eating: A Series on School Meals Reform

"What's on Your Plate?" is a witty and provocative documentary  by award-winning producer and directer Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas, talking with food activists, farmers, storekeepers, friends and family in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. Following will be a discussion and Q&A led by a speaker from the film.

Part I of Educating through Eating: A Two-Day Series on School Meals Reform presented by the Wagner Food Policy Alliance.

Part II is a Breakfast Discussion on Thursday, October 7th, at 9:30am, with school food consultant, chef, and Atlantic Monthly blogger, Kate Adamick.

10/05/2010 Defining Impact: Building the Case for Arts Support

How do we demonstrate that the arts can meaningfully contribute to social change? Who’s making a good case for arts funding? How can we shape our creative passions into evidence of impact? What specific benefits can the arts give individuals and communities? What exactly are our "theories of change?" How do we know when our arts programs been successful? What can we learn about demonstrating effectiveness from social service and education programs? When is "arts for arts sake" the best argument? Join the NYU Wagner Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC) and a panel of arts professionals, academics, and grant makers for a Creative Conversation around these important questions.

Panelists (in-formation): Ian David Moss, Research Director, Fractured Atlas

10/01/2010 "The Teacher Salary Project" Film Screening

Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) presents a sneak preview of the Teacher Salary Project, a feature-length documentary film and national outreach campaign that delves into the core of our educational crisis as seen through the eyes and experiences of our nation's teachers. This project is based on the New York Times bestselling book, Teachers Have It Easy by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of the 826 National writing programs Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers.

The Teacher Salary Project is produced by Eggers and Calegari, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth.

Nínive Calegari and Vanessa Roth will screen the documentary, discuss policies surrounding teacher salaries, and take questions.

09/30/2010 Russia and the North Caucasus: A spreading conflagration

Russia and the North Caucasus: A spreading conflagration

 Dr Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor and Academic Chair, NYU Center for Global Affairs

 The North Caucasus is burning. The war in Chechnya has essentially been won, thanks to a brutal counter-insurgency campaign and the virtual self-destruction of a divided rebel movement, but elsewhere insurgent movements are on the rise. Meanwhile, Moscow tries to grapple with the consequences of its policies, from the willful assertiveness of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov to the popular dissatisfaction of North Caucasian peoples alienated by years – decades – of corruption, underdevelopment and prejudice. What are the prospects for this troubled and troublesome region, and how does it matter to the rest of the world?

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