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03/08/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Storytelling as Transitional Justice

​with Louis Bickford, Associate Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner

03/04/2016 Documentary Screening: Merchants of Doubt

Join ACE as we watch the critically acclaimed documentary Merchants of Doubt. The film explores public relations tactics that have been used to cast doubt on scientific research in order to protect business interests. The central concern of the film is the ongoing use of these tactics to forestall governmental action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in response to the risk of global climate change.

03/04/2016 Storytelling with Open Data: A Tool for Civic Impact

Join WagnerTech and Bridge: Students for Social Innovation for a panel discussion on using open data as a tool for civic and social impact!

Since 2012, New York City has made over 1,200 data sets available to the public on the NYC Open Data portal. But what do these numbers actually tell us? What can we use them for?

Since their release, individuals and organizations have used these freely-available information sources to tell creative stories about New York City, painting compelling portraits of urban life from the information collected by the government. Others have used data sets to affect public policy, by drawing connections between different human behaviors.

Panelists will include:
- Ben Wellington, the blogger/statistician behind the beloved open data blog I Quant NY and assistant professor at the Pratt Institute
- Meredith Broussard, data journalist and assistant professor in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University

Panelists will share their storytelling approaches, techniques, and cases.

03/04/2016 A Deep Dive into CDFIs

Join us for a deep dive exploration of Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) in New York. A CDFI is a mission driven financial institution that provides credit and other financial services to underserved people and communities. They are a crucial source of financing and support to develop affordable housing, childcare centers, health care facilities, small and growing businesses, and more. 

In this panel event we will discuss the strategies of CDFI's, what has worked, what hasn't, and what the future holds for the development of underserved communities in the US. We will be joined by speakers from several CDFI's including: Business Center for New Americans, Primary Care Development Corp, and BOC Capital Corporation.

03/03/2016 Skills Workshop: GIS Data Visualization

Please join UPSA on March 3rd for our first installment of our Skills Workshop Series. Learn about data visualization and how to make compelling and appealing maps from our speaker Sean Capperis of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to learn.

03/03/2016 Fireside Chat with Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International & Foreign Language Education, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education

Join WEPSA for a fireside chat with Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Deputy Assistant Secretary of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). As Deputy Assistant Secretary of IFLE, Mr. Abdel-Kader is responsible for encouraging and promoting the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States; and coordinates with related international and foreign language education programs of other Federal agencies. His office administers programs to strengthen foreign language learning, international and area studies teaching, and research and curriculum development on global issues at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and K-12 levels.

03/01/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - View from the Frontlines: U.S.-Pakistan Relations Under Fire

With Cameron Munter, Chief Executive Officer and President of the East-West Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (2010-2012)

02/29/2016 Islam Nusantara: An Indonesian Challenge to the Ideology of Islamic State
​Many in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country claim a brand of Islam - called Islam Nusantara or Islam of the East Indies - offers a tolerant alternative to violence in the name of Islam. Akhmad Sahal will speak about Islam Nusantara and the degree to which it can confront jihadism.

Akhmad Sahal is a Ph.D candidate of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and a former research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. His research area revolves around modern Islamic and Jewish political thinking. Sahal is the co-editor of Islam Nusantara (2015).
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02/26/2016 In the Field: Government

Join UPSA for our first semester installment of the In the Field series. We will hear from three current students about their experiences working in city government on issues such as transportation safety, city planning, and affordable housing. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific questions and gain a better sense of what types of jobs exist for planners in city government. Light refreshments will be provided and informal happy hour to follow.

02/26/2016 New York Transit Museum Tour

A guided tour of the New York Transit Museum (corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street). Only 15 spots are available, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

02/26/2016 Webinar for EMPA Public Service Leaders Prospective Students

Join us for an online information session to learn more about NYU Wagner's EMPA program for Public Service Leaders. We will provide an overview of the program, enrollment options - including a Saturday-only format, admissions process and student outcomes. There will be a short presentation and plenty of time for questions.

02/26/2016 13th Annual IPSA Conference on the Future of Development | Looking Ahead

The 13th Annual IPSA Conference will explore issues around the Future of Development, focusing on where the industry is heading in terms of innovations and social issues in development.

2015 was a big year in the international arena, with both the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Determining how to move forward to achieve these goals with innovative solutions is now one of the big questions.

This year’s summit will focus on issues such as innovations in development, women´s rights, economic development, and the role of feedback loops as an effective tool for learning and collaboration within the development arena. It is our hope to have an open and honest conversation about the challenges that the future presents and how we might be able to overcome such challenges in order to accomplish these goals.

The Summit will take place on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 4th Floor.

11:00 am - 11:30 am: Registration / Coffee
11:30 am - 11:45 am: Opening Remarks
11:50 am - 1:00 pm: 1st Panel - SDGs: challenges and opportunities
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Lunch
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: 2nd Panel - Innovations for Development
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm: Featured Speaker - Feedback loops: learning and collaboration

02/25/2016 Career Opportunities in Public Finance

Come hear a diverse panel of Public Finance market participants who will share their perspectives on careers in the industry. A panel of experts from Northeast Women in Public Finance will speak about the varied opportunities within the Public Finance industry and offer advice to job-seekers, followed by an informal networking session with plenty of opportunities for Q&A.

Panelists Include:      
Catherine Zhang | Vice President; 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Kim Vaccari | EVP and Chief Financial Officer
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Betty Infantes | Senior Vice President, Municipal Securities Group
Jefferies LLC
Zoya Gargiulo | Managing Director
Mohanty Gargiulo LLC
Lisa Cole | Principal, Credit Research
Prudential Fixed Income
Kimberly Lyons | Vice President, Credit Risk - Municipal Finance
Dexia Credit Local
Cate Singer | Director
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
Loren Wojcik | Analyst
Assured Guaranty
Gail Sussman | Managing Director – US Public Finance
Moody’s Investors Service
About NEWPF:
Northeast Women in Public Finance is a not-for-profit organization for women who work in private or public sector firms or organizations that are engaged in public finance. We offer educational and networking events as well as a mentoring program with the goal of creating opportunities for our members and participants to enhance their career opportunities and share insights about issues impacting the public finance industry. Learn more at

02/25/2016 Women's Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair

Join the Women's Foreign Policy group for an evening of round table discussions with senior-level experts in International Development, UN, NGOs, Human Rights, International Law, International Health, International Business, Foreign Service and Communication. Learn about the skills required in the global job market and get valuable career planning advice and guidance.


02/23/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Religious Harmony Versus Religious Freedom: The Rise of Religious Discrimination and Intolerance in Indonesia

with Andreas Harsono, Indonesia Researcher at Human Rights Watch

02/23/2016 Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn became a model for urban development

Public and private investment, undertaken in concert with smart land-use policy and sustained local advocacy, has spurred a transformation in the area, according to a new report by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, NYU Rudin Center and Appleseed Inc. Join local leaders to learn more about how Downtown Brooklyn became a model for urban development:

  • Joseph Chan, EVP, Empire State Development Corporation
  • Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
  • Hugh O'Neill, President, Appleseed Inc.
  • Tucker Reed, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Moderated by Mitchell L. Moss

02/20/2016 Philly Wagner Get Together

Date: 2/20/2016
Time: From 4:00pm
Location: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Our next social endeavor: drinks, bratwursts, and good company at Frankfurt Hall (1210 Frankford Ave, Fishtown). Festivities will commence on Saturday, Feb. 20 starting at 4PM. Feel free to bring spouses, significant others, kids, and friends.

02/20/2016 NYU Wagner Open House

The best way to get a broad introduction to NYU Wagner is to attend an Open House. In this Open House, you will learn about NYU Wagner's Masters programs and its vision for a public service education re-framed. You will hear in-depth descriptions of our programs, get important information about admissions and financial aid, as well as have an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. This open house is relevant for anyone interested in our Masters or Executive Masters programs.

At the start a faculty member will speak about NYU Wagner broadly. Other faculty will then lead small group discussions by degree program with current students.

Sign in begins at 9:45am and the event begins promptly at 10:00am.

02/19/2016 2016 Social Innovation Symposium "Integrated Impact: Collaborating for Change"

Please visit our website at for the full schedule, contact information, and up-to-the-minute updates!

Don't miss the 6th Annual Social Innovation Symposium, NYU's premier event showcasing New York City's Social enterprise community! This year's theme, "Integrated Impact: Collaborating for Change,” will address the many ways business, government, and nonprofit entities can be strategic allies in driving social change.

We’re excited to feature Dalila Wilson-Scott, Head of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., as our keynote speaker. We’re also facilitating a hands-on design workshop together with IDEO, and welcoming panelists from the NYC Mayor’s Office, Rockefeller Foundation, the NYU Center for Sustainable Business, and many more.

Dalila Wilson-Scott, President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Impact investing
Innovations in NYC Government
Social enterprise roundtable
Design thinking with IDEO
10 Minutes to Change the World
Networking Reception


02/18/2016 Professionals Career Mixer

Come and network with professionals working to addressing socio-economic and political issues facing African communities both in the U.S and the world at large. This is an opportunity to gain positive influence and advice from experts in International development, community empowerment and impact investment.

02/17/2016 Black Votes Matter

The purpose of this event is to provide our audience or students with an analysis of the platforms of each presidential candidate. The event is to emphasize the importance of taking advantage of our voting power. Additionally, we aim to provide students with a context of options to consider when selecting which presidential candidate to support. More importantly, we hope to bring an awareness of the election, our roles, and the impact that each candidate can potentially have on us both individually and as a community.

02/16/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Displacement, Response, and Durable Solutions: How Can the International Humanitarian Community Address the Refugee Crisis?

with Fiston Kahindo, Recruiter, International Rescue Committee

02/09/2016 Careers in Elected Government: A Panel Discussion

On February 9th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm, the Wagner Policy Alliance is hosting a panel discussion about careers in elected office.

The goal of this panel is to provide students with networking opportunities, general information, guidance, and encouragement to pursue positions within the realm of elected government office (an elected position, campaign staff, elected official support staff, etc). Wagner students—people who are connected to their communities, who are dedicated to serving those in need, and who have the passion to reinvigorate the field—are exactly the kind of people we want to hold elected offices.

Meet and Mingle: 5:30 to 6:30
Panel: 6:30 to 7:30
Q&A: 7:30 to 8:00

02/09/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Kosovo's Special Crimes Court and Its Implications for Justice and Democracy

with Dr Rudina Jasini, Oxford D.Phil in Law, Legal Consultant for Impunity Watch

02/05/2016 PASA Talks: The Invisible Asian

In conversations on race and identity in public policy, Asian American communities frequently find themselves marginalized and ignored by policymakers. Are Asian Americans considered the "model minority" because they seemingly don't place demands on policymakers, or is it that no one's listening?

Join PASA for an informal group discussion on the visibility of Asian Americans in public policy and strategies to making ourselves heard and seen.