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02/03/2016 Policy Forum on Green Preservation of Multi-Family Affordable Housing

On February 3rd, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, and NYU Wagner will host a policy forum on Green Preservation of Multi-Family Affordable Housing.

New York City made ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 and build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing in ten years. Buildings account for approximately 70 percent of our emissions but affordable housing landlords and developers face a number of obstacles and policy challenges to making their buildings more sustainable.

What solutions can jointly move these two goals forward in the years ahead?

This question and more will be answered at NYLCVEF's Forum on green preservation in affordable housing on February 3rd. This forum will feature two panel discussions of leading experts from government, academia and nonprofit organizations. First, a big picture look at the role of affordable housing in the road to "80 x 50." Second, we will examine the challenges and hear from the innovators on the ground.

Our goal is to identify a set of realistic strategies to help us meet NYC's ambitious climate and housing goals. After the panel, NYLCVEF will produce a set of concrete recommendations to guide policy makers on their next steps.​

02/02/2016 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Spring 2016 - Feeling Law: Queer Subjects and Reform Agendas

with Senthorun Raj, Scholar in Residence at NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

02/01/2016 Religious Ultra-Nationalism in Burma/Myanmar: Discrimination, Racism and Conflict in an Era of Disciplined Democracy

Since 2013, religious conflicts in Burma/Myanmar have threatened to destabilize nascent political, economic and social reforms. The rise of Buddhist ultra-nationalist groups that vilify Burma’s Muslim minority has sparked communal violence and deepened social divisions even as a new, democratically elected government will assume power in March. How much do growing religious tensions in Burma limit progress on democracy and human rights? How powerful are the voices of Islamophobia? Will an Aung San Suu Kyi government prove more capable of promoting religious tolerance than the outgoing administration?
David Scott Mathieson is the Senior Researcher on Burma for the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. Previously based on the Thailand-Burma border where his research focused on the long-running civil war in Burma, the narcotics trade, and refugee issues, he has worked for Human Rights Watch since 2006 and has worked on several reports and investigations including the 2007 crackdown on peaceful protests in Burma, child soldiers, internal displacement and refugees, persecution of the Rohingya Muslims, and other issues. Since 2013 he has lived in Rangoon, Burma.

01/19/2016 A Discussion of “America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflict”

Join us for an engaging conversation between William D. Hartung and Molly McCartney, co-author of "America's War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflict."

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to leave the White House in 1961, he did so with an ominous message for the American people about the "disastrous rise" of the military-industrial complex. Fifty years later, the complex has morphed into a virtually unstoppable war machine, one that dictates U.S. economic and foreign policy in a direct and substantial way.

Based on his experiences as an award-winning Washington-based reporter covering national security, James McCartney wrote "America's War Machine," which presents a compelling history, from the Cold War to present day, that shows that the problem is far worse and far more wide-reaching than anything Eisenhower could have imagined. With additions by Molly Sinclair McCartney, a fellow journalist with 30 years of experience, "America's War Machine" provides the context for today's national security state and explains what can be done about it.

Molly Sinclair McCartney is a journalist with more than 30 years as a reporter at five different newspapers, including 10 years at the Miami Herald and nearly 15 years at the Washington Post, where she wrote under the byline Molly Sinclair.

William D. Hartung is the director of the Arms and Security project at the Center for International Policy and author of numerous books including "Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex" (Nation Books, 2011) and the co-editor, with Miriam Pemberton, of "Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War" (Paradigm Press, 2008). His previous books include "And Weapons for All" (HarperCollins, 1995), a critique of U.S. arms sales policies from the Nixon through Clinton administrations.

The discussion will take place from 6:00-7:30pm, and a reception will follow.

12/18/2015 Courses Abroad Info Session

Come hear about NYU Wagner's Summer 2016 courses abroad in Ghana and Geneva.

12/11/2015 Raising the Bar: Visions for a Sustainable New York

Join the Urban Planning Student Association, the Student Relations Committee of the APA NY Metro Chapter, and APA New York City Section for an exciting sustainability discussion focusing on visions for New York City to be more resilient, eco-friendly, and equitable.

In a rapidly changing world, urban planners have the opportunity to develop meaningful policies that can positively shape the urban form of the future. Cities have the potential to instill economic growth, solve environmental challenges, and improve the quality of life of millions of people. However, the role of the planner must be reevaluated in order to meet the sustainability needs of our city. This panel seeks to explore the role(s) of the urban planner in a world of growing environmental constraints and challenges. Drawing on insight from the top voices in the field, we hope to shine light on the role of planning for a sustainable future.

12/09/2015 Paul Romer and Matthew Kahn: Chinese Urbanization and Environmental Quality

Renowned urban and environmental economist Matthew Kahn will sit down with Paul Romer on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 for another installment of the Conversations on Urbanization series here at NYU. They will take China’s urbanization and the environmental dynamics of Chinese cities as starting points for the conversation. Blue Skies over Beijing, Kahn’s forthcoming book with Siqi Zheng investigates the ways in which China's urban development impacts local and global environmental challenges. Using the historical evolution of American cities as a comparison, Khan and Zheng predict that as China's economy moves away from heavy manufacturing toward cleaner sectors, many of China's cities should experience environmental progress in upcoming decades. Please join us for what promises to be a lively and wide-ranging discussion.

Register for this event here.

12/08/2015 Webinar: Open Chat with Admissions (5:00pm)

This is your chance to ask any question you may have about your application to NYU Wagner, and receive candid responses from admissions staff before the December 15, 2015 Deadline. An Admissions officer will be on hand to answer questions about submitting the application, GRE score and recommendation letter timing, the application fee and much more. The format will be very informal.

12/08/2015 Webinar: Open Chat With Admissions (9:00am)

This is your chance to ask any question you may have about your application to NYU Wagner, and receive candid responses from admissions staff before the December 15, 2015 Deadline. An Admissions officer will be on hand to answer questions about submitting the application, GRE score and recommendation letter timing, the application fee and much more. The format will be very informal.

12/04/2015 8th Annual Wagner Variety Show

Join us in bringing together administration, faculty, and students for a night of unforgettable singing, dancing, spoken word, and all-around Wagner talent!

Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm.

There will be an after-party held at Amity Hall (80 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012). Appetizers will be served and all pre-sale tickets will receive a complimentary drink ticket.

*Please note that this show is intended for graduate student audiences.

12/03/2015 SOUP for Dinner: A Micro-Granting Event

SOUP for Dinner is a micro-­granting event with a simple concept: Event organizers charge a small fee for a soup dinner. Participants hear proposals from a group of non­profit organizations over the course of dinner, and subsequently vote to select a grant recipient.

Wagner Philanthropy (WP) has brought this tradition to the Puck building in honor of #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. SOUP for Dinner seeks to expose NYU Wagner students to interesting organizations, while also allowing them to experience the positive impact individual giving can have. Since SOUP grants represent the contributions of multiple students, it also allows for collective impact.

Presenting nonprofits include:
Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE)
Day One
Nazareth Housing
Paint the World
Seed Artists

12/03/2015 Digital security: protecting activists from repressive censorship

Google Ideas product lead Justin Kosslyn explains the role technology can play in protecting activists, journalists, and politically exposes persons from digital threats. He will explain how digital security and repressive censorship are increasingly connected, and show how technical innovation can play a role in protecting at-risk communities.

Kimmel Center Room 905

12/01/2015 Tackling the 1965-66 Anti Communist Violence in Indonesia: The Seduction and Pitfalls of Local Level Solutions
What are the accomplishments and limitations of activists conducting local level campaigning for justice for the victims of the 1965-66 anti communist violence in Indonesia?

Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in Indonesia Studies at the University of Sydney. She is a historian of modern Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Her research deals with the 1965-66 violence in Indonesia and histories of transnational social activism.

Lunch will be served.

11/21/2015 Next Steps, Next Stops: Examining LGBTQI Issues at the Intersection

The Stonewall Policy Alliance, in partnership with NYU Law and the NYU School of Medicine, is proud to announce its first LGBTQI Conference. This one-day event is designed to broaden your thinking, engage your interests, and challenge your opinions. The conference will encourage attendees to submerge themselves in conversations about issues affecting the LGBTQ community in the fields of health, migration, employment, leadership, community initiatives, and networking.

The recent historic Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v Hodge, legalized same sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states; however, many are left wondering, what’s next? This panel discussion will address the next steps in the movement for LGBTQI equality. Through discussion and Q&A we will provide valuable information and resources on how attendees can take action for LGBTQI rights.

All are welcome! Lunch and light refreshments will be served with a happy hour and networking to follow the event.

Ticket Sales
Student and NYU Alumni Tickets $10
General Admission $15
Tickets purchased day of conference $20
Purchase Here

For more information, please visit our Facebook page or contact Stonewall Policy Alliance President Chelsea Sexton at

11/19/2015 Tackling Global Food Insecurity: Development, Ecological and Humanitarian Perspectives

Join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Alliance for Climate Change and Environment (ACE) for an interdisciplinary panel discussion on global food security. We will have a diverse set of panelists from organizations including the UN World Food Programme, Action Against Hunger, NYU's Environmental Studies Department and the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship. Panelists will speak to issues including humanitarian food and nutrition assistance, the role of food security and agriculture in sustainable international development, the impact of climate change on global food systems, and policy actions that can be taken to build longer-term resilience into the global food system. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. The event will be moderated by Professor Gershman.

11/18/2015 Careers in Philanthropy: Empowering Underserved Communities

Join us to hear a panel of leaders in philanthropy discuss how to utilize strategic grantmaking and corporate volunteerism to empower underserved communities, measuring impact in those communities, how to transition to a career in philanthropy after graduation, the challenges and tips of navigating the field as a diverse individual, and how to prepare for a career in philanthropy.

Networking reception to follow.


Rohit Burman, Estee Lauder Companies, Executive Director, Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship
Eric Williams, Credit Suisse, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship
Lisa Hancock, Goldman Sachs, Vice President, Corporate Engagement
Gabriel Morales, Citi Foundation, Senior Program Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
William Cordery, Surdna Foundation, Senior Program Officer, Strong Local Economies

Moderated by:
Tes Cohen, Gap Inc., Program Manager, This Way Ahead

11/17/2015 "Earth, Soul, Fire: The Ceramics of David Elcott" Gallery Reception

Join us in celebrating the opening of Earth, Soul, Fire, the Fall/Winter 2015 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, Earth, Soul, Fire features ceramics and works on clay by artist and NYU Wagner faculty member David Elcott.

Elcott fuses a wide range of interests and influences into his prolific ceramic practice — from garden-to-table and utilitarian artisanship to faith-based, scripture, and social justice research. Having studied with many master artists from the Middle East, Africa, and Japan, he finds peace and introspection in the studio, where clay becomes a vehicle for meditation.

11/17/2015 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 5:45pm and the event begins promptly at 6:00pm

11/16/2015 “Income Inequality: Why It Matters and Why Most Economists Didn’t Notice” with Matthew P. Drennan

Please join us for a discussion with visiting scholar and author of Income Inequality: Why It Matters and Why Most Economists Didn’t Notice, Matthew P. Drennan. Drennan demonstrates the link between income inequality and the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. This presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience. 

11/13/2015 Panel Discussion on Affordable Housing Tax Policy

Join NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) for a discussion on affordable housing tax policies. The panel includes speakers Matthew Murphy from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), James McIntyre from Morgan Stanley and Andrew Moelis from L+M Development Partners. Our speakers represent affordable housing from the perspectives of tax policy, financing and development of affordable housing units. The panel will be moderated by Professor Mark Willis the Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. This is also a great opportunity to meet with the distinguished speakers over pizza and wine after the panel discussion!


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Matthew Murphy, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning, Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)

Matthew Murphy is the Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where he is responsible for analyzing and implementing major HPD initiatives.  Prior to his tenure at HPD he worked at the New York City Housing Development Corporation as a Senior Policy Analyst and Preservation Underwriter.  In these roles he analyzed a variety policy issues affecting affordable housing development in the City of New York and underwrote affordable housing transactions.  A native of Chicago, IL and an alum of the Americorps VISTA program, Matthew has a B.S. from DePaul University in Business Administration and an M.U.P. from New York University.


James McIntyre, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Mr. McIntyre has thirteen years of housing finance experience. He joined Morgan Stanley in June 2008 from the housing group at UBS where he had been a member of the housing group since 2002. Mr. McIntyre has worked with over 20 state HFAs in the implementation of their multi-family and single-family capital plans. Mr. McIntyre has extensive experience with developing complex financing structures, incorporating both taxable and tax-exempt bond issuances, including work with both the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York State Housing Finance Agency.  Mr. McIntyre graduated with High Distinction from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and Afro-American and African Studies, and most recently received a certificate in Media Studies from the New School in New York.


Andrew Moelis, Project Manager, L+M Development Partners

Andrew joined L+M Development Partners in 2014 as a project manager.  He has since focused primarily on the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing portfolios of affordable housing, repositioning the assets using a combination of bank debt, city subsidy, and federal Low Income Housing Credits.  He has closed on over 1,500 preservation units in the past 18 months, and is also involved in new construction mixed-income housing. Prior to joining L+M, Andrew was an analyst in Citigroup’s Municipal Securities Division and an associate at Empire State Development.  He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Mark A. Willis, Executive Director & Resident Research Fellow, NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

Mark A. Willis is the Executive Director and a Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to joining Furman, he enjoyed a year as a Visiting Scholar at the Ford Foundation, working on issues of community development and housing finance reform.  In his 19-year career in community development banking at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Willis developed and oversaw the bank's programs and products to help strengthen low- and moderate- income communities. Before joining Chase, Mr. Willis held various positions in economic development and tax policy with the City of New York, and from 1986 to 1989, he was Deputy Commissioner for Development of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Before joining the City, he was an urban economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He serves on the boards of a wide range of banking and community-oriented organizations. Over the years, Mr. Willis has written and lectured widely. Most recently, he has published papers on reforming the national housing finance system and the Community Reinvestment Act and participated on panels at a wide range of academic, industry, and government conferences and seminars. Mr. Willis also teaches Housing and Community Development Policy at New York University’s Wagner School. He has a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. degree in urban economics and industrial organization from Yale University.

11/13/2015 Innovation through Education Technology

Innovation through Education Technology is a collaborative event organized by Wagner’s Bridge: Students for Social Innovation, Wagner Tech, and Wagner Education Policy Student Association (WEPSA). Through a discussion with three leaders in the education technology sector and an interactive discussion with the audience, we will highlight social innovation through technology and its power to disrupt systems’ design and practice to make improvements in the pre-K-12 education sector. We will:

- Introduce speaker innovations that have “disrupted” a systems and practices in the pre-K-12 education sector
- Address the human angle: benefits/challenges for students & teachers
- Discuss how we innovate new systems to use within the education sector that are user centered, accessible, and affordable

11/12/2015 UN Career Panel

Interested in working for the United Nations or its sister organizations? Join us for a panel discussion on careers in the UN and learn about ways in which the UN and other affiliated organizations are creating better access to resources in Africa and the world at large.

Meet our Panelists:

Ishmael Dadoo, Country Strategy Advisor – UNDP: Ishmael has served in in the various leadership and management capacities at UNDP. He currently serves as a Country Strategic Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary General/ Regional Director for UNDP Africa. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked for ProForest Ltd; a natural resources management Consultancy Company based in Oxford, UK. Apart from his core professional career, he is committed to course of the African Youth.

Diana Sera, Country Grant TA Coordinator – UNICEF: Diana manages several grant at UNICEF, she has worked with USAID as a Monitoring and Evaluation Research Specialist and Manager. Diana graduated from NYU Wagner with International Health Policy and Management; she has also served as president of WSAFA.

Grace Kpohazounde, Political Affairs Officer – UN: Grace works at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. In consultation with the appropriate regional divisions, she monitors and advises the Under-Secretary General on political, security and human rights situations in West and Central Africa. Ms. Kpohazounde has a work experience in Benin and South Sudan, Juba and she speaks French, German and Japanese.

Casey Weston, Migration Specialist – World Bank: Casey works with the World Bank as a Migration Specialist focusing on labor mobility in Europe, the Gulf, and South Asia following a Capstone focused on transnational skill recognition. Prior to this, he worked as a Research Assistant with the New Cities Foundation to advance urban-focused technology innovation. While at NYU Wagner, he spent two years designing and implementing sanitation and community development programs in Paraguay as a Peace Corps Volunteer, which supported his academic focus in International Urban Planning. Weston is a graduate of NYU Wagner’s Master of Urban Planning.

Hiwote Getaneh, Technical Research Assistant – MDRC: Hiwote is a social policy research firm. She is currently studying the impact of home visiting programs both in terms of birth outcomes as well as long-term financial impacts. Hiwote obtained her graduate degree in Health Policy from John Hopkins University with a focus on Health Finance. Prior to graduate school, she did an internship with USAID in Dakar, Senegal.

Kingsley Essegbey, Ag. Assistant Director for Research, Students and Community Relations –  NYU Africa House: Kingsley obtained his master’s degree in Bioethics at New York University, enhancing his interdisciplinary background and positioning him in CTED, to contribute on different projects related to sustainable rural development and energy systems, bio-economics, environmental health policy and ethics. He has B.Sc. degree in Environment and development studies, where he understood how Ghana could effectively integrate the natural environment into her development agenda.

11/12/2015 Global Food Security

The growing global food chain is exacerbating immense challenges to food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture; and the impact of climate change on global food markets is likely to accelerate growing inequalities worldwide. What actions should be taken by global communities, including public, private, and civil society actors, to build longer-term resilience into the global food system?

11/12/2015 Conversation: A Discussion of Systemic Injustice and Policy with Profs. Wilson & Nordlund

This is the first of a series of informal conversations between faculty and students this year. These conversations are meant to be authentic and timely dialogues where faculty and students can delve deeply into thinking, talking, and identifying how topical issues impact them. Join Professors Carrie Nordlund and Natasha Wilson to talk more about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” published in the October 2015 issue of The Atlantic.

RSVP here for this event.

11/12/2015 NYU Wagner Information Session

An information session is a great way to learn more about NYU Wagner and our masters, executive masters, certificate and non-degree programs. We will cover the application process, all our programs and a bit about our employment results: what you can do with a degree from NYU Wagner. There will be plenty of time for questions.