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11/12/2015 Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars? with Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam, talk about his new book Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and The Fall of Cars. You'll be taken on a journey from Ebett's Field in the 1950's to Barclays Center today and discover how the ways we get around shape the places we live.

“A readable and provocative book making the convincing claim that the best city is one in which people can move around easily.” —Kirkus Reviews

11/10/2015 City on a Grid: How New York Became New York

MY CITY BOOK CLUB | City on a Grid: How New York Became New York

When it was conceived in 1811, New York City's street grid was supposed to end the chaos of "old New York" spreading unplanned from Manhattan's southern tip. This mammoth project of physical and social engineering turned the rocky hills and swampy valleys into the city we know today; the thousands of rectangular blocks, lots, and eventually buildings that the grid produced lent a sense of stability and purpose to a young city evolving into greatness. Join Gerard Koeppel, author of City on a Grid: How New York Became New York (Da Capo, 2015), for a conversation with Hilary Ballon, architectural historian, NYU Wagner professor, and curator of the Museum of the City of New York’s blockbuster 2011-12 exhibition, The Greatest Grid. They will discuss the plan that “defined the urbanism of a rising city and nation.” Book signing and reception to follow.

Register for the event here. Use code MCBC1 for discounted $10 tickets!

Co-sponsored by the Museum's Young Members Circle (YMC), the Baruch College Political Science Department, Baruch College Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter, The Bowery Boys, the City College of New York History Department, the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Political Science, the Pace University Political Science Department, and Untapped Cities, LLC.


11/09/2015 Doctoral Program Virtual Information Session

Join us to learn more about NYU Wagner's Doctoral Program in Public Administration. The Faculty Director, program and admissions staff will give a brief overview of the program and the application process. There will be plenty of time for questions.

11/09/2015 Doctoral Program Virtual Information Session

Join us to learn more about NYU Wagner's Doctoral Program in Public Administration.  The Faculty Director, program and admissions staff will give a brief overview of the program and the application process.  There will be plenty of time for questions.  

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11/05/2015 Transformation at the American Red Cross: A Leadership Conversation with Gail McGovern

Join the NYU Leadership Initiative and NYU Wagner for a conversation with Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. Gail McGovern will share the inspiring story of her journey at the Red Cross, where she has catalyzed a collaborative transformation of the organization. Hear her key leadership lessons and important principles for effective management during times of change or conflict. Following the lecture, Gail McGovern will answer questions during a special Q&A session. 

11/04/2015 From Behind Books to Behind Bars: America's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Join WEPSA, BSA, and ALAS to hear a panel of critical stakeholders discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and its effects on children, families, and communities throughout the U.S. Recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union as a “disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems,” the school-to-prison pipeline manifests itself in “zero-tolerance” policies around behavioral infractions and police presence in schools. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which systematic discrimination leaves students of color disproportionately impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline.

11/02/2015 Hurricane Sandy: Community Recovery and Resilience

In fall 2012, the New York Women's Foundation launched the Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery Fund in an effort to support marginalized populations in low-income communities most devastated by the storm. Many marginalized groups, including low-income women, LGBTQ youth, and undocumented immigrants, were likely to fall through the cracks of recovery efforts, and the conditions of poverty already in existence in their communities would be worsened. NYC community leaders and organizations need additional support to lead their communities not only to recovery, but resiliency. 

Three years later, together with grantee partners, the New York Women's Foundation has developed a greater understanding about the importance of investing in low-income communities through a gender lens in the wake of a natural disaster. Some of their learnings can be found in this article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

To continue to move this work forward, the New York Women's Foundation and NYU Wagner are convening a public education forum to discuss the experiences of low-income women in the wake of natural disasters, how community members and organizations must be at the forefront of recovery and resiliency efforts, and the role that philanthropy can play as a strategic funder and partner. 

Karen Bassuk, Director of Rockaway Wellness Partnership, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Erin McDonald, PhD, Director of Strategic Learning, The New York Women’s Foundation

Luna Ranjit, Executive Director, Adhikaar

Damaris Reyes, Executive Director, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)   

Carl Siciliano Executive Director, The Ali Forney Center

Rae Zimmerman, Professory of Planning & Public Administration, NYU Wagner

Michelle DePass, Dean, Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy


11/02/2015 Webinar: Open Mic with NYU Wagner Students

Join us to hear from current NYU Wagner students about their experience in the program. They will discuss their transition into Wagner and how it is already having an impact on their career. Ample time will be made available for participant questions to be answered.

10/29/2015 APA AICP Info Session

Join us for an informational session and Q&A about APA's AICP credential. Learn about exam preparation, benefits of the credential, and more!

Speaker: Fiona Akins, Vice President of Professional Development for the APA NY Metro Chapter

10/29/2015 Expanding Financial Services to the Poor: Panel Discussion on Financial Access

The Wagner Economics and Finance Association will be hosting a panel discussion on financial access issues. As a broad range of financial institutions start to expand their financial markets to serve low-income populations, it's time to focus on how to improve access to financial services for underserved populations through creative, non-traditional ways. The panel of experts will discuss issues including the varying financial access practices in the US and developing world, the role of gender in access to finance, and the opportunities and challenges of financial access development. Panelists include Bulbul Gupta, Social Impact Consultant, Cathi Kim from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Professor Scott Taitel from NYU Wagner.


Bulbul Gupta: Bulbul Gupta is a Social Impact Consultant, with 15 years of experience, supporting social enterprises and mission-oriented businesses with business development, strategy, change management, and product development. She is the former Head of Market-Based Approaches for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she worked with major Fortune 500 and Global 3000 corporations, investors, non-profits, and governments on social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and sustainable supply chains. Previously, Bulbul has worked at The Asia Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, USAID, and on and off Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Bulbul currently serves on the Boards of Upaya Social Ventures, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group, and advises select family offices and social enterprises/accelerators on blended capital strategies, such as Echoing Green, IDEV International, Acumen, and Grassroots Business Fund. Bulbul has a B.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University, and an M.P.P. at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. 

Cathi Kim: Cathi Kim is the Associate Director of the Community Development Investments Program at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Cathi’s work at the Federation focuses on portfolio management and researching financial trends and services to low-and moderate-income communities. Prior, Cathi worked on housing and immigrant rights campaigns and complex civil litigations. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and an inaugural Megan. E McLaughlin Fellow for the NYU Women of Color Policy Network’s Lead the Way Leadership and Capacity Building Initiative.


Scott B. Taitel: Professor Scott Taitel is Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Finance at NYU Wagner. As the former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing Impact Investment funds and the creation and oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises throughout the developing world. At the Clinton Foundation, he also had responsibility for the financial, operational and project management of economic development, health and nutrition projects in multiple countries. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a Managing Partner of Waypoint Investments, a venture capital firm, where he developed an international investment portfolio and served in interim management roles in portfolio companies.

10/27/2015 Impact Investing: An Insider's Perspective

Impact investing is a growing field that harnesses the power of for-profit finance to support businesses, not-for-profits, and startups that make social and environmental impact a priority. Social impact bonds, social venture capital, conservation finance, and program related investments are a few of the many innovative strategies being used to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

NYU Wagner’s largest Impact Investing event will introduce those who are interested in social entrepreneurship and not-for-profits to key theories and trends in the field of impact investing. They will learn how impact investors provide strategy and investment capital to help organizations scale their operations and maximize social impact.

10/27/2015 Dialogues on Diversity: Micro-aggressions, Trigger Warnings, & the Debate on Political Correctness in Academia

Join the Wagner Diversity Council for our inaugural "Dialogues on Diversity" session. An opportunity to come together, reflect and connect, this first session will focus on the changing landscape of diversity & inclusion across universities in the US today and the shaping of this discourse. We will discuss the pervasiveness of topics such as micro- aggressions, trigger warnings, and political correctness within Academia that have garnered national commentary. Refreshments will be served.

10/25/2015 Storm Sandy Anniversary Planting with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance

Join ACE as we head to Rockaway Beach working with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to create a nature protective buffer for the Rockaway community.
As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Stay afterward for the ceremony and a discussion with ACE about emergency preparedness, urban resiliency and climate change adaptation policy.

10/23/2015 Leveraging Open Data for Social Impact: A Talk with Enigma

Join us for a talk with Marc DaCosta, Chairman & Co-Founder at Enigma, a company that helps people and organizations use open data to make smarter decisions. Enigma builds data discovery and analytics tools that make it simple for organizations to liberate their own private data, and for the wider community to explore and build upon Enigma’s own integrated public data platform.
Mr. DaCosta will demo Smoke Signals, an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. Moreover, he will discuss how these kinds of technologies are crucial in cross-sector collaboration between business, government, and nonprofits dedicated to leveraging open data for social impact.

10/23/2015 The NY Acumen Catalyst Case Challenge Finals

The NY+Acumen Catalyst Case Challenge provides students with an opportunity to deepen their
understanding of the companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. In
addition to gaining exposure and key insights from Acumen – the industry leader in impact investing. Come watch the finalists present their findings to a panel of professionals and network with industry experts, NY+Acumen staff, and other like minded students.

10/22/2015 ALUMNite 2015

Join us on October 22 for NYU Wagner's AlumNite—a chance to reconnect with old classmates and faculty, and network with new ones. The evening will feature faculty and alumni WAGTalks (short presentations about relevant issues on which they're working), as well as cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

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10/22/2015 NYU Wagner Bay Area Alumni Happy Hour

Join your fellow NYU Wagner alumni for a happy hour at the Thirsty Bear on Thursday, October 22 from 6pm to 8:30pm.

It will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet alumni from across the Bay Area--we look forward to seeing you there!

10/22/2015 WHN Career Panel #1: Community-Based Health Care

Learn about opportunities to contribute to innovative health care settings outside the hospital.

WHN presents a panel of industry heavy-hitters, including the CEO of the Bronx Community Health Network, the Executive Director of the NSLIJ Lenox Health Center, and other leaders who are working in community-based settings around New York and utilizing innovative approaches that are bringing care closer to the people.

Networking to follow.

10/19/2015 Webinar: NYU Wagner Virtual 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. In this virtual session, 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.

10/19/2015 Webinar: Virtual 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. In this virtual session, 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.

10/17/2015 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 9:45am and the event begins promptly at 10:00am.

10/15/2015 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.

10/07/2015 A Celebration of the Life of Professor Dennis C. Smith

On October 7, NYU Wagner will celebrate the life of Professor Dennis Smith, who passed away on July 27, 2015. A faculty member for more than four decades, Dennis devoted himself to students, alumni, and colleagues, offering valuable connections, support, and encouragement to many. He was a leading expert and scholar in criminal justice, and a global ambassador for NYU Wagner.

From 5:30pm - 6:30pm at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, former students, friends, and colleagues will share their memories of Dennis. Immediately following, there will be a reception at NYU Wagner.

Please join us as we remember and celebrate all that Dennis brought to our community.

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

5:30pm - 6:30pm Program
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, 18 Bleecker St, NYC

Reception immediately following
NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Floor, NYC


10/06/2015 Demystifying JFK - Fall Lecture and Conversation with Timothy Naftali

"The American presidency is a formidable, exposed, and somewhat mysterious institution...[I]t is the vortex into which all the elements of national decision are irresistibly drawn. And it is mysterious because the essence of ultimate decision remains impenetrable to the observer - often, indeed, to the decider himself." - John F. Kennedy

The co-author of two books detailing aspects of JFK's career, and an editor of his famous tapes, Timothy Naftali is completing a biography for Norton that looks at the entire presidency in light of newly available documents, oral histories and tapes. Naftali finds a Kennedy who is more pragmatic and political than his inner circle acknowledged and more skeptical of the Cold War and American power than revisionist critics ever realized. And, as Naftali also discovered, JFK's elusiveness was not accidental. In his talk, Naftali will explain how Kennedy, his family and his closest literary allies helped to cultivate the mysteries that would long bedevil biographers. 
  The author will be introduced by Philip Kunhardt, Founding Director.    Reception to follow.

10/06/2015 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2015 - Contemporary Views of ISIS in Russia and Prospects for Cooperation with U.S.

with Dr. Maxim A. Suchkov, Visiting Fellow at NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia