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10/20/2016 What Will the Presidential Promises Cost?

Join Wagner's Economic and Finance Association for an exciting, interactive discussion of the fiscal impact of Trump and Clinton’s key policy proposals! This event will bring together students and leaders from across the NYU community, including Professor Thad Calabrese, to unpack the “promises” being presented by each candidate in the 2016 presidential election, such as tax, education or healthcare. Interactive activities for each policy area will spark discussion among students about what the various proposals will cost taxpayers and what they will achieve. Refreshments and beverages will be served.

10/20/2016 Transportation Priorities in New York City and the Nation

A conversation with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation

moderated by

Mitchell L. Moss
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation

10/19/2016 The NYU Urban Seminar - ​The Long-Run Cost of Pollution in Cities

with Walker Hanlon, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA; Visiting Professor at Princeton University


10/18/2016 Criminal Justice Debate: Peaceful Outlaws?

This event is jointly hosted by the NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform, the Wagner Policy Alliance, the NYU Politics Society, and the Wagner Economics and Finance Association.

This two-part debate event will provide a forum for experts and students to explore various dilemmas and consequences of public policy through a critical lens. This event will feature two debates, on the topics of Sex Work Decriminalization and Broken Windows Policing.

Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized
Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Associate Editor of Reason Magazine
Dorchen Leidholdt, Director of Center for Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families

Does the term "sex worker" serve to humanize people or legitimize oppression? The decriminalization of prostitution may reduce the vulnerability to discrimination and abuse suffered by people in prostitution, and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted disease. But what would be the consequences of extending decriminalization to pimping and patronizing prostitution, which some advocates have called for? What is the relationship if any between prostitution and sex trafficking? Can the criminal justice system reduce sex trafficking and help ensure that people in prostitution are provided with services? Is it appropriate for prostitution to be criminalized because it is seen as morally wrong?

Broken Windows Policing Works
Michael J. Jenkins, Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Criminology at the University of Scranton
Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of Criminal Practice at The Legal Aid Society

Broken Windows Policing theorizes that disorder signals apathy and despair, allowing more serious crime to flourish. However, opponents note that this strategy develops tension between police and the community and has generated a disparate impact on minority populations.

This event will consider these questions and more through a dynamic dialogue. At the conclusion of each debate, attendees will be asked to judge which argument they found most compelling.

10/18/2016 Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Fall 2016 - Three Tigers, One Mountain: Japan and China and US Power in East Asia

with Richard McGregor, visiting scholar at George Washington University; Former Beijing and Washington Bureau Chief at Financial Times; author of “The Party”

10/17/2016 In Focus: Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment

Join us for our In Focus series—highlighting NYU Wagner's new specializations and degree programs. At each event, you'll learn about a specific field of research and practice that distinguishes NYU Wagner as a cutting-edge place for public service education. Hear from faculty and alumni about the most complex and pressing issues of our time, and the skills you'll need to make your impact as a public service leader.

Moderated by:
Surabhi Lal - NYU Wagner's Director of Career Services

John Gershman - Clinical Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

Paul Light (invited) - Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner

Kristen Misner (MPA '08) - Chief of Staff for Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, NYC Mayor's Office

Brett Stevenson (MPA '12) - Manager, Fund Management Training Program, GIIN

Scott Taitel - Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Finance, NYU Wagner

10/15/2016 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 and current students 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.

10/14/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Reception
10/14/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Social Capital and Politics of Inequality

3:15 – 4:35pm    
Social Capital and Politics of Inequality
Author: Robert Hawkins- NYU Silverman School for Social Work
Panelists: Afua Atta-Mensah - New ED of Community Voices Heard/Formerly of the Safety Net Project
Elinor Tatum, Amsterdam News
Alvin Starks, Open Society Foundation

10/14/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Health Policy


12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch catered

1:30pm –  3:00pm    

Health Policy: Access to Health Care Services

Authors: Michael Gusmano, Victor Rodwin and Daniel Weisz

Public Health: What Drugs and HIV did to New York Communities

Author: Robert Fullilove, Columbia University

Panelists: Elisabeth Benjamin, Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society

Mark Hannay, Metro NY HealthCare for All Campaign

Moderator: Benjamin Bowser, CSU East Bay, Co-Organizer

Q & A 

3:00- 3:15pm    Break

10/14/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Education

Education: When and Where Schools Work and Fail

Authors: Norman Fruchter, Metropolitan Center for Research, NYU

James Kemple, Research Alliance for NYC Schools, NYU [please remove James and replace with the following]

Adriana Villavicencio, Shifra Goldenberg, and Sarah Klevan – Research Alliance for NYC Schools, NYU

Panelists: Rudy Crew, President of Medgar Evers College, CUNY NYS    

David Kirland, Metropolitan Center for Research, NYU

Zakiyah Ansari, Alliance for Quality Education of New York (Invited)

Moderator: Fabienne Doucet, NYU

 Q & A


10/14/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Housing Markets: Who Lives Where and When?

8:30am - 9:00 am   Coffee and Registration
9:00 – 10:40 am
Housing Markets: Who Lives Where and When?
Author: Ingrid Ellen Gould, NYU Furman Center
Public Housing:  New York’s Third City
Author: Victor Bach, Community Service Society of New York
Panelists: Maritza Silva-Farrell, ALIGN
Ritchie Torres, NYC Council Member
Alex Schwartz, The New School
Moderator: Sondra Youdelman, Community Voices Heard
 Q & A

10:40am – 11:00am Break

10/13/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Immigration and Mobility

2:45pm – 3:00pm Break – Coffee

3:00pm – 4:25pm
Immigration and Mobility - African Americans: Embattled and Dispersed
Author: John Flateau, Medgar Evers College
Panelist: Colvin Grannum- Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp
West Indian Immigration and Mobility  
Author: Calvin Holder and Aubrey Bonnett, SUNY Old Westbury
Panelists:  Waldaba Stewart, Carribbean Research Center/Medgar Evers College                                   
Moderator: John Mollenkopf, CUNY
Q & A 

4:25pm – 4:40pm        Break –Coffee

4:40 pm – 5:55pm   
Latin American Immigration and Mobility
Author:   Hector Cordero-Guzman, Baruch College, CUNY
Q & A
Asian American Immigration and Mobility
Author: Howard Shih, Asian American Federation
Panelist:  Tarry Hum – Queens College, CUNY
 Q &A
Moderator: John Mollenkopf, CUNY

10/13/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Criminal Justice

12:30pm – 12:45 pm - Lunch – pick up box lunch

12:45pm – 2:45 pm
Criminal Justice: Higher Education, Reentry and Removing the Stigma of Incarceration for Black men in particular and Black people in general.

Effects of Stop and Frisk:  A New Construction Blackness
Author: Natalie Byfield, St John’s University
Panelist: Susan Shah, Vera Institute
Culturally Biased Expert Testimony in Criminal and Family Proceedings
Authors: Stephen Greenspan, Developmental Psychologist & George Woods, Neuropsychiatrist
Panelists: Richard Dudley, CUNY and David Rothenberg, Fortune Society
Moderator: Wayne Winborne
 Q & A

10/13/2016 Keeping Cities Strong: A Mayoral Forum with the Presidential Campaigns on Transportation, Water & Energy

Join NYU Wagner and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for a discussion with the presidential campaigns on why infrastructure is key to both economic security and public safety.

In their “2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” The American Society of Civil Engineers states that “Every family, every community, and every business needs infrastructure to thrive. Infrastructure encompasses your local water main and the Hoover Dam; the power lines connected to your house and the electrical grid spanning the U.S.; and the street in front of your home and the national highway system.” A strong and safe infrastructure is critical to support healthy and vibrant cities. Yet, many of our roads, bridges, water, and sewer systems in the U.S. are in serious disrepair. As infrastructure across the country continues to age and deteriorate, and as we become increasingly reliant on energy, cities are struggling to afford basic maintenance, much-needed upgrades, and new projects. It is imperative that the next President address these issues.

Surrogates representing both the Trump and Clinton campaigns will present their candidates' views on infrastructure. Distinguished mayors from cities across the country will then question and discuss the candidates' positions.

The Honorable Stephen Benjamin
Mayor of Columbia, SC

The Honorable Richard J. Berry
Mayor of Albuquerque, NM

The Honorable Mick Cornett
Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK & U.S. Conference of Mayors President

The Honorable Bill de Blasio
Mayor of New York, NY

The Honorable Mitchell J. Landrieu
Mayor of New Orleans, LA

The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Mayor of Baltimore, MD

Representing Hillary Clinton: 
The Honorable Edward G. Rendell 
Governor of Pennsylvania (2003-2011); Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000);
Co-Chair, Building America’s Future

Representing Donald Trump: 
To Be Determined

Moderated by:
Errol Louis
Political Anchor of NY1 News

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interested in partnering with us as we bring together current and future public leaders for a high profile and influential event, please contact, Significant coverage in national and local media is anticipated.


10/13/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Metropolitan Dynamics of Racialized Inequality and Who Needs Race Relations: New York and Global Human Rights

10: 50am – 12:30pm 
Metropolitan Dynamics of Racialized Inequality
Author: Benjamin Bowser, Professor Emeritus, CSU East Bay/Symposium Co-Organizer

Who Needs Race Relations: New York and Global Human Rights
Authors: Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps,  Measure of America, Social Science Research Council
Panelists:  James Parrot, Fiscal Policy Institute
Sarah Ludwig, Founder and Co-Director of New Economy Project

Moderator: Pat Swann, New York Community Trust
Q & A 


10/13/2016 Walter Stafford Symposium: Structure of Race and Inequality in New York City - Keynote, Welcome, and Economy, Jobs and Income Panel

8:00am – 8:30am Registration and Coffee

8:30am – 9:10am
Welcome Sherry Glied, Dean NYU Wagner School
Keynote Elijah Anderson, Yale University

9:10am – 9:20am Break

9:20am – 10:40am 
Economy, Jobs and Income - 
Author: Donald Davis, Columbia University  
Panelists: Ronnie Lowenstein, Independent Budget Office, NYC
Teófilo Reyes, National Research Director of ROCUnited
Barbara Chang, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, NYC  
Moderator: Bill McAllister, Columbia University    
 Q & A

10/06/2016 Religion Vs. Spiritualities in Communities of Color

It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between spirituality and religion. It’s true that there are valid distinctions between the two, but there are also a number of problematic distinctions which often and unnecessarily divide the two fields of thought. Many minorities and people of color have relied on religion as a means to deal with oppression and adaptation in diverse or non-diverse communities.

The Black Student Association would like to have an open discussion about the grey lines between spirituality and religion. Additionally, we would like to address how millennials have utilized these two life-style terms in their daily lives. More importantly, we would like to help each other better utilize resources at NYU and talking about possibilities of living self-chosen lives while upholding morals and values. We also want to analyze these religious ideas and theories.

10/05/2016 The NYU Urban Seminar - Advancing Climate Change Adaptation in Cities – Borrowing from the Natural Hazard Research Tradition (NHR)

with Monalisa Chatterjee, Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program at the University of Southern California

10/04/2016 Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Fall 2016 - Moving Human Rights from Paper to Practice: A Grassroots Feminist Perspective
with Yifat Susskind, Executive Director of MADRE
09/30/2016 Wine & Dime

Drink wine and develop fundraising skills in this interactive workshop! Join Wagner Philanthropy for a workshop designed to sharpen your fundraising and development skills. We're going to cover the fundamentals of fundraising in the nonprofit world, from grant making to prospect research, to relationship building and event planning. At the end of the hour, we'll host an interactive design-thinking exercise, in which you'll come up with a fundraising strategy for a nonprofit! And did we mention there would be wine?

09/30/2016 Black Policy Mixer

Please join Wagner's Black Student Association and SIPA at Columbia University for our first black policy mixer. Come meet other students in the policy field, network, and have a good time. Opportunities for further collaboration and to make lasting connections will be abundant.

09/29/2016 The Life Cycle: Behavioral Health in the Criminal Justice System

SCJR is hosting this event to create conversation around a pertinent area of the criminal justice system - the interaction between incarceration and behavioral health, including mental illness and substance abuse. There are ten times more people suffering from mental illness who are currently incarcerated than there are in psychiatric facilities. Prison systems fall short of providing appropriate behavioral healthcare for those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse. As a result recidivism rates continue to be at their all time high for those persons who do not receive proper treatment.

Through a panel discussion, this event will aim to exam the “life cycle” of incarcerated persons suffering from mental illness or substance abuse. Our guest speakers will speak to the following intersections:

  • Before incarceration - What is being done to prevent people with mental illness/substance abuse issues from entering the system?
  • During incarceration - Do inmates have access to behavioral healthcare while they’re incarcerated? If so, what kind?
  • After being released - Do former inmates have access to behavioral healthcare? Would greater access to behavioral healthcare for persons with mental health and substance abuse problems reduce recidivism rates for this population?

The intersection of behavioral health - mental health and substance abuse, and criminal justice reform is of crucial importance. By inviting guest speakers from different institutions who understand the important interaction between mental health/substance abuse, and the criminal justice system, we hope to engage our panelists and attendees in valuable discussion that could shed light on how our criminal justice system could be improved.

The Panelists

Ayesha Delany-Brumsy - The Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice
Anna Richards - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Corizon Health Rikers Island
Helena Smith - Deputy Warden at NYC Department of Correction
WIlliam Gibney - Director of The Legal Aid Society Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit
Gordon Campbell (Moderator) - Professor of Practice and Director of the Executive MPA program at NYU Wagner

09/28/2016 CANCELLED: Poll Watch: Asian Americans Communities at the Ballot Box
Regretfully tonight's event Poll Watch: Asian Americans Communities at the Ballot Box, has been postponed until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will join us at our next event.

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09/27/2016 Conflict, Security, and Development Series - Fall 2016 - Violent Extremism and Development: What We Know, and What We Don't

with Rebecca Wolfe, Director of Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps