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10/10/2012 AIDS Conspiracy Theories: A Discussion with Professor Nicoli Nattrass

AIDS and Conspiracy Theories: A Discussion with Nicoli Nattrass

Professor Nicoli Nattrass will discuss the problem of AIDS conspiracy theories for science, implications for the global AIDS response, and the various ways that scientists and pro-science activists have fought back with UNAIDS Senior Advisor, Policy & Strategy and Wagner Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy Peter Navario.

About Nicoli Nattrass
Nicoli Nattrass is Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit and Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. She holds a doctorate from Oxford and is a regular visiting professor at Yale. Nicoli works on the political-economy of AIDS policy, development policy and the global spread of AIDS conspiracy theories. Her earlier work on the economics of mother to child transmission prevention assisted the Treatment Action Campaign in its successful case against the South African government.

Light refreshments will be served.

10/09/2012 Peacemakers in Action: Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding

Peacemakers in Action: Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding
Presented by The International Public Service Association, the Asian Pacific American Student Alliance, and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Rev. Jacky Manuputty of Indonesia and Dishani Jayaweera of Sri Lanka will share their experiences as grassroots peace leaders. Both of their communities have been rocked by ethnic and religious violence, but Jacky and Dishani are working at the heart of these conflicts to empower a new generation of peacebuilders. Drawing on resources as varied as modern social media technology and the ancient principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, these Peacemakers are building interdependent societies and peaceful futures. Join us to learn more about their innovative efforts.

Jacky and Dishani are both winners of Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action award. To learn more visit

10/09/2012 African News Coverage in the Age of KONY2012

African News Coverage in the Age of KONY2012

with Milton Allimadi, Publisher and Editor-in Chief, Blackstar News

10/05/2012 WISS Annual Culture Day

WISS Annual Culture Day
Presented by Wagner International Student Society (WISS)

Culture Day will be an open forum for you to meet and mingle with fellow international students. Come and enjoy the performances and hand made food from a variety of cultures across the world. We will have performers and exhibitors. Music, dance, and other forms of art and culture that demonstrate the international spirit are welcome!

10/04/2012 Voting Rights 2012

Voting Rights 2012
Presented by Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Servics (ALAS) and Black Student Association (BSA)

How will the recent election law changes affect the 2012 election and impact young, minority, elderly, low income, and disabled voters?   Panel of Speakers:
Jonathan Brater, Brennan Center for Justice
Zulema Blair, PhD,  Political Science Professor, City University of New York
Kevin Washo, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Angelo Falcon, National Institute for Latino Policy;
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D./M.A., John Jay College, CUNY Moderator:
Professor Dennis Smith, NYU Wagner


10/03/2012 Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman

Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman

Presented by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Alliance (IPSA) and Bridge: Students for Social Innovation.

Please join us for a conversation with Financial Access Initiative (FAI) founder and NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch and David Roodman, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). They will discuss Roodman’s new book Due Diligence and the state of microfinance today. Roodman is a senior fellow at CGD whose work focuses on microfinance, debt relief and aid effectiveness. In Due Diligence, Roodman confronts important questions about the impact of microfinance and discusses how governments, foundations, and investors can best support financial services for the poor.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, event starts promptly at 6:45pm.

10/03/2012 A Day in the Life of a Grantmaker

A Day in the Life of Grantmaker
Presented by Wagner Philanthropy

Please join Wagner Philanthropy at its inaugural event where we'll explore what it's like to work for a foundation and possible career paths in that sector. During this informal discussion, you'll hear from three current Wagner students who are working full-time for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow classmates and get a sense of the day-to-day role of a grantmaker. We hope you can attend!

10/02/2012 Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria

Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria

with Adam Sirois,  Director of Global Development & Adjunct Faculty, New York University College of Nursing

09/29/2012 Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) for an informal discussion with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Maria Otero to discuss her work at the Department of State promoting civilian security, democracy, and human rights as they relate to U.S. foreign policy and the programs that the Department supports. Under Secretary Otero will also be available to share her thoughts and take questions on the key issues and events of the 2012 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) related to civilian security, including trafficking in persons, gender issues, conflict resolution, etc. Audience members will be encouraged to ask the Under Secretary questions and engage in a discussion about foreign policy and the role that youth can play as positive change agents.

09/28/2012 U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa

U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) for a discussion with Aaron D. Snipe, who is a career member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and currently serves as Spokesperson for the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). In his capacity as Spokesperson, Aaron speaks extensively to the U.S., regional, and international press to explain U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly on Iran, Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process, and Syria. Aaron’s most recent Foreign Service assignments include two tours in Iraq where he served as the Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO) and Spokesperson for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Muthanna Province from 2008 to 2009, and as the Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he coordinated the U.S. Government's civilian media and messaging efforts in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. Prior to his Iraq service, Aaron worked in the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs where he worked with the Department’s Press Office, as well as with Western and foreign media organizations, to coordinate U.S. government policy messaging on Iran. Aaron also worked as a Watch Officer in the Department's Executive Secretariat Operations Center where he routinely briefed the Secretary of State and other senior department officials. In addition to his work in the Middle East and Washington, Aaron also served as a Consular/Political-Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2003 to 2005. Aaron is a graduate of Emerson College and Suffolk University Law School, and speaks Arabic and some Japanese.

09/26/2012 Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal

Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal

Now more than ever African professionals are returning to their home countries utilizing their expertise developed on American soil to contribute to the development of Africa. There are thousands of Africans living overseas and seeking ways to contribute to the growth of their home countries; initiatives aimed at staunching the outflow of professional expertise are offering new possibilities. Today there are major opportunities to transform the historical brain drain into a new African brain trust. Therefore this program is seeking to enlighten audiences with an analysis on Reverse Brain Drain and offer an informative panel discussion with professionals who live and work in Africa.

09/25/2012 Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America

Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America

with Eduardo Moncado, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science at Rutgers University; Fellow, Drugs, Security and Democracy Program, Social Science Research Council / Open Society Foundation

09/24/2012 Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri

Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri

Presented by Wagner Food Policy Alliance

Come enjoy lunch and learn about Carolyn Dimitri and Christina Bronsing's paper in progress: "Political Economy of the National Organic Standards Board." RSVP is required, seating is limited. Participants will receive a small section of this working paper and have a conversation with the authors to offer suggestions, ask questions and and learn about the topic. Snacks will be provided. The discussion will have a hard stop at 1:30pm.

Carolyn Dimitri is a Food Studies professor at NYU Steinhardt and former USDA organic's expert. Christina Bronsing is recent Wagner Grad and is working this project with Carolyn.
Check out Carolyn's blog:

09/19/2012 Building Bridges, Building Power: A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing

Building Bridges, Building Power:  A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing

Only a few social movements have ever surpassed the threshold of engaging more than 1% of the U.S. population . Those movements have historically played central roles in advancing societal reform. New research documents the impressive growth in the scope, scale, and ambition of the progressive social movement and organizational field often termed “faith-based community organizing” – so that it now arguably attains that threshold. Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), in collaboration with Interfaith Funders present the findings from a new national census of all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. The study reveals the geographic spread of organizing, its growing influence in state and national political arenas, and the complex changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its institutional base, leadership core, and professional staff. Panelists will explore what this research says about the role of religion in public life and how this organizing fits into current social movements.


Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University

Dr. Richard L. Wood, Director of the Southwest Institute on Religion and Society, The University of New Mexico


Patricia Jerido, Program Officer, Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundation

Ai-Jen Poo, Labor Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance, named one of "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine

Richard Healey, Director, Grassroots Policy Project

Dorian Warren, Associate Professor, Politics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

09/18/2012 Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach

Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach

with Ana Cutter Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding

09/14/2012 January Courses Abroad in Brazil - Info Session

January Courses Abroad in Brazil - Info Session

This information session will review the course content, excursions, and registration logistics for Wagner's Institutions, Governance and International Development course abroad at UFBA in Salvador, Brazil, January 1 - 13, and the NYU MPH program's course abroad, Global Health Services Research, also running January 1 - 13 in Salvador at UFBA.

09/13/2012 Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election

Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election

Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate. He was formerly a member of an armed guerrilla group for about a decade that fought to overthrow the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Yayha Khan, then left and became a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines before becoming an award-winning and best selling book author. 

His book Taliban first introduced American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, Rashid examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: An unstable and nuclear armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East.

His books include

Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in central Asia (2002)

Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition (2010)

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012)

09/11/2012 Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us

Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us

with Colette Mazzucelli, Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

06/07/2012 Walking and the Life of the City Symposium

Walking and the Life of the City Symposium

Please join the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University for a research symposium focusing on the distinctive role that walking plays in city life. While a growing body of research in transportation has emphasized the health benefits of “active” travel modes like walking and biking, the researchers presenting at this event address walking from many perspectives, including social, economic, and even psychological factors, as well as walking’s integration with other modes of travel. In addition, the symposium will explore the future of walking in cities and what needs to be done in future walking research.

This half-day event includes researchers from across the globe and, of course, from here in one of the world’s great walking cities, New York. Presenters include:

• Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands: Walking and Psychological Well-Being
• Sarah Kaufman, New York University, New York: Augmented Reality on the Street
• David King, Columbia University, New York: Walking in a Multimodal Context
• Kevin Manaugh, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Socio-Economics of Walking
• Andrew Mondschein, New York University, New York: Walking, Activity Patterns, and Information Technologies
• Robert Schneider, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California: Walking Research Needs

Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic as well as a recent series of essays on walking at, will keynote the symposium. We expect ample discussion among presenters and the audience as to what we know and still need to know about walking and its impact on people, neighborhoods, and cities as a whole.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.

05/29/2012 Battling Congestion: Sam Schwartz Presents his Fair Plan

Battling Congestion: Sam Schwartz Presents his Fair Plan

The New York Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation invite you to join us for a conversation with former Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz on his vision for battling congestion in the New York region. Schwartz's plan, which involves reorganizing tolls to generate $15 billion over ten years to fund road, bridge, subway and bus improvements, has been lauded by the media since its release in March 2012. Learn more about the Fair Plan and Schwartz's career on May 29th.

CEO and Founder of Sam Schwartz Engineering, "Gridlock Sam" is considered a worldwide authority in traffic, highway, bridge, transit and parking systems. Prior to founding the firm in 1995, Schwartz was responsible for transportation engineering, infrastructure, and quality control and planning as Senior Vice President of Hayden Wegman Consulting Engineers, Inc. from 1990 to 1995. At the New York City Department of Transportation, he was responsible for an 8,000-person agency, a $350 million expense budget and a $700 million capital budget. Schwartz is a visiting scholar at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and a member of the New York Transportation Journal Editorial Board.

05/08/2012 2012 Capstone Expo

2012 Capstone Expo

The Capstone program is a valuable service that Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world. Join us for this year's Capstone Expo, where students will display summaries of their work. A reception at Kimmel will follow.

05/07/2012 NYU Meatless Monday


Monday, May 7th |
Rudin Forum at Puck Building, 2nd Floor | 12:30-2PM

You have the power to reduce climate change with every meal you eat. Come join the Meatless Mondays campaign, featuring:

-Tasty *free* vegetarian food provided by the NYU Student Food Co-op

-Organic coffee to get you through finals from Blue Bottle Coffee

-Sustainable Lunch Maps for good options around NYU

-Meat-free meal guides to cook your own tasty veggie-friendly food

Curious about the carbon footprint of your meals? The meat industry contributes to our emissions much more than most of us realize. Livestock alone creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and other fossil-fueled modes of transportation in the world according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in their widely cited report, Livestock's Long Shadow. In fact, our current food system--from industrial farming to packaging to transporting--contributes as much as one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions. Some reports even tip the scale closer to half.

Pledge to go meatless on Mondays this year and join the movement to cut the meat, once a week. All students and staff participating in MM this year will receive buttons, recipes and resources to lower our environmental footprint. Collective pledges will be aggregated to measure our communal impact throughout the year.

The Climate Change: It's What's For Dinner campaign is a joint collaboration of the Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Wagner Climate Coalition, NYU Steinhardt Food Studies, NYU Law/Students for Animal Legal Defense Fund and is supported by a Green Grant from the NYU Office of Sustainability.

Visit our website,, and find:

-Vegetarian Recipes (or submit some of your favorites to

-Resources from local NYC Eating Guides to an NYU Sustainable Lunch Map

-Articles, books, blogs, and podcasts to keep you up on the links between climate change, meat, and health

-Apps and Cookbooks to plan out your sustainable eats

-Q&A Interviews with NYU vegetarian athletes like Pete Horn to Dirt Candy Chef, Amanda Cohen

It's all online at the NYU Meatless Mondays site.

And follow the action, find recipes and connect with resources through Twitter also, follow us @NYUmeatless! Send in your pics of favorite local spots, what you're cooking up and home and how you're living out a sustainable life in NYC and check out the flickr photostream for some past postings of events and recipes, too.

Questions? Email

05/02/2012 It's Even Worse Than It Looks
IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS This being an election year, the airwaves and op-ed pages are full of pundits and politicians declaring what the future will or should bring this fall. Given the fragile economic climate and explosive political environment, the objective insight of seasoned experts is crucial now more than ever.

Join the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress and NYU Wagner on May 2, 2012 at 3:00PM in welcoming Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein who are sure set off passionate debate among these and other important players in the beltway and beyond withIT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism

05/01/2012 The Supreme Court and Health Reform: How Should It Rule?

The Supreme Court and Health Reform: How Should It Rule?

Join us for a panel discussion on this timely debate.  With:

Deborah Bachrach, Special Counsel, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Roderick Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Rogan Kersh, Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner

Moderated by
John Billings, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service, and director of NYU Wagner's Health Policy and Management Program

05/01/2012 Technology and Urban Mobility: Perspectives from the Front Lines

Technology and Urban Mobility: Perspectives from the Front Lines

Presented by Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management

Transportation is vastly changing as infrastructure becomes smarter. How are transportation managers incorporating technologies into our cities’ streets, vehicles and transit networks, and what are the outcomes, successes and pitfalls? How do these solutions affect mobility?
Join us for a look into technology’s influence on mobility management in New York City. Panelists include:
Ernest Tollerson, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
• Monica DaCosta, Supervisor of Operational Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Brian Ferris, Software Engineer, Google Transit
Jeff Maki, Principal, Transportation Group at OpenPlans
Adam Ernst, Software Developer & Creator, iTrans