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11/03/2011 Wagner Reception at APPAM for Faculty, Alumni & Friends

Wagner Reception at APPAM for Faculty, Alumni & Friends

At this year's Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference in D.C., Dean Ellen Schall will host Wagner Faculty, Alumni, and Friends for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Washington Marriot.  See old friends, mingle with colleagues, catch up with the faculty and local Wagner grads.  Please join us!

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11/03/2011 Large-scale Land Acquisition in Africa: Land Grab or Investment?

Large-scale Land Acquisition in Africa: Land Grab or Investment?
Sponsored by Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA)

Come and join us in exploring the many dimensions of the contentious debate around 'land-grabs' in Africa. The World Bank estimates over 110 million acres of land under negotiation with over 70 percent in Africa. The growing practice of large-scale acquisitions of land by individuals, governments and transnational companies has been criticized for the negative impact it has had on those displaced as well as on national development. Investors have defended the practice as fostering job creation in the region and growth through capital investment.   We hear the perspectives of those adversely affected by land acquisitions, those engaging in the practice and the legal and policy perspectives. We will thereafter discuss its implications and explore whether stricter regulation is required or not.    Food and wine will be served.
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11/03/2011 Occupation to Policy: The Political, Governmental and Economic Implications of Occupy Wall Street

Occupation to Policy: The Political, Governmental and Economic Implications of Occupy Wall Street

The Journal of Global Affairs is pleased to present “Occupation to Policy,” a panel discussion that will approach the Occupy Wall Street movement from a political, governmental and economic perspective. Can OWS translate in policy change? Is OWS’s vision for the future reachable or unrealistic? How can we reconcile the varied positions on the movement, and the multiple meaning people have attached to it? Looking at education specifically, how is the United States government already reacting to the movement, and how can they do more? These and more questions will be addressed by this dynamic panel!

Panelists:

Peter Cunningham

Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, United States Department of Education
A political appointee from the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education, Peter Cunningham will discuss how the U.S. government is addressing the demands of students but will also speak more broadly as to how the federal government is responding and reacting to the movement.

Shankar Prasad 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Wagner School of Public Service
Professor Prasad research and teaching interests include immigration policy; intersections of race, religion and politics; the American Presidency; financial regulation; quantitative analysis; research design; and public policy. 

Peter Rajsingh 
Adjunct Professor, NYU CAS, Stern and Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Managing Member, Castellar Partners LLC
Professor Rajsingh’s interests include finance and social theory, corporate governance and business ethics. He has held many prominent positions in both the public and private sectors.

George Shulman
Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Professor Shulman’s interests include political thought and the role of narrative in politics and he has been following the Occupy Wall Street movement since its birth.

Moderator:
Lila Shapiro
Business Reporter, The Huffington Post
Lila Shapiro is a Business Reporter at the Huffington Post. She writes frequently about labor issues. More recently, she has been reporting primarily about Occupy Wall Street. She previously worked at Talking
Points Memo, editing TPMCafe. She lives in New York City.

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11/02/2011 "Hands That Feed" Film and Discussion

"Hands That Feed" Film and Discussion

Join IPSA to view selections from Hands That Feed, a lively discussion with the Executive Producer Joshua Levin, and an afternoon coffee break!

Hands That Feed is a documentary film exploring the agricultural collapse in Haiti, its role in the post-earthquake food crisis, and the emerging grassroots development models that seek to restore Haiti’s food supply and environment. http://handsthatfeed.com/

Hands That Feed will narrate the experiences of dynamic young adults in post-earthquake Haiti, representing a range of innovative grassroots recovery organizations, as they seek to build a sustainable future for the country. The film starts on the streets of Port-au-Prince. Following our characters through day-to-day life, the viewer learns how Haiti lost the ability to feed itself, turning a natural disaster into a crisis. The inspiring young people undergo personal transformation, mirroring the potential transformation of the nation, as they study sustainable agriculture techniques and trauma relief practices. They then tour the country as teachers, experiencing the hardships of post-earthquake Haiti. The viewer witnesses the challenges, frustration, and victories of teaching society to be self-sufficient in both agriculture and leadership.

Joshua Levin is the Executive Producer of Hands That Feed and a Senior Program Officer at the World Wildlife Fund, specializing in finance and agricultural commodities. His work is in finance for international sustainable agriculture, and he is passionate about the potential for ecological agriculture as a transformational development approach. Joshua has worked in the past with Root Capital, the Rainforest Alliance, EcoAgriculture Partners, and Conservation International. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and a BA from Harvard University. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.

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11/01/2011 The New Green Revolution: Why GMOs Won't Feed the World

The New Green Revolution: Why GMOs Won't Feed the World

Sponsored by the NYU Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the NYU Wagner International Public Service Association, and the NYU Steinhardt Food Studies Program.

Join us in a lively conversation as Anna Lappé and Josphat Ngonyo discuss the implications of genetically engineered seeds, industrial agriculture, and the role of agribusiness on the environment and livelihoods in the US and abroad.

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, sustainable food advocate, and mom. Respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change, Anna was named one of Time’s “Eco” Who’s-Who. Anna is a founding principal, with her mother Frances Moore Lappé, of the Small Planet Institute, an international network for research and popular education about the root causes of hunger and poverty. The Lappés are also co-founders of the Small Planet Fund, which has raised more than $500,000 for democratic social movements worldwide, two of which have won the Nobel Peace Prize since the Fund’s founding in 2002. Her latest book is Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. Anna is also the co-author of Hope's Edge, with her mother, Frances Moore Lappé, and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen, with Bryant Terry. Read her latest work at Take a Bite out of Climate Change.

Josphat Ngonyo is the founding Director of Africa Network for Animal Welfare and Youth for Conservation. He is a key player in conservation and animal welfare in Africa, holding many positions, including with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and as the international representative to Compassion in World Farming. He led the Kenyan government’s National Steering Committee to review its wildlife conservation and management policy and legislation. He won the Middle East Animal Welfare Award (2007) and the Eastern Africa Environmental Leadership Award (2003) and is a member of the Global Task Force on Farm Animal Welfare and Trade. He has helped develop the coalition against the introduction of GE crops in Kenya.

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11/01/2011 Leading from Behind: Race, Class, and the Promise of Education Reform

Leading from Behind: Race, Class, and the Promise of Education Reform

Presented by the Women of Color Policy Network.

Nearly a decade after the passage of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the federal legislation that promised reform and accountability for the American education system, many urban cities continue to be plagued by failing schools, high dropout rates, and poor performance across the board. The statistics are clear: Over 40 percent of Black and Latino students did not graduate from high school in 2011, and graduation rates in cities with large concentrations of working class and poor residents are substantially lower than other geographic areas by over fifty percent.

The current Administration understands that to be competitive in today’s workforce, our nation must reform a failing system and invest in public education. In May 2011, President Obama announced his intent to replace NCLB in all fifty states by the end of the year with Race to the Top, a competitive grant program incentivizing education innovation and reform. At this turning point in our nation’s approach to education reform, education leaders must come together and identify the specific policies that are needed to narrow the achievement gap that disproportionately leaves low-income students and people of color behind.

Join education experts from across the nation as they explore what it will really take to reform the public education system in America and prepare students to compete in a global economy. Panelists will propose innovative approaches to education reform given a political environment favoring cuts to public investments, discuss the federal government’s role in ensuring access and quality, and weigh in on what strategies – from charter schools to equitable school financing – hold the most promise for success in a post-NCLB era.

Discussants:
• Zakiyah Ansari, Parent Leader, NYC Coalition for Educational Justice
• Lorretta Johnson, Ed.D, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
• Carlos Perez, President and CEO, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
• Warren Simmons, Ph.D, Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Moderator:
• Edward Fergus, Ph.D, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education

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11/01/2011 Clean Energy Social Impact Investing Brown Bag

Clean Energy Social Impact Investing Brown Bag

Presented by Bridge: Students for Social Innovation and the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA), as part of NYU Wagner's Climate Coalition

As the world transitions to a low carbon economy the business of clean energy and carbon is evolving quickly. Join us for a brown bag discussion with Jason Steinberg of Bloomberg New Energy Finance - the leading provider of independent analysis, data and news in the clean energy and carbon markets - for an overview of current trends in the clean energy market.

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10/25/2011 Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment

Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment

It is popularly believed that once criminals are released from incarceration that they have “paid their debts” to society and are free to start their lives anew. Of course, this is rarely true in practice. Many, if not most, individuals find that upon release they face a range of civil and administrative penalties ranging from revocation of voting rights, to deportation, to inability to access services such as public housing or student loans.

At Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment, panelists will highlight and chronicle the struggles of formerly incarcerated individuals on their journeys to successful reintegration into society, starting with employment.

Panelists will include:

Glenn Martin
Vice President of Development and Public Affairs
Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy
Fortune Society

Ronald Day
Program Coordinator for Workforce Intensive
The Osborne Association

Brent Cohen
Director of Legislative and Government Affairs
NYC Department of Probation

Jessica McMahon
Program Director for Employment Works
NYC Department of Small Business Services

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10/25/2011 "An African Answer" Film Screening

"An African Answer" Film Screening

Join the International Public Service Association (IPSA), The Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA) and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding for a pre-premiere screening of An African Answer, a film about post-conflict community reconstruction in Kenya following the 2007 massacres. The film features Tanenbaum’s 'Peacemakers in Action,' Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa.

The film will be followed by a short presentation and Q&A with the Imam and the Pastor. Kenyan activist Joseph Karanja and the film’s director Dr. Alan Channer will also be on hand to answer questions. For more information about the film please see http://www.fltfilms.org.uk/imam2.html.

Refreshments will be served.

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10/25/2011 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Construction Projects: An update from Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President, MTA Capital Construction Company

There has been a great deal of focus on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction Company’s (MTACC) mega-project which is the largest transit construction program in the nation with over $17 billion dollars invested in expansion and improvement of the downstate region’s transportation network.  

Join us for an exciting update from MTACC President Michael Horodniceanu, Ph.D., P.E. Listen as he outlines the history, engineering challenges and progress of MTACC Mega Project’s including East Side Access, Second Avenue Subway, 7 West Extension, and Fulton Street Transit Center.


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10/25/2011 Long Term Liability Roundtable Discussion Series: An Overview of Long Term Liabilities and Pension Issues in New York

Long Term Liability Roundtable Discussion Series:
An Overview of Long Term Liabilities and Pension Issues in New York

Presented by The Fund for Public Advocacy, in partnership with the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and NYU Wagner School of Public Service, with generous support from The New York Community Trust

Cities and states across the nation are facing serious fiscal challenges. New York City alone is projecting a deficit of over $4 billion for the next fiscal year. One of the largest single contributors to the City’s budget shortfalls is soaring employer contributions to its employee pension funds.  These contributions have increased from two percent of the City’s budget in 2000 to eleven percent in the last fiscal year, while the City's accrued health insurance benefits liability totaled $75 billion in 2010.

Join members of the public, government officials, and other key stakeholders for the first in a series of discussions about New York City’s long term liabilities and pension costs. The first round table discussion will be an overview of long term liabilities and their implications. 

8:00 AM -- Registration
8:30 AM -- Keynote & Panel Discussion


MODERATOR
Michael Powell
New York Times

KEYNOTE
Richard Ravitch
former Lt. Governor, New York State

PANELISTS
Mike Musuraca
Independent Pension Consultant
 
James Parrott
Fiscal Policy Institute

Dan Smith
New York University

For more information on this event, please contact Jae Ko at the Fund for Public Advocacy.

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10/24/2011 Arts at the Intersection: A Discussion on the Wagner Experience

Arts at the Intersection: A Discussion on the Wagner Experience

The interesting ideas are at the intersection... and that is exactly where studies of arts and culture are currently flourishing. There is a growing body of students at Wagner interested in understanding how critical issues of policy, management, and planning intersect with the role of the arts and culture in our lives. The Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC) would like to explore these interests with the goal of enhancing the Wagner Experience through new opportunities to learn about and participate in this burgeoning, cross-cutting field.

At this event, Professors, alumni in the field, student groups, and students from both the Wagner student body and other relevant schools will come together in intimate breakout conversations about some of the hottest topics in arts and culture today.

Discussions will seek to understand the issues from different angles, identify specific areas of interest to students, and create a set of ideas for how these issues and opportunities can become a part of the Wagner Experience (classes, extracurriculars, leadership development, etc). Ultimately, these discussions and recommendations will be translated into a road map for Wagner students, clubs, and administration to consider new opportunities within the school.

Roundtable Themes:
-Arts & Economic Development
-Arts & Education
-Arts & Health/Wellness
-Arts & Advocacy/Impact Measurement
-Arts & Social Justice
-Arts & the Public Environment

This event is open only to NYU students.

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10/24/2011 Guest Lecture Series: mothers2mothers

mothers2mothers
Employing nearly 1,800 mothers in nine countries, mothers2mothers is helping to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an innovative model of care that trains and employs local women to provide education and support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV. Representatives of the organization will talk about issues related to HIV and maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa and the mothers2mothers model. 

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10/20/2011 "The Role of UN Sanctions in African Conflict Zones"r

"The Role of UN Sanctions in African Conflict Zones"
Howard Wachtel, U.S. Mission to the UN

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10/17/2011 Guest Lecture Series: Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International (http://www.womenforwomen.org), a leading expert on women’s rights and protection in conflict zones, and the best-selling co-author of her memoir, Between Two Worlds: Escape From Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.

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10/14/2011 The Broken Society vs. the Big Society: A Lecture and Conversation with Phillip Blond

The Broken Society vs. the Big Society:
A Lecture and Conversation with Phillip Blond

Presented by NYU Wagner

As a key architect of the U.K.’s Big Society project, Phillip Blond will apply lessons from the recent U.K. riots to our American political scene, including the current Occupy Wall Street movement. Blond’s ResPublica (http://www.respublica.us/)  think tank has ridden to sudden prominence with radical solutions aimed at restoring civil society, remoralizing the marketplace and recapitalizing the poor. Their ideas make up a substantial part of the U.K.’s new Localism Bill, now close to passage.

Phillip Blond is a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, a student of John Milbank and a former lecturer in theology at Cumbria. He has been called the "Philosopher King" of the David Cameron government and espouses what might be described as a neo-distributistapproach to politics with cooperatives, localized "non-state mutualism" and other policies that do not fit neatly any of the current political boxes. He offers a critique across the board of the centralized state, big business, banking and the unregulated free market. He has called for a renewal of morality in the market and the institutions of society. British Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" is an attempt to try these ideas in the laboratory of a real country.

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10/13/2011 “Egypt’s Path to Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities”

“Egypt’s Path to Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities”
Khaled Z. Amin, associate professor of public finance and administration, Cairo University;
affiliated scholar, the American University in Cairo (AUC); visiting scholar, NYU Wagner;
senior decentralization policy advisor, the USAID’s Egyptian Decentralization Initiative (EDI)

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10/06/2011 “Gender-Based Violence and Access to Food and Water in Humanitarian Crises: Is there a Connection?”r

“Gender-Based Violence and Access to Food and Water in Humanitarian Crises: Is there a Connection?”
Meg Satterthwaite, faculty director, CHRGJ; professor, the Global Justice Clinic

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10/06/2011 From Transport to Mobility: A Paradigm Shift to Face the Challenge of Sustainable Cities. A conversation with Georges Amar


In order to face the challenges of urban sustainability and to meet the opportunities of information technologies, transportation systems are undergoing a full paradigm shift. The meanings and values of our “mobile life” are changing. If the 20th was the auto-mobile century, the 21st will be the body-mobile one. Intelligent, augmented, connected; our body is the “new mode” for a modern sustainable urban mobility.

Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, Georges Amar hosts and informal luncheon to disucss the challenges of urban sustainability and what they mean to transportation systems and understanding of mobility.


Georges Amar is the Director of Prospective and Innovative Design at the RATP (the Parisian regional transit authority). Mr. Amar has spent the majority of his professional life as an engineer, graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris. He has focused on urban transportation in various aspects, which he further explores in his latest book, Homo Mobilis – the new age of mobility.

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10/05/2011 Women in Public Service: Taking on Education

Women in Public Service: Taking on Education

Wednesday October 5th
from 5p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Puck Building 295 Lafayette St. , Rudin Conference Room

This year Wagner Women's Caucus is highlighting gender at Wagner in a series of conversations focused on the education of women and girls.

Women in Public Service: Taking on Education will bring leaders from across the field to talk with students at roundtable discussions about the opportunities and challenges of advancing education for women and girls worldwide. Students will gain insight into the careers of leading experts and have an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues. 

For more info and how you can get involved visit www.wagnerwomenscaucus.com.

Featured Speakers and Roundtable Topics:

Antonie de Jong, Deputy Chief of Resource Mobilization at UN Women
FINANCE:
Fundraising and Advocacy for the Education of Girls Worldwide
Website - Follow on Twitter @UN_Women

Penny Abeywardena, Senior Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative
POLICY:
Influencing Key Players to Support Gender Equality in Education
Website  - Follow on Twitter @ClintonGlobal

Marcia Brumit Kropf, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc.
MANAGEMENT:
Leveraging Informal Education to Help Girls Overcome Economic, Social, and Gender Barriers
Website - Follow on Twitter @girls_inc

Jessica Posner, Co-founder of the Shining Hope Kibera School for Girls (Kenya)
ENTREPRENEURSHIP:
Starting and Operating a School in Africa’s Largest Slum
Website - Follow on Twitter @hope2shine

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09/30/2011 Carbon Nation Film Screening and Discussion

Carbon Nation Film Screening and Discussion

The Wagner Climate Coalition is kicking off their fall events with a film screening of "Carbon Nation" followed by a discussion led by Professor John Gershman. The event is sponsored by the International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) and Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA) as part of the Wagner Climate Coalition.

The Wagner Climate Coalition is an alliance of Wagner students and student groups concerned about climate change that aim to share knowledge, network, collaborate, lead by example, and change Wagner, NYU, NYC and the world. Please join the Wagner Climate Coalition to discuss and learn more about the implications of climate change through their "Carbon Nation" screening.

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09/29/2011 “Priority Reproductive Health Services in Humanitarian Emergencies – the Minimum Initial Service Package”r

“Priority Reproductive Health Services in Humanitarian Emergencies – the Minimum Initial Service Package”
Sandra Krause, Reproductive Health Program Director, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children

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09/28/2011 Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?

Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?
Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Policy Alliance, and the Poverty Discussion Group

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more commonly known as TANF. He famously declared that this act would “end welfare as we know it.” Fifteen years later the debate continues...has welfare reform lived up to its promise?

Join us for a keynote presentation and panel discussion surrounding the 15th Anniversary of Welfare Reform. We will take a look at the landmark legislation of the past, present, and future to consider: How this legislation has affected low-income families and how welfare has evolved since then? Is TANF enough given soaring unemployment rates and the deep recession? And with a major presidential election right around the corner, what is the future of this program?

Join us for this keynote presentation and lively discussion on the ever important and controversial issue of welfare reform.

Keynote Speaker:
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration

Panelists:
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
Lawrence M. Mead, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, New York University
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology, City University of New York
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Moderator:
Caitlyn Brazill, Director of Policy and Communications, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

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09/27/2011 Leadership and Management Education in the Context of Nepal's Community, Organizational and National Development

Leadership and Management Education in the Context of Nepal's Community, Organizational and National Development
 

Please join RCLA Fellow and NYU Wagner Adjunct Associate Professor Robertson Work and Nepali colleagues to learn about an ongoing collaboration to design leadership and human development graduate curricula and trainings for the School of Environmental Management and Science (SchEMS) at Pokhara University in Nepal.
 

Robertson Work, adjunct associate professor of public administration, is founder/director of Innovative Leadership Services and serves as a consultant to UNDP, UNDESA and the East-West Center, among other international organizations. Mr. Work is also a Fulbright Specialist assisting universities overseas and a Fellow of the NYU Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action. Formerly he was UNDP Principal Policy Advisor on Decentralized Governance.

Dr. Tatwa Timsina is Director of Research and Training for the School of Environmental Management and Science at Pokhara University, Nepal. He is also Associate Professor at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Executive Director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) International, and Chairman of ICA Nepal, an NGO conducting leadership, community and organizational training and development throughout the country.

Mr. Kushendra Bahadur Mahat is the Executive Director of the School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEMS) at Pokhara University, Nepal. He is also the Chairman of Karnali Integrated Rural Development and Research Center (KIRDARC) and the President of Rotary Club of Rudramati, Nepal. Mr. Mahat has a Masters of Business Administration from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

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09/27/2011 Introduction to the NYC Department of Education

Introduction to the NYC Department of Education (Brown Bag Discussion)

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

This brown bag discussion will provide students with a primer on the NYC Department of Education – a quick history, major changes, a brief explanation of the structure of the agency, and what makes the district unique compared to other large urban districts.

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