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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

04/27/2012 Urban Exposure Photography Showcase

Urban Exposure Photography Showcase

Presented by Urban Planning Student Association

Urban Exposure is an urban-themed documentary photography showcase.

This year, we are featuring the work of students and aspiring photographers in the New York City area.
We will be awarding four individual artists for their outstanding contribution to the arts, the study of the urban form, and to the competition.

This event is free and open to the public. Wine and refreshments will be served.

04/27/2012 Venus Noire

Venus Noire

Presented by Wagner Student Association for Africa

The film Venus Noire, is a real-life story about the life of Saartjie Baartman, a black, Khoi domestic worker, who in 1810 was enticed by fame and fortune to leave her home in South Africa for Europe. Upon her arrival in London she faced dehumanization and extreme ridicule as she was displayed as a "freak of nature" by virtue of her unusual anatomy and sexual organs. She was shipped to France where she was studied, made to mimic savagery and expose her body in Carnivals and eventually in brothels, where she was sexually exploited.

Baartman died at the tender age of 27 of pneumonia and venereal disease, all alone and never having returned to her homeland. After her death, her sexual organs and brains were displayed in a French Museum and studied to establish a link between man and apes. After several years of the South African government requesting that the remains of Baartman be returned for a humane burial, she was eventually returned in 2002 and buried in her homeland.

We will explore the issues raised in Venus Noire, particularly the role of women in general, the perception of African women and how issues of sexuality, dignity and power play into society today.

04/26/2012 6th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: "Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy"

6th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture:  "Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy"

The lecture this year will be given by Alisa Rubin Kurshan, PhD, Senior Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York for Strategic Planning and Organizational Resources.

A reception will follow. Dietary laws will be observed.

Please join the Wagner-Skirball community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle.

04/23/2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with John White, LA State Superintendent of Education

2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum

John White
Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm
Program: 6 - 7:30 pm

Seating is limited.  Please register below.

John White began his career in education as an English teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He later worked as Executive Director for Teach For America Chicago and Teach For America New Jersey, where he also served on the organization's national Strategy Committee. In 2006, White was recruited by New York City Chancellor Joel Klein to join the city’s senior management team.  In his last role in NYC, White served as Deputy Chancellor for Talent, Labor, and Innovation.  During his tenure with NYC, the country’s largest school district, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for Portfolio, where he was responsible for developing new schools, closing failing schools, and adjusting grade levels, enrollments, and locations of existing schools.   In May 2011, White was appointed Superintendent of the Recovery School District, the state-run school district charged with transforming failing schools in Louisiana.  During his tenure with the RSD, he led the development of a three-year strategic plan; crafted a plan to overhaul the remaining failing schools in the RSD in New Orleans; revamped instructional supports to RSD direct-run schools; developed a comprehensive program to monitor Type 5 Charter Schools statewide; established a city-wide enrollment process; and reorganized the RSD to improve support for schools and reduced the central office count by more than one-third.   In January 2012, White was appointed State Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana.    White received a B.A. in English with distinction from the University of Virginia, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. 
04/21/2012 Building a Bike-Friendly Business District in the LES

Building a Bike-Friendly Business District in the LES

An Outreach Event with Transportation Alternatives

Join the Wagner Transportation Association and Transportation Alternatives in building support for one the nation’s first Bike-Friendly Business Districts! As you know, bicycle use and infrastructure improvements in NYC have exploded over the past few years, but that hasn’t come without some battles. In order to win even more improvements, TA has begun identifying bike-friendly businesses throughout the city, and has its eyes set on declaring the Lower East Side a bike-friendly district. To help with this initiative, we’re organizing a Day of Service to canvass small businesses and educate them about how they can support bicycling in the city. We’ll meet at the TA offices at 1 PM on Saturday, April 21st for training & lunch, then head back to the LES for the canvass. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and will make bicycling in NYC even better. Please RSVP by April 18th. To check out the current list of bike-friendly businesses and learn more, visit

04/20/2012 Arcology, Arcosanti and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri – Towards Genuine Long-Term Sustainability

Arcology, Arcosanti and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri – Towards Genuine Long-Term Sustainability

Co-sponosroed by the Wagner Transportation Association (WTA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Arcology is architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri’s concept of cities which embody the fusion of architecture with ecology. It proposes a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the antithesis of urban sprawl. By foregoing the automobile and minimizing destruction of the surrounding ecology, and by incorporating extensive terraced solar greenhouses and energy production, arcologies provide for highly pedestrian cities which maximize urban functioning while dramatically minimizing energy and resource consumption and waste. Arcosanti is the prototype arcology being built in Arizona.

George Kosmides, who will provide the discussion of Paolo Soleri, is President of Noospherics Technologies, Inc, and the former staff electrical engineer at Arcosanti. He still works with the Arcosanti staff on an ongoing basis, as well as with a range of leading edge solar and wind energy development projects.

04/19/2012 Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

The Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA) of the Robert F. Wagner School, at NYU presents
Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

Join us in a celebration of Dean Spade's recently released book: 'Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law' (South End Press) in conversation with Andrea Ritchie, co-author (along with Joey L. Mogul and Kay Whitlock) of 'Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States,’ and Reina Gossett, contributing writer to ‘Captive Genders.’ The overlapping themes of these authors' books and life-work should yield a deep discussion around LGBT policy, law, and justice issues in the US.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date/Time: April 19th, 2012, 530pm - 730pm
Location: Room 214, Furman Hall @ NYU

Co-Sponsored by: OUTlaw, SCJR, NYU LGBT office, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

About the speakers:

Dean Spade is assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law, teaching administrative law, poverty law, and law and social movements. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit law collective that provides free legal help to intersex, trans, and gender nonconforming low-income people and people of color and works to build racial and economic justice-centered trans resistance. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law (South End Press, 2011).

Andrea Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. She co-coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and is co-author, along with Joey L. Mogul and Kay Whitlock, of "Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People" in the United States (Beacon Press 2011).

Reina Gossett is an activist living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Currently Reina works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as Membership Director and formerly directed the Welfare Organizing Project at Queers for Economic Justice and was a Soros Justice Fellow on staff at Critical Resistance. She is a contributing writer for Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & the Prison Industrial Complex and believes imagination and creativity are vital for creating strong social movements for self determination & liberation.

04/19/2012 The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Presented by Wagner Student Association for Africa, Jewish Wagner Professional Association, and Asian Pacific American Student Alliance

Film Screening: THE RESCUERS, the latest film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic and courageous diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film follows Wagner's very own Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned 20th century and Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. Visit for more information.

The film screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Stephanie and others involved in making the film.

04/18/2012 Using ‘Softer’ Interventions for Technological Innovation in Climate Change
Using ‘Softer’ Interventions for Technological Innovation in Climate Change Maryam Hariri, Visiting Fellow, the Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Amsterdam VU

Technological solutions to climate change threats have traditionally focused on protection and prevention through “hard” (engineering-oriented) solutions (i.e. building dykes). More recently, however, there has been a shift towards  “softer” (ecologically-oriented) interventions that replicate and/or enhance nature to increase resiliency – an approach sometimes referred to as “building with nature.” This lecture will focus on the intersection of technological innovations and climate adaptation in urban environments. It will use New York City and Amsterdam as case studies.