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02/02/2012 Salary and Gender Issues in the Jewish Community with The Forward's Jane Eisner

Salary and Gender Issues in the Jewish Community with The Forward's Jane Eisner

For Wagner/Skirball Dual-Degree Students

Jane Eisner, editor of The Forward, will be coming to talk with Wagner/Skirball students and alumni and friends of the program about issues relating to salary and gender inequality in the Jewish professional field. Attendees are asked to read the following articles published by The Forward in December as preparation for the discussion:

01/31/2012 The Uses, Abuses, and Limitations of New Technologies in Unstable Areas for Humanitarian Monitoring
The Uses, Abuses, and Limitations of New Technologies in Unstable Areas for Humanitarian Monitoring Richard Garfield, Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of Clinical International Nursing, Columbia Nursing School   
12/12/2011 Roundtable Discussion on Long-Term Liabilities & Healthcare
Roundtable Discussion on Long-Term Liabilities & Healthcare
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 and The Peterson Foundation.  Co-sponsored by the Wagner Economics and Finance Association.

Keynote address:

Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

Carol Kellermann, Citizens Budget Commission Carol O’Cleireacain, Brookings Institute Bruce McIver, League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes
Michael Powell, The New York Times, Moderator 
The Fund for Public Advocacy, in partnership with the Office of New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, with generous support from The New York Community Trust and the Peterson Foundation, is sponsoring a series of roundtable discussions to engage members of the public, government officials, and other key stakeholders on New York City’s long-term liabilities.  The first roundtable explored pensions, and this upcoming one will focus on healthcare.   New York City’s commitments to provide healthcare to current employees and our retirees are critical to preserving our middle class.  But a weak economy and rising costs will challenge our ability to make good on those responsibilities in the years ahead.  Our roundtable will explore different strategies for providing quality—and affordable—healthcare for our workforce in the long-term.
8:00 AM -- Registration 8:30 AM -- Keynote & Panel Discussion
A light breakfast will be served.
For more information on this event, please contact Lynn Pyfer at the Fund for Public Advocacy.  
12/09/2011 WSAFA: Film Screening of Venus Noire

WSAFA: Film Screening of Venus Noire

Co-sponsored by SNEAC and The Wagner Women's Caucus

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.

12/08/2011 SCJR Brown Bag: Stop, Question & Frisk

SCJR Brown Bag: Stop, Question & Frisk

Join Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) for a brown bag dinner discussion on the stop, question and frisk policy of the New York City Police Department, featuring:

Pat Wing, former NYPD Captain, current Director of Uniform Operations with the Department of Public Safety at New York University, and a Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Executive Master of Public Administration candidate.

Dinner and refreshments will be served.

12/08/2011 Engage2012 Opening Event

Engage2012 Opening Event

The Women of Color Policy Network at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will host a convening of leading people of color policy experts, practitioners and social change advocates working on issues related to immigration, racial justice, economic security, LGBTQ rights and reproductive and environmental justice to better understand how to work across communities to identify common policy goals and targets, strengthen coalitions and dismantle issue silos, and ultimately advance a multi-issue, intersectional framework to address structural and institutional inequalities and disparities present in society.

The public is welcome to attend the opening plenary of Engage2012 with policy experts, practitioners, thought leaders, key stakeholders, and members of the NYU community.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

--Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategy

--Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
--Cheryl Contee, Co-Founder of the award-winning Black political blog Jack and Jill Politics

--Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union
--Marc Lamont Hill, host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and Columbia University Professor
--Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women
--Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Voto Latino
--Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Director of Immigration and National Campaigns at the National Council of La Raza
--Anika Rahman, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women
--Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange
--Linda Sarsour, Director of the Arab American Association of New York
--Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

 --Moderator: Sheryl Huggins Salomon, Managing Editor of The Root

Additionally, the following individuals are still pending confirmation:

--Reverend Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network and host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation
--Kimberly Teehee, Senior Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council

Engage2012 is co-sponsored by: Applied Research Center, Demos, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women, National Council of La Raza, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Urban League, Open Society Foundations, The Opportunity Agenda, Rock the Vote, Voto Latino and Women’s Funding Network

12/08/2011 Moving Forward, Getting to Zero: the AIDS Crisis after 30 Years

Moving Forward, Getting to Zero: the AIDS Crisis after 30 Years

Sponsored by the Stonewall Policy Alliance

Building upon this year's World AIDS Day theme, the event will bring together experts and practitioners from the fields of science, public health, public policy, and community activism to discuss how the HIV/AIDS epidemic generates an ever-evolving social and collective understanding of HIV/AIDS. Reflecting upon the almost immediate response of activists and artists, we wish to inform new activists in how to reinvigorate the public, policymakers, and the science and medical communities by deploying cultural, artistic, and deeply social responses once at the heart of the fight against the disease.

Moderator: Sean Cahill, Phd., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Wagner and Director of Health and Policy Research at the Fenway Institute.

Mitchell Warren, Executive Director of AVAC, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention

Catherine Hanssens
, Executive Director and founder of the Center for HIV Law and Policy

Jaszi Alejandro, Youth & Diversity Programs, Gay Men's Health Crisis

Cheikh Traore
, Senior Policy Advisor, Sexual Diversity HIV Practice, United Nations Development Program

Imoh Colins Edozie, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Development and Social Transformation, in Nigeria

The event will begin with a panel discussion and then attendees will form interactive brainstorming groups to discuss provided scenarios that will allow them to posit questions to the speakers.

12/08/2011 Guest Lecture: Carlos Leite on "Sustainabillity Indicators in Sao Paulo"

Guest Lecture: Carlos Leite on
"Sao Paulo Sustainability Indicators: from formal to informal territories"

About the Speaker:
Carlos Leite, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Sao Paulo; Principal, Sustainable Development and Design consultant at Stuchi & Leite Projetos

Professor Leite is both a practicing architect and urbanist on sustainable urban development in global megacities.

His current research in Sao Paulo covers sustainability indicators in both the formal city center and the informal urban periphery.

12/06/2011 Thinking of Working in Philanthropy? Career Reflections from Gara Lamarche

Thinking of Working in Philanthropy? Career Reflections from Gara Lamarche

Join Wagner’s Alumni in Philanthropy Affinity Group in conversation with Mr. Gara LaMarche, Senior Fellow at Wagner. Mr. LaMarche, who previously served as President and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies, will be sharing reflections from his rich career in philanthropy – fifteen years on the “giving end,” as well as twenty years before that on the “receiving end.” Mr. LaMarche will talk about how he made his career in philanthropy, provide insights on the state of the field and best ways to foster relationships in the philanthropic sector.

Visit to read Mr. LaMarche’s full biography.

12/06/2011 East Africa Famine: Humanitarian Response and Benefit Dinner

East Africa Famine: Humanitarian Response and Benefit Dinner

Sponsored by International Public Service Association and Wagner Student Alliance For Africa

Speakers From:
International Rescue Committee Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
Islamic Relief USA

Event Description:
The Horn of East Africa has experienced several famines over the years, but this summer's drought led to one of the worst famines the region has seen in over 60 years. Some claim that climate change is to blame, while others contend that the militant Al-Shabab group in Somalia exacerbated the problem. Whatever the cause, over 920,000 Somalis fled into neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia and have become residents in various refugee camps. Addressing these refugees' needs, and the needs of Somalis who remained in country, has become a great concern for humanitarian organizations.

In response to the famine, several humanitarian organizations responded with life-saving interventions, including medical care and high-protein food supplements. At this event guests will have the opportunity to learn about these interventions with staff members from the International Rescue Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, and Islamic Relief USA. After the discussion, we invite guests to enjoy a home-cooked Somali meal, courtesy of NYU Wagner student Marian Haji-Mohamed. We will be asking for a dinner donation to support the ongoing efforts of the organizations, so please bring what you can afford to contribute.

12/05/2011 Jewish Values, Jewish Interests: Negotiating the Tension

Jewish Values, Jewish Interests: Negotiating the Tension

How should Jews and Jewish leaders relate to the larger society and broader world? Prof. Ruth Wisse (Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Harvard University) and Rabbi Joy Levitt (Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan) will discuss both real and putative tensions between expressing Jewish values and advancing Jewish interests. BJPA Director Prof. Steven M. Cohen will moderate.

This event celebrates the complete digital collection of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service on, and honors JJCS Managing Editor Gail Chalew for her 20+ years of service. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner.

12/05/2011 Guest Lecture Series: Beth Brooke

Beth Brooke
As Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Ernst & Young, Beth Brooke has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 140 countries and relations with regulators, policymakers and capital market stakeholders. She has been named as one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine for three years in a row, and the 2009 “Women of the Year” by Concern Worldwide. She serves on numerous boards and public policy advisory councils, is a Pathways Envoy for the U.S. State Department and is a member of the Audit Advisor Committee for the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission of the Status of Women.

12/02/2011 Spotlight on Burma: Screenings of "Happy World" and "From Burma to New York" and Discussion

Spotlight on Burma: Screenings of "Happy World" and "From Burma to New York" and Discussion

Join APASA and IPSA for a screening of "Happy World: Burma, the dictatorship of the absurd,” which exposes the senselessness of the military dictatorship in Burma by focusing on how its policies affect Burmese civilians. The 2009 film, directed by Gael Bordier and Tristan Mendes-France presents a fresh and original trip through Burma.

The film will be followed by a selection of short videos from the multimedia project “From Burma to New York,” spotlighting Burmese refugees’ arrival in New York, the challenges they encounter and the different paths they take.
Please join us for a great discussion with "From Burma to New York" directors Karen Zraick and Lam Thuy Vo, and Maureen Aung-Thwin, Director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative at the Open Society Foundations. Aung-Thwin is also on the Asia Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch and a trustee of the Burma Studies Foundations, which oversees the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University.

11/30/2011 Shifting School Lunch Policies

Shifting School Lunch Policies

co-sponsored by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association
and the Wagner Food Policy Alliance

·         Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

·         1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese

·         On average, children will eat 2,300 lunches in school cafeterias

·         Much of a student’s long term nutrition is determined by school district lunch offerings

·         Congress recently rejected the first changes recommended by the USDA in 15 years to the school lunch program


Please join us for a discussion of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, USDA school lunch priorities, and ideas on how to shift student demand.

Current Panelists:

Lisa Keise Miller, Revolution Foods, Regional Vice President New York/New Jersey.

Beth Dixon, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor and Director of the Public Health Nutrition concentration of the Community Public Health Program in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU

Ian Marvy, Executive Director, Added Value and Herban Solutions, Inc

11/30/2011 Opening Reception for "how ounces become tons" at the Gallery Space at Wagner

Opening Reception for "how ounces become tons" at the Gallery Space at Wagner

NYU Wagner, in partnership with NYU Steinhardt, is pleased to present "how ounces become tons," the second exhibition of the 2011-2012 season at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Ann Chwatsky and Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, this dynamic and intriguing exhibit features drawings and mixed-media works by studio artist Joseph Imhauser.

With "how ounces become tons," Imhauser presents us with a collection of intricately detailed drawings focusing on what he denominates as idiosyncratic patterns. The pieces seek to explore issues of origin, formation, and assimilation of pattern-based shapes, as well as their incursion into their immediate environment and our everyday lives.

Joseph Imhauser is an artist, musician, and community organizer. He graduated from CalArts in 2005 and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts at NYU Steinhardt (MFA 2012). His artworks, performances, and videos have been featured at numerous venues both locally and internationally.

11/29/2011 Global Perspectives of Road Safety: A conversation with public health expert Dr. Kelly J. Henning, Director of Public Health Programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies

Global Perspectives of Road Safety: A conversation with public health expert Dr. Kelly J. Henning, Director of Public Health Programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies

Presented by NYU's Rudin Center and the Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Affinity group

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Kelly Henning, Director of Public Health Programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, as she discusses road safety in a global perspective. Dr. Henning will talk about the current state of road safety in low- and middle income countries, and share information about the Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program.

With more than 20 years experience in epidemiology and public health, Dr. Henning was the Director of the newly formed Division of Epidemiology at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2003 - 2006 before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies in January 2007. Currently, Dr. Henning directs all public health programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, including the $375 million Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use -- a global project aimed at curbing the tobacco epidemic in low and middle income countries, and the $125 million Bloomberg Global Road Safety Program, a global project aimed at decreasing road traffic deaths and injuries, and improving mobility and road infrastructure in 10 low and middle income countries.

11/28/2011 Guest Lecture Series: E. Benjamin Skinner

E. Benjamin Skinner
E. Benjamin Skinner is an award-winning author and journalist, and a senior fellow at Brandeis University studying the U.S. and global political economies, specializing in modern-day slavery. In researching his book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery, which received numerous accolades including the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, he observed the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. He will share his experiences documenting modern slavery around the world, and discuss promising local and international efforts for ending it.

11/19/2011 Bridge Presents the Social Enterprise Bootcamp

Bridge Presents the Social Enterprise Bootcamp

Sponsored by Bridge: Students for Social Innovation, in collaboration with Columbia University's SIPA Net Impact Chapter, the School for Visual Arts, and the NYU Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association (LSEA)

The Social Enterprise Boot Camp is a series of participatory, practical workshops where current and aspiring social entrepreneurs will learn from pioneers in social enterprise how to sharpen the tools and build the relationships they need to get social ventures off the ground.

The Social Enterprise Boot Camp caters to entrepreneurs with a clear idea of what they want to build, as well as those who are still in the process of figuring out their venture ideas. Workshops are organized along four thematic tracks--Conceive, Implement, Communicate, Evaluate--that offer relevant content regardless of the stage of the venture.

For more information, please visit:

To attend, participants MUST register and pay using the following link:

Date: November 19-20, 2011

NYU Law; School of Visual Arts; Columbia University

NYU Students: $65
Non-students: $95
Speed Networking/Reception only: $25
*Please note: prices will increase as the date approaches

For more information, please visit:

11/17/2011 Sweet Developments: Fair Trade Chocolate in Ghana in the 21st Century

Sweet Developments: Fair Trade Chocolate in Ghana in the 21st Century

Join Divine Chocolate, the International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), Wagner Office of International Programs and the New York City Fair Trade Coalition in a presentation and discussion with members of the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative.

Ghana is the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and cocoa is its largest agricultural export. Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa farmers' cooperative founded in 1993 and now represents over 45,000 cocoa farmer households. It is the major fair trade farmers cooperative in cocoa and in 1998, Kuapa Kokoo, in partnership with other organizations, formed its own marketing organization, Divine Chocolate, which markets fair trade chocolate products worldwide. Established first in the UK, its subsidiary Divine Chocolate-USA was established in 2007, and the cooperative owns nearly half of the company . Since its founding, Kuapa Kokoo has enforced gender quotas for representation at all levels of governance. Its current president, Christiana Ohene-Agyare, was elected in 2010.

Fatima Ali, Sectretary of the National Executive Council of Kuapa Kokoo, and Felicia Mensah, Cocoa farmer and member of Kuapa Kokoo, will join NYU Wagner and present about their experiences.

Presentation from 6:00pm to 7:15pm, followed by a reception.

11/17/2011 The Greatest Grid: On Making and Remaking New York
The Greatest Grid: On Making and Remaking New York An Inaugural University Professorship Lecture presented by Hilary Ballon

NYU Provost David W. McLaughlin and NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall cordially invite you to attend an Inaugural University Professorship Lecture presented by Hilary Ballon, Deputy Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi and Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.   At the center of Hilary Ballon’s work as an architectural and urban historian are both a love of cities and a quest to understand the interaction of the built environment and city life.  The University Professorship Lecture draws from her current work: a book and exhibition entitled The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011, opening at the Museum of the City of New York on December 5. 

A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Registration is now closed for this event.  You must be registered to attend. 

11/16/2011 Concrete State of Mind: How Great Streets Can Make Us Happier and Healthier

Concrete State of Mind: How Great Streets Can Make Us Happier and Healthier

Presented by NYU's Rudin Center, Transportation Alternatives, the Urban Planning Student Association and the Wagner Transportation Association

It's obvious that when streets are built for walking and biking, it's easier for New Yorkers to be active. But did you know that streets designed for active transportation can also improve mental cognition and neighborhood social bonds? And how do designers reclaim iconic streets like Broadway in Times Square as places for people? Find out more over breakfast and a panel discussion with experts in health, transportation, and urban design.


Claire Fellman, Times Square Project Manager, Snohetta AS

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Professor, Columbia University

Andrew Mondschien, Research Scientist, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management

Moderator: Matt Seaton, Editor, The Guardian

11/15/2011 Beyond Borders and Detainment: Building Support for Immigrants’ Rights and Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Beyond Borders and Detainment: Building Support for Immigrants’ Rights and Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Presented by the Women of Color Policy Network.

Arizona’s SB 1070 law and the copycat bills that followed marked a significant turning point in the national call for comprehensive immigration reform. Though many anti-immigrant measures were ultimately unsuccessful, in large part due to successful advocacy campaigns and strategies led by and with immigrant communities, they made the need for action at the federal level more urgent and underscored the importance of building support for immigrants’ rights in the states.

As a result of the lack of federal comprehensive immigration reform and surge of anti-immigrant policies, the voter turnout in Latino communities in the 2012 elections is uncertain. Recent polls have shown that U.S. immigration policy is the most important issue to Latino voters, beating out even the economy and jobs. Though some states have taken up their own DREAM Acts – one aspect of reform that many immigration advocates are pushing – federal reform remains stalled in Congress and is likely to influence the political choices of Latino voters, especially in key battleground states.

Join leaders and supporters of the immigrants’ rights movement as they discuss the critical components of comprehensive immigration reform, address the prospects for reform leading up to and following the 2012 elections, and share opportunities for supporting positive immigration policies and advocacy strategies that strengthen and protect the economic security of immigrant women, their families, and communities.


• Kemi Bello, Dream Activist, Undocumented Students Action and Resource Network
• Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Co-Founder of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights
• Joanne Lin, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
• Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

• Suman Raghunathan, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Progressive States Network

11/14/2011 Engaging the Public: Interactives Designed for Social Impact

Engaging the Public: Interactives Designed for Social Impact

Presented by NYU Wagner, the Urban Planning Students Association, and the Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture

Join us for a panel presentation and discussion with team members from Local Projects, a New York-based media design firm for museums and public spaces.  Hear about their approach to designing for interactive programs and environments that engage individuals around social issues.  They will share about their designs for the Urbanology game at the BMW Guggenheim Lab, their Change By Us program for New York City, and other unique, civic-minded projects.

Speakers from Local Projects:
Ian Curry, Director of Interaction Design
Katie Lee, Art Director
Daniel Liss, Project Director 

11/11/2011 WEPSA & Education Pioneers Networking Reception

WEPSA & Education Pioneers Networking Reception

Please join WEPSA and Education Pioneers at a networking reception directly following the Careers in Education Panel. Take this opportunity to learn more about the Education Pioneers experience directly from alumni and staff, to network with others interested in education policy, and to talk with WEPSA board members about a variety of NYC education opportunities.

11/10/2011 Brademas Center: Symposium on the Humanities (Florence)