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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.

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.

09/26/2011 Do You Get What You Pay For? Financial Incentives in Public Policy

Do You Get What You Pay For? Financial Incentives in Public Policy

Presented by MDRC, Center for an Urban Future, NYU Wagner, and NYU Wagner's Economic and Finance Association

Join us for a half-day forum to present the latest innovations in the use of financial incentives in social and health policy, much of it being pioneered right here in New York City. We will take lessons learned from local examples and elsewhere and assess their applicability to policymakers at the city and state level, with a particular emphasis on providing new ideas to the relatively new gubernatorial administrations in New York, New Jersey and Conneticut. We will assess what has been learned about incentives over the past decades of wide experimentation and propose concrete reform ideas for the next generation of policy development — within the context of the “new normal” of budgetary constraints.

Keynote Speakers:
Welcome: Ellen Schall, Dean, NYU Wagner School
Overview: Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC
Moderator: Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future

Panel 1: Can Incentives Alleviate Poverty?
Richard Buery, President and CEO, Children’s Aid Society
James Riccio, Director, MDRC’s Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area
Dan Rosenbaum, Senior Economist, federal Office of Management and Budget
Veronica White, Executive Director, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity
Tina Rosenberg, New York Times, moderator

Panel 2: Can Incentives Make People Healthy? 
Joann Casado, Executive Director, The Bronx Health Link
Brian Elbel, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, NYU School of Medicine
Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor, Urban Public Health, Hunter College
Kevin Volpp, Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management, Director of the Center for Health Incentives, University of Pennsylvania
Ben Barnes (Wagner MUP '93), Secretary of the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, moderator

09/22/2011 Humanitarian Emergencies: The Role of the Media

Humanitarian Emergencies: The Role of the Media

Co-sponsored by the Overseas Press Club and the New York Women's Initiative for CARE

NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs presents a panel discussion on the role of various forms of media in framing and reporting on humanitarian disasters and humanitarian emergencies.


  • Hina Chaudhry, MD, associate professor of Medicine at Mt Sinai;
  • Allan Dodds Frank, investigative reporter and former Overseas Press Club president, founder of OPC Global Parachute, a new social networking site for foreign correspondents;
  • Sam Gregory, program director, Witness, co-author of Cameras Everywhere 2011 Report;
  • Cath Turner, reporter and producer, Al Jazeera English.


  • Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, The Wall Street Journal
09/22/2011 “Community-based Schools in Afghanistan: Preventing Violence Against Education and Protecting the Right to Learn”r

“Community-based Schools in Afghanistan: Preventing Violence Against Education and Protecting the Right to Learn”
Dana Burde, assistant professor of international education at NYU Steinhardt; affiliated faculty, NYU Wagner; affiliated research scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University

09/20/2011 "Fixing the Great Mistake": Mark Gorton explores the effect of automobile policies in New York City
“Fixing the Great Mistake”:  Mark Gorton explores the effect of automobile policies in New York City  

Join the Rudin Center for a discussion with OpenPlans and New York City Streets Renaissance founder Mark Gorton as he examines and questions the role of the automobile in New York City. 

For more than 100 years New York City government policy has prioritized the needs of the automobile over the needs of any other mode of transport. Working under the faulty assumption that more car traffic would improve business, planners and engineers have systematically made the City's streets more dangerous and less vibrant places. 

As a cyclist, pedestrian, neighbor, and parent, Gorton will question why we have allowed automobiles to transform our streets from dynamic places full of play, human interaction, and commerce, into dangerous, stress-inducing thoroughfares. He will outline and refute the key myths about cars in the city, offer a vision of life in New York City after a comprehensive adoption of livable streets principles, and discuss how technology can empower citizens in the planning process.  


09/19/2011 Fields of Engagement: Debating Key Questions of Research and Jewish Education

Fields of Engagement: Debating Key Questions of Research and Jewish Education

Who and what is driving the Jewish education agenda? How has research in Jewish education contributed to the development of contemporary Jewish life? How can research connect to new ideas and new technologies?

Dr. Lisa Grant and Dr. Alex Pomson will address these and other questions at this symposium celebrating the publication of the International Handbook of Jewish Education.

Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner will moderate.

Light refreshments will be served.

09/16/2011 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 4 - 14, and the NYU MPH program's course abroad, Global Health Services Research, also running January 4 - 14 in Salvador at UFBA.

In the "Questions for Speaker" field below, please note the course(s) in which you are interested.

To read more about both courses in advance of this info session, visit: and

09/15/2011 “The Use of Intelligence in Terrorist Prosecutions”

“The Use of Intelligence in Terrorist Prosecutions”
Dr. David Scharia, Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, United Nations Security Council

09/15/2011 Brademas Center: Schwartz Lecture on Congress - A Dialogue on Religious Freedom (Washington, DC)


09/13/2011 Islam in America: The Next 10 Years

Islam in America: The Next 10 Years

Irshad Manji in conversation with John Avlon


Join Irshad Manji, Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner, and John Avlon, Senior Columnist for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, as they examine how a new generation, both Muslim and non-Muslim, can re-shape post-9/11 America.  


In her new book, Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path to reconciling faith and freedom — and she does so by showing us all how to develop "moral courage," the willingness to speak up when everyone else wants to shut you up. John Avlon, a leading voice of young independents, is a CNN contributor. In his book, Wingnuts, Avlon illustrates how "the lunatic fringe" is hijacking America.

Followed by book signing and reception.   

09/13/2011 Reborn: 9/11 Gallery Exhibition

Reborn: 9/11 Gallery Exhibition

Human consciousness is finite. Each of us lives for only a passing moment. Perhaps this ephemerality, obvious in the wake of 9/11, compels us to search for the meaning of our existence. For this exhibit, “Reborn,” each artist has been asked to exhibit work that is their memory/reaction. The artists are a community, a diverse and interesting group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate artists from the Art and Art Professions Department of the Steinhardt School.

The Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Steinhardt School have gotten to know each other through the vehicle of art. Cutting across traditional lines is what often brings people together.

07/07/2011 Opening Reception: "Position of Conflict" - Gallery Space at Wagner

The Gallery Space at Wagner is pleased to announce the opening of "Position of Conflict," our fifth and closing exhibition of the 2010-2011 season. Curated by Drew McKenzie, in association with Ann Chwatsky and Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, this dynamic group exhibit is a collaborative project between the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the College of Arts and Science at New York University. It features mixed-media works by nine emerging New York City artists: Jonathan Donaldson, Nick Etre, Graham Hamilton, Seth Hamlin, Alex LaLiberte, Drew G. McKenzie, Carolyn Park, Ken Q. Volk IV, and Jordan Walczak.

With boldness and a distinctive flair for the experimental, the artists contributing to "Position of Conflict" resort to an eclectic array of traditional and unconventional materials to create pieces that explore the notion of duality and opposition and the ever-shifting relationship between artist and the institutions that frame and display art. Painting, drawing, sculptural installation, collage, and audio and video recording are among the mediums selected to explore such intriguing dichotomies as private/public, classical/contemporary, process/product, female/male, and artist/curator.

06/14/2011 Alternative Fuel Vehicles Technologies & Infrastructure - Bringing innovation to our streets

The Rudin Center for Transportation invites you to its upcoming conference, "Alternative Fuel Vehicles Technologies & Infrastructure - Bringing innovation to our streets," that will be held on June 14, 2011 at the NYU Kimmel Center. With the transportation sector as one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, there is increased public interest in finding cleaner mobility options, including the use of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) technologies.

Co-sponsored by Con Edison, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Energy and Research Authority, this event seeks to contribute to the public’s understanding of AFV current technologies and innovations, by analyzing their strengths, limitations and the required infrastructure for their broad deployment. Speakers will discuss market conditions and current challenges in promoting these new technologies, including infrastructure investments. The closing panel will discuss policies and strategies that foster the broad deployment of AFV technologies in the United States.

For further information email

05/26/2011 Wagner Alumni Happy Hour

Join Wagner Alumni for Happy Hour at Sweet and Vicious Bar located at 5 Spring Street (b/w Bowery & Elizabeth).

Enjoy opportunity for conversation & networking in the great outdoor space.

05/25/2011 GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] Design speaker series and exhibition
05/10/2011 2011 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.

Reception to follow - 6.30 to 7.30pm 

05/06/2011 American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter Student Presentations

Select teams of urban planning graduate students from Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, Pratt, and Rutgers will present the exciting studio projects they have completed this year. A jury of professionals from the private, government, and nonprofit sectors will be on-hand to offer insight on the students' work.

Light refreshments will be served.

05/06/2011 IPSA Food Fest

A fun international food potluck and party to bring together all Wagner students with international interests. Bring your favorite food from your own country, the country of your ancestors, or a place you've visited. To be preceded by Faculty Student Trivia.

05/06/2011 Latino Urbanism: A Conversation with Professor Clara Irazábal

The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) at NYU Wagner present a lively conversation with Urban and International Planning Professor Clara Irazábal from Columbia University, as we open a dialogue about ethnic placemaking, how the next population majorities will shape the urban fabric in the US, and the role of politics of culture in urban planning. The Event will provide a space for participants to discuss the importance of place-making to the urban planning profession, with examples from Latin America and the Caribbean. Followed by a special musical performance by NYU student and Quatrista Mario Cancel.

**Refreshments will be provided**

About the Speaker:
Clara Irazábal, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and has two Masters in Architecture and Urban Design and Planning from the UC Berkeley and the Universidad Central de Venezuela, respectively. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and the US; and has lectured in many other countries.

Irazábal situates her scholarship at the intersection of planning and urban design as fields of practice, and urban/cultural and Latino/Latin American studies as a mode of inquiry. Her work is concerned with exploring the politics of cultures and the cultures of politics of urban design and planning processes and practices, often in comparative terms. Thus, she explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking. Irazábal is especially interested in uncovering the dialectic tensions among issues of power, knowledge, and subjectivities as they relate to space: the cultural politics of placemaking. She primarily focuses on Latin American cities and Latino communities in the US.

05/03/2011 WOCPN Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception

The Women of Color Policy Network presents the Wagner Women of Color Students and Friends End of the Year Reception.

Join Dean Ellen Schall (NYU Wagner), faculty, students, alumni and the staff of the Women of Color Policy Network to celebrate the end of the year and congratulate Wagner’s 2011 women of color graduates.

The cost is free for Wagner students. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28th.

Founded in 2000 by Walter Stafford as part of the Roundtable of Institutions of People of Color, the Women of Color Policy Network, an affiliate of the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, is the country’s only research and policy institute focusing on women of color, their families and communities at a nationally ranked top ten public policy school. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data on women of color that is used to inform public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels. The Network also serves as a hub for women of color scholars, leaders and practitioners.

For more information about the Network, please visit:

05/03/2011 Mobilizing Unpaid Village Volunteers to Fix Primary Education in India: Experiences from Pratham

Wagner's Office of International Programs and the International Public Service Association are pleased to host Shayak Banerjee from Pratham. This organization works in 258 out of the 626 districts in India, primarily using unpaid volunteers from local communities but also Government teachers in bringing about a large scale improvement in learning levels of primary school going children in India.

How does Pratham manage to run a program at such a large scale but at a low cost? How does it ensure quality of delivery at such as large scale? How has Pratham succeeded in generating 62,000 volunteers in a country in which many believe the so-called “spirit of volunteerism” does not exist. And how does Pratham attempt to get communities, many of whose members are illiterate or barely literate, involved in education? Shayak Banerjee, head of the Program Review and Management Unit at Pratham will describe Pratham’s approach and model and attempt to answer some of the questions posed above, drawing from his experiences of having observed and reviewed Pratham programs across India.

05/03/2011 Brown Bag Lunch with the Director of Public Events for the Queens Museum of Art

Interested in how arts and cultural institutions are innovating the ways they engage with their communities and contributing to community development initiatives? 

Prerana Reddy from the Queens Museum of Art helped spearhead a unique model of museum-community relations and has used the experience to develop further leadership and career opportunities inside and outside of the museum.  Join us for an informal brown bag lunch to learn more about the cutting edge programs and opportunities in this growing field of arts and social change.  Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City for the past six years, where she organizes screenings, talks, festivals, performances, and new commissions and residencies, a third of which are developed in collaboration with diverse local community organizations and cultural producers. She is also in charge of the museum's community engagement initiatives which combine arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis. Currently she is overseeing Corona Studio, a series of long-term socially-enagaged artist residencies in the neighborhood where the Musuem is located, which will act as case-studies for the development of a social practice concentration for the MFA program at Queens College.

05/02/2011 Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

The Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) invites you to: Geopolitics, Global Markets, and Your Career

Join three veterans of international finance for an off-the-record, free-wheeling discussion of geopolitics, the global marketplace, and U.S. power. After taking an unflinching look at the current state of the world economy, they’ll offer invaluable advice on building a successful career that allows you to pursue your policy interests at a high level.

Panelists include:

Joseph Glatt: General Counsel for Apollo Capital Markets

Roy J. Katzovicz: Partner, Investment Team Member and Chief Legal Officer of Pershing Square Capital Management

Daniel Leger: Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Geosphere Capital Management, LLC

Look forward to seeing you there!

05/02/2011 Wagner Review Print and Website Launch and Ideas Exchange

Please join The Wagner Review as we celebrate the launch of Volume XVIII and our new online journal ( at our first ever Ideas Exchange. The Ideas Exchange is a forum for published authors and NYU Wagner community members to propose and discuss new public service solutions.

Our Ideas Exchange and Launch will be held on Monday, May 2 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. In addition to the Ideas Exchange, we will unveil this year's print journal and the online journal; recognize and thank authors, staff, and supporters; and provide time for networking. We will provide light refreshments.

The work in Volume XVIII re-envisions the public sector. It includes a special section on social policy; empirical studies on U.S. agricultural and income support policies; explorations of invisible and inconspicuous infrastructure; implementation of policies in urban governments in NYC and beyond; and political development in North Africa.

Volume XVIII and the online journal include the work of the following authors, all students and alumnae/i representing the range of research conducted at NYU Wagner:

Zayne Abdessalam, Fernando Henao, and Shana Wright
Douglas Coulter
Allison Curreri, Megan Turek, and Samantha Wright
Timothy Farrell
Alexander Habib
Felicity Loome
Brianne Lute
David Colby Reed
Amalea Smirniotopoulos
Elizabeth Wolff, M.D.; Kristin Van Busum; Rebecca DiBennardo; Blanca Esquivel; and Alissa Vladimir
Alexander J. Wolk
Michelle R. Wong

Invited presenters will be announced soon!