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11/15/2010 Equality for Whom? The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics

Sponsored by the Stonewall Policy Alliance, the NYU Wagner LGBTQ student organization

How do issues such as same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell come to the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality? Are these issues that will benefit the whole LGBTQ community? Who is at the table when it comes to setting legislative and policy priorities?

Equality for Whom: The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics will engage interested stakeholders from Wagner, the broader NYU community and the city at large through presentation of front line accounts from practitioners and academics.

David Mixner, Civil Rights Activist and Author
Darnell Moore, LGBTQ activist and member of Newark city’s LGBTQ advisory commission
Ross Levi, Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Nicole Mason, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network.

Sean Cahill, Managing Director of Public Policy, Research and Community Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis

11/15/2010 The Campaign for Women's Rights in Cambodia

Topic:    The campaign for women’s rights and against political corruption and oppression in Cambodia.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner keh331@nyu.edu

Speaker:  Mu Sochua, a member of the Cambodian Parliament and advocate for human rights, gained her freedom from the Khmer Rouge as a girl when her parents put her on a plane to Paris in 1972 . After 18 years of exile and a successful career in the U.S. as a social worker, Sochua returned to Cambodia and found her country transformed into what Time magazine called “a pervert’s paradise”, where women and girls were so devalued that becoming a sex worker was a common fate. As Cambodia’s first woman seated as Minister of Women’s Affairs, Sochua nego0tiated an agreement with Thailand allowing Cambodian women trafficked as sex workers there to return to their home country in lieu of being jailed. As the author and defender of the Domestic Violence Law in the Cambodian Parliament, Sochua has served the women of her nation as an unrelenting advocate for the preservation and full practice of women’s rights. She also launched a campaign to bring NGOs, law enforcement officials and rural women into a national dialogue and education program to help protect women and girls victimized by trafficking and to boost prevention efforts nationwide. In 2005, when Vital Voices honored Mu Sochua in Washington, D.C. for her efforts in combating child trafficking in her native Cambodia, she said her mind remained with the women and children of Cambodia and called for international attention to government corruption and human rights abuses in her government, conditions she says create a climate where traffickers flourish. Sochua continues to be steadfast in her call for action toward the formation of an authentically democratic Cambodia where women’s rights are revered as human rights.

11/10/2010 Japan's Trade and Economic Policy Outlook

A leading Japanese economic-policy government official, from the powerful agency JETRO, discusses Japan's trade policy in the context of larger economic development. Focus both on recent years and the outlook for coming years.

11/10/2010 How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Return to the Future: How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Dr. David B. Crist is a senior historian in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has written and lectured extensively on contemporary military history, and he has produced numerous classified and unclassified studies examining current military operations in the Middle East. Dr. Crist recently served as a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is currently working as a special advisor on the Iranian military for the commander of U.S. Central Command.

Dr. Crist is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has served tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq with Special Operations Forces.

He is currently completing a book for Penguin Press on the history of the U.S.-Iranian conflict, which is due out next fall.

11/08/2010 Debriefing the 2010 Midterm Elections: Implications for the next two years

Join us for a conversation on the 2010 midterm elections and what the results mean for the upcoming years.  Discussing the shifts in the political landscape will be deputy managing editor for the National Review, Kevin Williamson; former democratic strategist and NYU Wagner Senior Fellow, Bob Shrum; and Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, Paul Light.  The conversation will be moderated by Rogan Kersh, NYU Wagner Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

11/05/2010 Wagner Reception at APPAM for Faculty, Alumni & Friends

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

11/05/2010 Response and Resistance: Multiple Strategies Addressing State Violence against LGBTQ Youth

Presented by the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR), Alliance for Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS), and Wagner Intersectionality Studies is Essential (WISE)

This dynamic fishbowl-style presentation will examine the implications of systemic violence and discrimination against LGBTQ youth. This event will discuss multiple responses employed by various grassroots advocacy organizations, researchers, and other practitioners. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Karina Claudio, Make the Road, GLOBE Program
  • Chelsea Johnson-Long, Audre Lorde Project, Safe Outside the System
  • Jared Ringer, LCSW, Anti-Violence Project
  • Andrea Ritchie, Urban Justice Center

Moderated by Dr. Jo Rees, Adjunct Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work and Smith College

Discussion questions include:

  • What are the forces of systemic violence, structural racism, and unique inequities that impact LGBTQ youth?
  • What are the modes of resistance that the LGBTQ community and their allies utilize to combat these injustices?
  • How can policy makers and service providers support these modes of resistance?
11/05/2010 The Politics of Settlements in Israel-Palestine

NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association (IPSA) presents the Politics of Settlements, a panel discussion to generate greater understanding of the realities and complexities of the settlement issue in Israel-Palestine, and its impact on the peace process.

Featuring  three speakers with varied perspectives and expertise on the settlement issue, the event claims only to shed some light on this controversial topic. The goal is to allow Wagner students to be exposed to some of the facts, beliefs and histories that have shaped the settlement issue, raising awareness of its complexities and fostering greater opportunities for dialogue.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Uri Zaki, U.S. Director
B'tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

For more information contact Aquene Freechild, aquene@nyu.edu.

11/05/2010 Poverty Discussion Group

The Wagner Policy Alliance is pleased to present the new student-led Poverty Discussion Group. The group will bring together students who are interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions the first Friday of every month.

The second meeting of the group will discuss topics in affordable housing with guest speaker Sarah Gerecke, Executive Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Ms. Gerecke will present the topics of place-based investments vs. people-based investments in low-income residents and housing. Before working for the Furman Center, Ms. Gerecke was head of the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of NYC from 2001-2009, and previous to that worked at various positions in New York City government including for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Please join us for the discussion.

11/04/2010 Conducting Research and Policy Analysis in Afghanistan: Overcoming the Challenges

Research and evaluation have always played a key role in informing policy choices around the world, but how does this important work continue in a conflict zone? Please join IPSA for a conversation with Dr. Pierre Fallavier and his colleagues from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit to discuss the challenges and impacts of policy research in Afghanistan. In preparation for the political transition in the country, AREU has focused much of its work on analyzing political participation, governance, corruption, and peace and reintegration. The AREU team will present the findings of some this research and facilitate a conversation with students and other guests on challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for research.

11/04/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: HUD Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrion

Featuring HUD Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión

Increasing efforts to "break down silos" that separate traditional government agencies and growing support for the concept of livability have together drawn attention to the links between the fields of housing and transportation, among other cross-agency connections. This installment of the the Thinking and Doing Series will focus on this intersection.

Adolfo Carrión is the Administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Region II, which serves New York and New Jersey. Previously Mr. Carrión served as the first White House Director of Urban Affairs and was elected to two terms as Bronx Borough President.

11/03/2010 Security before Democracy: Lessons from the US-Egypt Relationship

Security before Democracy: Lessons from the US-Egypt Relationship

Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on Middle East politics, authoritarianism, and US foreign policy. His book Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. Professor Brownlee's writings have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and his article "Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies" was recognized in Best Article of 2007 by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association. He has recently begun working on a second book, about US-Egyptian relations since 1977. Research for that project is being supported by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Fulbrigh Foundation.

11/03/2010 IPSA/APASA Film Screening: Hiding- North Korean Refugees

The International Public Service Assiciation and Asian Pacific American Student Alliance present:-

“Hiding,” a 30-minute documentary highlighting what life in hiding is really like and the risks North Koreans must take to find freedom, follows a rescue mission conducted by LiNK, or Liberty in North Korea, a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides emergency relieve to North Korean refugees.

While the world focuses on North Korea’s security issue, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans continue to be enslaved in prison camps. Up to 300,000 have also escaped to China – seeking food, medicine, work, or freedom from political and religious oppression. Among the 300,000, 70 to 90 percent of North Korean women are trafficked and sold into the sex trade, and more and more refugees are fleeing to Southeast Asia to escape imprisonment upon repatriation by China.

"Hiding" is a film produced by LINK (Liberty in North Korea) about a group of North Korean refugees hiding in China today, and exposes their struggles to survive.

LINK is working to redefine the North Korea crisis through creative storytelling, while providing emergency relief to North Korean refugees and pursuing an end to the human rights crisis. Through LiNK's networks, these refugees can be helped and given new lives.

The film screening will include a Q & A with LiNK's representatives. Check out the trailer: http://www.linkglobal.org/hiding/

11/02/2010 Carrying the Load: The Impact of Child Care Subsidy Policies on the Economic Security of women of color

Access to safe, reliable, quality child care is out of reach for many working and low-income families with young children. Despite support from states, many families still pay substantial out-of-pocket costs for quality care. In Illinois, for example, subsidized families with a 4-year old in center-based care were responsible for paying $4,911 - nearly twenty percent of the household income for Black and Latino single mothers.

In a tough economy, single women mothers and families will need increased support to secure and maintain employment or attend and complete education programs. Although quality child care is a critical support for working parents, it remains unaffordable for many families in America, particularly for low-income single mothers and communities of color. In 2009, child care costs in six states accounted for at least half of the national household income for Black and Latino single mothers.

This panel with leading experts will examine the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on subsidy funding and availability, highlight the importance of child care subsidies for working, low-income communities, and strategize policy solutions to enhance child care subsidy experiences for women of color and their families.

Gina Adams, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
J. Lee Kreader, PhD, Director of Research Connections, National Center for Children in Poverty
Benita Miller, Executive Director, Brooklyn Young Mother’s Collective
Chanelle Pearson, Research Associate, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

Hannah Matthews, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP, Moderator

11/01/2010 Education and Inequity in China

Presented by Wagner international Students Society.

The Seminar on Education and Inequity in China aims to introduce China Education Initiative’s innovative model to address the global educational inequity and discuss the challenges of starting a nonprofit organization in developing countries.

About the Organization:-

The China Education Initiative (CEI) is an innovative non-profit organization taking a unique approach to eliminating educational inequity in China. It addresses the pressing need for human resources in China's low-income rural schools while laying the foundation for systemic change.

CEI is the first and only organization to pair outstanding graduates from top universities in the US and China in a long-term service initiative to teach core curriculum courses in local Chinese schools. Placed in four-person cross-cultural teams (2 Americans + 2 Chinese) at their host schools, CEI’s Fellows share profound, enduring experiences that will shape the long-term trajectory of US-China relations, and ultimately produce shared solutions to yet unsolved problems in the educational sector.

10/29/2010 APASA: Examining the Politics of Southeast Asia

Guest speakers:

David Merrill, President of the U.S. – Indonesia Society (USINDO)

Professor David Denoon, Professor of Politics and Economics at New York University and Director of the NYU Center on U.S.-China Relations

Democracy has had a mixed record in South East. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, is considered to be a beacon of democratic transformation in the region despite serious obstacles along this path. Meanwhile, Thailand and the Philippines, which were once heralded as icons for successful democracies, have disintegrated into political crisis. In the rest of South East Asia, there is a wide range of political systems, including emerging democracies, authoritarian regimes, Leninist states, and right-wing totalitarian regimes.

This panel will bring together two leading experts on South East Asia and democracy to discuss critical questions facing the region. What is the meaning of democracy in South East Asia? Does a Southeast Asian “model” of democracy exist? Does Islamist terrorism affect prospects for democracy in South East Asia? How do democratic and non-democratic regimes in the region differ in their international relations approaches and interactions with regional superpowers like China? In addition, what is the countries’ perspective on the American democracy? What do these developments mean for US foreign policy in Asia?

More information is available here.

Sponsored by the Asian American Pacific Students Alliance

Outreach Sponsor: Asia Society

10/28/2010 International Organizations and Intra-National Crisis: Constraints on Response

International Organizations and Intra-National Crisis: Constraints on Response

Tressa Finerty, political advisor, U.S. Mission to the UN; adjunct instructor, Center for Global Affairs

The 20th-Century creation of international organizations, most notably the United Nations, was an effort by the international community to establish mechanisms in response to trans-national conflict. These systems, however, are poorly suited to conflicts that are primarily intra-national in nature, and as these conflicts grow, international organizations are struggling to formulate effective responses. This discussion focuses on a recent case study that demonstrates the limits of international organizations' responses.

10/27/2010 Afghanistan: Prospects for Success

Afghanistan: Prospects for Success

Max Boot is one of America’s leading military historians and foreign-policy analysts. The Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, he is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications.

He is now writing Invisible Armies, a history of guerrilla warfare and terrorism. His last book, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (Gotham Books, 2006), has been hailed as a “magisterial survey of technology and war” by the New York Times, “brilliantly crafted history” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a book for both the general reader and reading generals” by the New York Post.

Boot is a frequent public speaker and guest on radio and television news programs, both at home and abroad. He has lectured on behalf of the U.S. State Department and at many military institutions, including the Army, Navy, and Air War Colleges, the Australian Defense College, the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School, the Army Command and General Staff College, Marine Corps University, West Point, and the Naval Academy.

10/26/2010 [Cancelled] St. Vincent's: What Went Wrong?

A message from Wagner Health Network:

EVENT CANCELLATION - 10/26/2010 - St. Vincent's: What Went Wrong?

 Due to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings following the closure of St Vincent's this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in Spring 2011.

10/25/2010 The Impact of National Involvement on Local Education Policy

Presented by NYU Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA), NYU Stern’s Social Enterprise Association (SEA), and NYU Law School’s EdLaw.

A panel discussion featuring education historian Diane Ravitch and Shael Polakow-Suransky, Deputy Chancellor for Performance and Accountability for the New York City Department of Education, Charles Barone, Democrats for Education Reform Director of Federal Policy , and Evan Stone founder of Educators 4 Excellence .

The discussion will explore the role of federal policy in school governance and whether the federal government can effectively create positive change in the education reform movement. This panel will present a broad spectrum of perspectives reflective of the diversity of opinions in the field on topics such as Race to the Top, standardized testing, charter schools, and teacher evaluations.

10/25/2010 Boxed In: How Intermodalism Enabled Destructive Interport Competition

In this session of the New Thinking in Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series, Columbia doctoral candidate Cuz Potter will discuss his dissertation research, which examines how developing technology and changing political contexts have influenced the location of intermodal transportation facilities and what this means for economic development efforts in general.

10/22/2010 Rhetoric v. Reality: Supporting the Fight for Muslim Women's Rights in Afghanistan and Europe

Presented by The Wagner Women's Caucus (WWC) and the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

The oppression of Muslim women is most vividly represented in Western media by the headscarf and burqua. Through these articles of clothing, which are in fact from pre-Islamic origins, Muslim women are viewed as invisible, secluded, and persecuted, in contrast to Western women who are represented as free and liberated. This fetishization of Muslim women has been used to evoke fear in Europe and the US, where governments use the veil to legitimate domestic and foreign policy agendas. More importantly, the rhetoric used to portray Muslim women obscures valid human rights concerns that receive little to no attention.

This panel will bring together three leading women’s rights experts to discuss critical questions facing Muslim women and their rights. Why has the headscarf generated so much controversy? Where is the voice of the Muslim women who choose to cover and find it empowering? How has the rhetoric surrounding Muslim women been used to justify national and foreign policy agendas for Western nations? How can Muslim women be integrated into Western society? What are the biggest human rights issues that Muslim women face, both in the West and in Muslim-majority countries? After the panelists present there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

Speakers for this event:

John Gershman  (Moderator)
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service, Associate Director of NYU's Global MPH Program, and Director of Undergraduate Programs at Wagner.

Sunita Viswanath (formerly Mehta)
Co-founder and board member, Women for Afghan Women; editor, Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future (Palgrave/St. Martins Press, October 2002); board member, Women in Media and News.

Anushay Hossain
Founder and blogger, Anushay’s Point blog; blogger, The Huffington Post; part of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Nobel Peace Prize nominated Campaign For Afghan Women; writer, Feministing, Ms. Magazine Blog, and NPR (National Public Radio).

Sylvia Maier
Adjunct Instructor, Center for Global Affairs; Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters, including "Honor Killings and the Cultural Defense in Germany," "Shared Values: Democracy and Human Rights in the European Neighborhood Policy," and "Empowering Women Through ICT-Based Business Initiatives: An Overview of Best Practices in E-Commerce/E-Retail Projects."

10/21/2010 Violence and Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

Violence and Democracy in Contemporary Latin America

Featuring Deborah J. Yashar, Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Princeton University

Latin America today is among the most violent regions in the world. While most countries in the region transitioned from military rule in the 1970s and 1980s, homicide rates in the new civilian era are still extraordinarily high and pose serious challenges for practicing and defending democratic citizenship —particularly in Mexico, Central America, the Andes, and Brazil.

Yashar will discuss why and where violence has surged in the contemporary period. Drawing on her ongoing research, she will highlight the impact of changing patterns in the international political economy (particularly drugs), state capacity, and organizational competition.

10/20/2010 The Iranian Nuclear Bomb: Implications and Challenges for the United States

The Iranian Nuclear Bomb: Implications and Challenges for the United States

Michael Eisenstadt is a senior fellow and director of the Military and Security Studies program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has written numerous articles about Iran's nuclear program, Iraq, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In his capacity as a U.S. Army reservist has served in Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.

10/20/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: MTA Chairman Jay Walder and Professor Mitchell Moss

Featuring MTA Chairman Jay Walder and Professor Mitchell Moss

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority currently faces tremendous financial challenges with a growing ridership and ambitious capital plans. Professor Moss will sit down with MTA Chariman and CEO Jay Walder to discuss how the agency is managing it's current fiscal shortfalls while working toward a vision of improved service and the implementation of cutting edge technology for the future.


Jay H. Walder was nominated by Governor David A. Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate on September 10, 2009 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, the largest transit agency in the United States. Chairman Walder has extensive experience in the public transportation business. He began his career in 1983 where he worked for the MTA, heading its capital program budget office. He most recently served as the managing director for finance and development at Transport for London (TfL), and is credited with the introduction of the system's extremely successful and popular "Oyster card."

Mitchell L. Moss is Director of the Rudin Center and the Henry Hart Rice Professor Urban Policy and Planning at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He served as Director of NYU's Taub Urban Research Center from 1987 to 2003. Professor Moss has been on the faculty of NYU since 1973 and served as Chairman of The Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts from 1981-83. He was voted "Best Teacher of the Year" by Wagner School students in 2002.