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10/16/2009 Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration

Presented by Wagner International Students Society (WISS) in association with Wagner Student Alliance For Africa (WSAFA)

The Stand-Up Against Poverty Campaign and United Nations Day Celebration at NYU Wagner will join the millions of people around the world that mobilize each year to demand the end of poverty. Last year, a record breaking 116 million people stood up and took action to end poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  Through this movement, the UN has set and broken the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization around a single cause in recorded history.

Wagner students and faculty will Stand Up and join the 2009 record-breaking numbers in support of the United Nations and the end of poverty. Photos and interviews will be taken to document the occasion, and they will be sent to the UN for displaying alongside other campaigns around the world.

Make NYU Wagner count! Join the growing movement and Stand with us!

http://standagainstpoverty.org/
http://www.endpoverty2015.org/

 

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10/16/2009 Setting the Agenda: the Impact of Women in Public Service

Presented by the Wagner Women's Caucus Student Organization

Co-Sponsored by: The Women of Color Policy Network, The International Public Service Association, The Urban Planning Student Association, and the Global Health Alliance

This year’s signature fall event will facilitate a conversation about the importance of recognizing gender differences in the field of public service and the unique perspectives and experiences women leaders bring to the field of non-profit and government work. The event will take place at NYU Wagner’s Puck Building on Friday, October 16th, 2009, and will begin with a keynote address from Marie Wilson, Founder and President of The White House Project. Ms. Wilson will discuss the importance of encouraging women to take on leadership positions in the public sector. A coffee and networking break will follow the keynote address.

There will then be a panel discussion moderated by Nicole Mason, Executive Director of NYU Wagner’s Women of Color Policy Network. The panel will feature Khushbu Srivastava, Program Officer, Asia, for the International Women’s Health Coalition, Cheryl Huber, Research and Planning Director of New Yorkers for Parks and Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Coordinator for the National Council for Research on Women. Each panelist will address the importance of focusing on women in particular when discussing issues relevant to their particular field, as well as the unique perspective women bring to that field. After the panel, the WWC will host a small reception.

Event Schedule:

1:00-2:15      Keynote Address

2:15-2:45      Break

2:45-4:15      Panel

4:15-5           Cocktail Reception

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10/15/2009 A Look at Education and Economic Development: Conversations with NYC Mayoral Candidates

Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance Student Group

In line with the Wagner Policy Alliance’s 2009 –2010 theme, “Poverty in the United States: A Plurality of Perspectives”, the WPA will provide the 2009 NYC Mayoral candidates with an opportunity to express their views and proposed policies concerning the poor.

The purpose of this mayoral candidate panel is to create a forum for discussion regarding city policies that directly impact the lives of poor New Yorkers.  Too often, election agendas are remiss of any mention about communities living in poverty. 

The two broad issues covered by the dialogue are education and economic development (e.g. - asset building, wealth creation, and financial empowerment).  Questions about these two issues will be taken from the Wagner community a week before the event, which will be then presented by the faculty moderator to the candidates.  The goal is not to engage in debates, but rather to foster a discussion among the candidates. Therefore, the candidates will be encouraged respond to one another in a civil manner.

Confirmed:
Joseph Dobrian, Libertarian Party
Rev. Billy Talen, Green Party
Ms. Frances Villar, Socialist Libertarian Party

New addition:

Jimmy McMillan, Rent is Too Damn High Party

Invited:
Bill Thompson, Democratic Party
Michael Bloomberg, Independent Party

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10/15/2009 Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development


Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counsellor for the World Bank Group

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10/13/2009 Students at Risk: Nutrition, Obesity and the Public School System

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group

Obesity is one of the most pressing public health concerns facing our nation, and it is plaguing the younger generation at a threatening rate. Are schools enabling this trend? How can nutrition policy be better integrated with education policy? What role can we play as community activists, parents, policymakers, urban planners and taxpayers in helping to curb this epidemic?

Please help us answer some of these questions. Join us for a night of lively discussion with a panel of experts who have committed their lives to children's nutrition and the fight against childhood obesity.

Panelists:
Nancy Huehnergarth, Director, New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance (NYSHEPA)

Kathryn Henderson, PhD, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Yale's Rudd Center

Dr. Susan Rubin, Founder, Better School Food and "Two Angry Moms"

Chef Collazo, Head Chef of the Department of Education in New York City

Moderator:
Rogan Kersh, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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10/09/2009 Screening of the Documentary La Americana with Director Nick Bruckman

CineALAS: Where Film Meets Public Service

Presented by The Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students Student Group

In association with the Latino Law Students Association, the Women of Color Policy Network, the Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Wagner Women’s Caucus, and the Wagner International Student Society

La Americana is an intimate documentary following an undocumented immigrant's journey from Bolivia to New York City and back, as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter.  Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis and policy implications in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue. 

After the screening, Director Nick Bruckman will be present to host a Q&A about the film.

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10/08/2009 Leveraging Resources to Promote Justice in Urban Environments

Co-sponsored by the Students for Criminal Justice Reform Wagner student group and the Black Allied Law Students Association

Join us for a conversation on justice in urban environments with
 
Cory Booker
Mayor, City of Newark, New Jersey

and

Ellen Schall
Dean, NYU Wagner, and
former Commissioner of New York City Department of Juvenile Justice

Conversation from 6:30 -7:30; reception to follow.

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10/08/2009 Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development


Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development

Dale Buscher, Director of Protection at the Women’s Refugee Commission

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10/07/2009 The Problems Facing the System: Part 1


The Problems Facing the Health Care System

In the first part of the series, Professor John Billings will describe the underlying causes of the problems that face our current health care system.

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10/07/2009 Community Organizing Basics: A Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

Thank you for your interest in the Community Organizing Basics learning session.

The session is currently filled to capacity, and we are no longer accepting RSVPs online.

To be placed on the event waiting list, please email Emily.matos@nyu.edu by September 28, 2009. Be sure to include your name, organization, title and contact information. We look forward to your attendance at future RCLA and Social Change Leadership Network events.

For upcoming learning sessions, please visit http://wagner.nyu.edu/leadership/SocialChange.php

Thank you.

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10/06/2009 Scaling Up Microfinance in Africa: Lessons from BRAC Uganda

The New York University Microfinance Initiative (NYUMI) and the
Wagner International Public Service Association (IPSA) present:

Mr. Arif Islam
Country Head of BRAC Uganda
Scaling up microfinance in Africa - Learning from What Works:
The Story of how BRAC grew to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in Uganda in less than three years

Join Mr. Arif Islam, the Country Head of BRAC Uganda, for an intimate discussion on the scaling up of microfinance in Africa.  Mr. Islam played a critical role in establishing BRAC as one of the largest microfinance institutions in Uganda in just three years.  In New York for only a week, Mr. Islam has graciously offered to give the Wagner community a unique perspective into the evolution of BRAC Uganda.
Please join us for an engaging discussion and reception following the presentation.

Mr. Arif Islam is the Country Head of BRAC Uganda.  Mr. Islam has played an instrumental role in launching BRAC Uganda in November 2005, and growing it to become one of the largest microfinance institutions in the country, in that time. BRAC Uganda has disbursed $35 million in loans to more than 90,000 borrowers through its network of 85 branch offices. It has also scaled up health, agriculture, adolescent development and education programs.  Under Mr. Islam's visionary leadership, BRAC has emerged as the largest non-profit in the country, employing more than 1,500 people and touching the lives of more than half a million poor people in Uganda.  

Mr. Islam joined BRAC in 1983 as a Program Organizer, and has since served as Regional Manager, Zonal Manager, and Program Manager of BRAC’s education program in both Bangladesh and Afghanistan.  He holds a Masters in Education and Development from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

About BRAC Uganda:
In June 2006, BRAC began operating its Microfinance Program in two districts in Uganda - Kampala and Iganga. Since then, the program has successfully formed 2,352 groups, mobilized 63,407 poor women as members, and disbursed US$16.1 million in microloans to 43,967 members. Microloans are invested primarily in small-scale business, agriculture, and construction. Additionally, the BRAC Uganda primary education program has established 58 learning centers, trained 50 teachers, and graduated 844 children.  Currently 1,891 children are enrolled in the program.  For more information, please visit www.brac.net.

About the International Public Service Association:
The International Public Service Association (IPSA) is a graduate organization that brings together members of the Wagner student body with an interest in international public service in order to provide a forum for exchange, debate, education and action in the areas of international public management, policy and finance. An integral part of Wagner School 's Global Public Service initiative, IPSA works in conjunction with faculty, administration, and other student organizations to address students with international interests and keep them informed on international program activities.

About the NYU Microfinance Initiative:
The NYU Microfinance Initiative (NYUMI) is a University-wide task force created to provide a forum for students, faculty, and community members to share knowledge about opportunities and developments in microfinance, raise awareness about microfinance in the New York University community, and connect with leading experts and practitioners in the field. For more information, please visit www.nyumi.org

For more information about the International Public Service Association at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, please visit http://wagneripsa.wordpress.com/

Appetizers and light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited, please RSVP to  confirm your attendance.

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10/01/2009 Democratic Elections: A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict?


Democratic Elections:  A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict?

Robin Ludwig, Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

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09/30/2009 The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen


The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen

The Highline represents a radically new example of adaptive re-use of infrastructure in an urban environment, and sets a new bar for creative greening of cityscapes. While New Yorkers and visitors gain unique park space, local developers and businesses lose the eyesore of rusting, obsolescent infrastructure and the City develops the prospects of economic revitalization and property value increases.

This dramatic public-private solution did not manifest, despite its win-win promises, without tumult and challenge. Join the NYU Wagner Rudin Center and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen for a conversation with Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. Listen in on a dialogue covering Robert’s storied history with the Highline, from his brainchild through the recent opening of its first phase, covering the policies, politics, workarounds, and innovations that took the project from near disaster to success.

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09/29/2009 Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation


Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation 

Upmanu Lall, Alan & Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering, Columbia University; Director, Columbia Water Center; Senior Research Scientist, International
Research Institute for Climate & Society at Columbia University.

Changing climate poses significant risks to societies. Many of these risks are manifest through changes in the space and time availability of fresh water of suitable quality, and through changes in the incidence and severity of floods. It is through such changes that stresses in agriculture, disease incidence, ecological health, and energy supply and demand, and hence in the economics of many communities are felt, especially in developing countries. While anthropogenic climate change is the current concern, structured low frequency climate variability, i.e., persistent multi-year or decadal fluctuations in climate, poses a very similar challenge that societies need to adapt to.

In this talk, Upmanu Lall will provide examples of how an integrated approach to assessing and managing risks in water systems in a changing environment can be developed. This approach provides a core strategy for adaptation to a changing climate.

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09/24/2009 Mobilizing Women for Economic Development:

THE EFFECT OF BRAIN DRAIN

Featuring

NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, Former First Lady of Ghana

with
Karen Grepin
,
Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, NYU Wagner

and

Yaw Nyarko
,
Director, NYU Africa House and Professor of Economics, NYU FAS

Opening remarks by Ellen Schall, Dean, NYU Wagner

Followed by a Q&A and a wine and cheese reception.  Don't forget to bring valid photo ID!

NANA KONADU AGYEMAN-RAWLINGS, the former first lady of Ghana is committed to engaging women in the socio-economic and political progress of society by focusing her career on empowering women and putting both women and children on the political agenda. Mrs. Rawlings is also credited with the movement "Two Million Strong", where 870 pre-schools were setup for child-development. She is the founder of the grassroots 31st December Women's Movement in Ghana. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Rawlings, Ghana was one of the first nations approved by the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child in 1991.

Members of the press should contact NYU Africa House via email or phone ((212) 998-4465) for more information.

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09/24/2009 What Can the UN Do in Response to Extrajudicial Killings?


What can the UN do in response to Extrajudicial Killings Around the World?

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor at NYU Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.

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09/22/2009 An Evening with Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post

Hosted by the NYU's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, housed at NYU Wagner

The startling story of the monumental growth of lobbying in Washington, D.C., and how it undermines effective government.

For nearly half a century, Robert Kaiser has monitored the changes in American politics for The Washington Post. And it is from this insiders vantage point that, in this revelatory book, he chronicles the growing influence of the federal government in our lives and how it has given rise to an array of organized special interests who look to Washington for protection or assistance.

He describes how lobbyists grasped politicians all-consuming and ever-increasing need to raise money (an average Senate campaign cost $437,000 in 1974; in 2006, $7.92 million) and created a mutually beneficial, mutually reinforcing relationship between special interests and members of Congress. We see how behavior once considered corrupt or improper became commonplace, how special interests became the principal funders of elections, and how lobbyists and the politicians who depend on them have ignored such huge problems as health care, global warming, and the looming crisis for Medicare and Social Security.

A timely and tremendously important book that finally explains fully how Washington works today.

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09/21/2009 Mega-Projects: New York: Building Big: A Critical Examination of the Planning of Mega Urban Transportation Projects

Mega-Projects: New York

Building Big: A Critical Examination of the Planning of Mega Urban Transportation Projects 
 
Professor Harry Dimitriou, Director of the Omega Centre at the University College of London, will outline a unique approach to the use of story-telling in its investigation of decision-making in the planning and delivery of ten urban transport mega-projects from around the world.   He will highlight some of the key research findings from the use of this methodology as applied to the Centre's first UK Case Study of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.  His remarks will include comments on how these findings apply to other mature established areas such as New York as well as newly developing cities such as Abu Dhabi. 
 
This is the first is several talks to be given by leading thinkers from around the world addressing issues of common concern to New York and Abu Dhabi, the anchors of NYU's Global Network University.  

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09/18/2009 Bridge Bash 2009

Please join NYU Wagner's Bridge: Students for Social Innovation for our annual Bridge Bash, one of the most exciting events of the fall semester. 

Bridge Bash is a social event that connects professionals, fellow students, alumni, and faculty interested in:
•    Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
•    Microfinance and Financial Access
•    Socially Responsible Investing
•    Corporate Social Responsibility

Wine and cheese will be served.

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09/17/2009 Constitution Day: Rebalancing of Constitutional Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches: A Status Report on the New Obama Administration
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08/14/2009 MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

The third session will discuss approaches for implementing social media within an organizational context. It will focus on marrying the far-reaching possibilities mentioned in the first session with the tools demonstrated in the second session. This session will also offer general guidelines on how to design and implement social media strategies that cater to the needs of various audiences. To illustrate the organizational challenges that need to be overcome during the implementation of a new media strategy, the session will draw on established case studies and develop a project in the class based on one or more examples suggested by the participants. Participants will work together and learn how these tools can facilitate collaborations in the workplace and with external partners. 

This session is designed for people who are interested in or responsible for the actual implementation and management of new technologically driven projects.

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08/12/2009 WHICH SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE?

The second session will be dedicated to describing the newest social media tools and training participants in how to use them. The workshop will explain how to use internet chat (Skype), wikis (Google, www.pbworks.com), RSS readers (Netvibes, Google Reader), blogs and Web sites, and microblogs (Twitter) and will give participants hands-on experience working with them. The particular challenges and possibilities of each tool will be discussed, and participants will learn how to adapt them to facilitate communication and coordination within organizations, between organizations, and in outreach to constituencies.

This session is designed for people who learn best by doing and those who are seeking hands-on experience with the actual tools. 

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08/10/2009 UNDERSTANDING THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA ENVIRONMENT

The first session introduces the dramatically transformed landscape in which nonprofits operate and addresses the revolution in modes of communication in general. The session will look at how these changes have made it possible for many more people to engage in new forms of activism, journalistic endeavors and efforts to shape policy and political processes, as well as enabling new modes of cooperation between individuals and organizations.   Participants will learn what new social media tools are out there and how groups can best use them to increase the effectiveness of an organization as a whole.

This session is designed for organizations that are curious about the possibilities of today's social media tools and want to learn how these tools can aid in accomplishing their organizational mission.  

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07/23/2009 Health Care Delivery Tuscan Style

A roundtable discussion at NYU Wagner

Italy has a national health care system ranked number three by WHO for access and fairness with significantly lower cost and better health outcomes on OECD measures. As we discuss health care reform here at home, what might we learn from their practices?

Join us for an interesting and lively discussion with Ronda Kotelchuck, Executive Director of Primary Care Development Corporation, and Professor Paula Wilson, NYU Wagner, and three prominent Directors of the Tuscan Health Care System on the design and delivery of health care in Tuscany, a region in Italy noted for its primary care system.

With:
- Alberto Zanobini, Manager of the Tuscan Region for Human Resources
- Carla Donati, Financial Manager for the Tuscan Region
- Maria Jose Caldes Pinilla, MD,  Consultant to WHO, Coordinator of International Health Cooperation program for Tuscany.

Moderated by:
- Jeanne Marie Kiss, Ph.D. Wagner alum and co-director of NYU Wagner/Medical School Summer Course

Reception to follow.
This program is a partnership of NYU Wagner with the Medical School of Florence Campus Abroad, and co-sponsored by NYU LaPietra-Wagner Policy Dialogues.

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06/23/2009 A Conversation on Governance: A Multi-Industry Discussion on Best Practices for Organizational Leadership

Join the Wagner Alumni Association for a multi-industry discussion on best practices in:

-Organizational Leadership
-Managing Relationships with Boards of Directors
-Strategic Planning
-Community Relations
-Fundraising

with

Al Smith, IV
Chairperson, St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center

Henry Amoroso
President and CEO, St. Vincent's Hospital Medical Center

Moderated by

Lou Gordon
Director, BALCONY/Business and Labor Coalition of New York

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