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10/25/2011 Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment

Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment

It is popularly believed that once criminals are released from incarceration that they have “paid their debts” to society and are free to start their lives anew. Of course, this is rarely true in practice. Many, if not most, individuals find that upon release they face a range of civil and administrative penalties ranging from revocation of voting rights, to deportation, to inability to access services such as public housing or student loans.

At Collateral Consequences to Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Employment, panelists will highlight and chronicle the struggles of formerly incarcerated individuals on their journeys to successful reintegration into society, starting with employment.

Panelists will include:

Glenn Martin
Vice President of Development and Public Affairs
Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy
Fortune Society

Ronald Day
Program Coordinator for Workforce Intensive
The Osborne Association

Brent Cohen
Director of Legislative and Government Affairs
NYC Department of Probation

Jessica McMahon
Program Director for Employment Works
NYC Department of Small Business Services

10/25/2011 "An African Answer" Film Screening

"An African Answer" Film Screening

Join the International Public Service Association (IPSA), The Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA) and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding for a pre-premiere screening of An African Answer, a film about post-conflict community reconstruction in Kenya following the 2007 massacres. The film features Tanenbaum’s 'Peacemakers in Action,' Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa.

The film will be followed by a short presentation and Q&A with the Imam and the Pastor. Kenyan activist Joseph Karanja and the film’s director Dr. Alan Channer will also be on hand to answer questions. For more information about the film please see

Refreshments will be served.

10/25/2011 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Construction Projects: An update from Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President, MTA Capital Construction Company

There has been a great deal of focus on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction Company’s (MTACC) mega-project which is the largest transit construction program in the nation with over $17 billion dollars invested in expansion and improvement of the downstate region’s transportation network.  

Join us for an exciting update from MTACC President Michael Horodniceanu, Ph.D., P.E. Listen as he outlines the history, engineering challenges and progress of MTACC Mega Project’s including East Side Access, Second Avenue Subway, 7 West Extension, and Fulton Street Transit Center.

10/25/2011 Long Term Liability Roundtable Discussion Series: An Overview of Long Term Liabilities and Pension Issues in New York

Long Term Liability Roundtable Discussion Series:
An Overview of Long Term Liabilities and Pension Issues in New York

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

Cities and states across the nation are facing serious fiscal challenges. New York City alone is projecting a deficit of over $4 billion for the next fiscal year. One of the largest single contributors to the City’s budget shortfalls is soaring employer contributions to its employee pension funds.  These contributions have increased from two percent of the City’s budget in 2000 to eleven percent in the last fiscal year, while the City's accrued health insurance benefits liability totaled $75 billion in 2010.

Join members of the public, government officials, and other key stakeholders for the first in a series of discussions about New York City’s long term liabilities and pension costs. The first round table discussion will be an overview of long term liabilities and their implications. 

8:00 AM -- Registration
8:30 AM -- Keynote & Panel Discussion

Michael Powell
New York Times

Richard Ravitch
former Lt. Governor, New York State

Mike Musuraca
Independent Pension Consultant
James Parrott
Fiscal Policy Institute

Dan Smith
New York University

For more information on this event, please contact Jae Ko at the Fund for Public Advocacy.

10/24/2011 Arts at the Intersection: A Discussion on the Wagner Experience

Arts at the Intersection: A Discussion on the Wagner Experience

The interesting ideas are at the intersection... and that is exactly where studies of arts and culture are currently flourishing. There is a growing body of students at Wagner interested in understanding how critical issues of policy, management, and planning intersect with the role of the arts and culture in our lives. The Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC) would like to explore these interests with the goal of enhancing the Wagner Experience through new opportunities to learn about and participate in this burgeoning, cross-cutting field.

At this event, Professors, alumni in the field, student groups, and students from both the Wagner student body and other relevant schools will come together in intimate breakout conversations about some of the hottest topics in arts and culture today.

Discussions will seek to understand the issues from different angles, identify specific areas of interest to students, and create a set of ideas for how these issues and opportunities can become a part of the Wagner Experience (classes, extracurriculars, leadership development, etc). Ultimately, these discussions and recommendations will be translated into a road map for Wagner students, clubs, and administration to consider new opportunities within the school.

Roundtable Themes:
-Arts & Economic Development
-Arts & Education
-Arts & Health/Wellness
-Arts & Advocacy/Impact Measurement
-Arts & Social Justice
-Arts & the Public Environment

This event is open only to NYU students.

10/24/2011 Guest Lecture Series: mothers2mothers

Employing nearly 1,800 mothers in nine countries, mothers2mothers is helping to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an innovative model of care that trains and employs local women to provide education and support to pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV. Representatives of the organization will talk about issues related to HIV and maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa and the mothers2mothers model. 

10/20/2011 "The Role of UN Sanctions in African Conflict Zones"r

"The Role of UN Sanctions in African Conflict Zones"
Howard Wachtel, U.S. Mission to the UN

10/17/2011 Guest Lecture Series: Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International (, a leading expert on women’s rights and protection in conflict zones, and the best-selling co-author of her memoir, Between Two Worlds: Escape From Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.

10/14/2011 The Broken Society vs. the Big Society: A Lecture and Conversation with Phillip Blond

The Broken Society vs. the Big Society:
A Lecture and Conversation with Phillip Blond

Presented by NYU Wagner

As a key architect of the U.K.’s Big Society project, Phillip Blond will apply lessons from the recent U.K. riots to our American political scene, including the current Occupy Wall Street movement. Blond’s ResPublica (  think tank has ridden to sudden prominence with radical solutions aimed at restoring civil society, remoralizing the marketplace and recapitalizing the poor. Their ideas make up a substantial part of the U.K.’s new Localism Bill, now close to passage.

Phillip Blond is a graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, a student of John Milbank and a former lecturer in theology at Cumbria. He has been called the "Philosopher King" of the David Cameron government and espouses what might be described as a neo-distributistapproach to politics with cooperatives, localized "non-state mutualism" and other policies that do not fit neatly any of the current political boxes. He offers a critique across the board of the centralized state, big business, banking and the unregulated free market. He has called for a renewal of morality in the market and the institutions of society. British Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" is an attempt to try these ideas in the laboratory of a real country.

10/13/2011 “Egypt’s Path to Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities”

“Egypt’s Path to Democracy: Challenges and Opportunities”
Khaled Z. Amin, associate professor of public finance and administration, Cairo University;
affiliated scholar, the American University in Cairo (AUC); visiting scholar, NYU Wagner;
senior decentralization policy advisor, the USAID’s Egyptian Decentralization Initiative (EDI)

10/06/2011 “Gender-Based Violence and Access to Food and Water in Humanitarian Crises: Is there a Connection?”r

“Gender-Based Violence and Access to Food and Water in Humanitarian Crises: Is there a Connection?”
Meg Satterthwaite, faculty director, CHRGJ; professor, the Global Justice Clinic

10/06/2011 From Transport to Mobility: A Paradigm Shift to Face the Challenge of Sustainable Cities. A conversation with Georges Amar

In order to face the challenges of urban sustainability and to meet the opportunities of information technologies, transportation systems are undergoing a full paradigm shift. The meanings and values of our “mobile life” are changing. If the 20th was the auto-mobile century, the 21st will be the body-mobile one. Intelligent, augmented, connected; our body is the “new mode” for a modern sustainable urban mobility.

Presented by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, Georges Amar hosts and informal luncheon to disucss the challenges of urban sustainability and what they mean to transportation systems and understanding of mobility.

Georges Amar is the Director of Prospective and Innovative Design at the RATP (the Parisian regional transit authority). Mr. Amar has spent the majority of his professional life as an engineer, graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris. He has focused on urban transportation in various aspects, which he further explores in his latest book, Homo Mobilis – the new age of mobility.

10/05/2011 Women in Public Service: Taking on Education

Women in Public Service: Taking on Education

Wednesday October 5th
from 5p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Puck Building 295 Lafayette St. , Rudin Conference Room

This year Wagner Women's Caucus is highlighting gender at Wagner in a series of conversations focused on the education of women and girls.

Women in Public Service: Taking on Education will bring leaders from across the field to talk with students at roundtable discussions about the opportunities and challenges of advancing education for women and girls worldwide. Students will gain insight into the careers of leading experts and have an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues. 

For more info and how you can get involved visit

Featured Speakers and Roundtable Topics:

Antonie de Jong, Deputy Chief of Resource Mobilization at UN Women
Fundraising and Advocacy for the Education of Girls Worldwide
Website - Follow on Twitter @UN_Women

Penny Abeywardena, Senior Manager at the Clinton Global Initiative
Influencing Key Players to Support Gender Equality in Education
Website  - Follow on Twitter @ClintonGlobal

Marcia Brumit Kropf, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of Girls Inc.
Leveraging Informal Education to Help Girls Overcome Economic, Social, and Gender Barriers
Website - Follow on Twitter @girls_inc

Jessica Posner, Co-founder of the Shining Hope Kibera School for Girls (Kenya)
Starting and Operating a School in Africa’s Largest Slum
Website - Follow on Twitter @hope2shine

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09/30/2011 Carbon Nation Film Screening and Discussion

Carbon Nation Film Screening and Discussion

The Wagner Climate Coalition is kicking off their fall events with a film screening of "Carbon Nation" followed by a discussion led by Professor John Gershman. The event is sponsored by the International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) and Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA) as part of the Wagner Climate Coalition.

The Wagner Climate Coalition is an alliance of Wagner students and student groups concerned about climate change that aim to share knowledge, network, collaborate, lead by example, and change Wagner, NYU, NYC and the world. Please join the Wagner Climate Coalition to discuss and learn more about the implications of climate change through their "Carbon Nation" screening.

09/29/2011 “Priority Reproductive Health Services in Humanitarian Emergencies – the Minimum Initial Service Package”r

“Priority Reproductive Health Services in Humanitarian Emergencies – the Minimum Initial Service Package”
Sandra Krause, Reproductive Health Program Director, Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children

09/28/2011 Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?

Welfare Reform at Fifteen: Is it Working?
Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Policy Alliance, and the Poverty Discussion Group

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more commonly known as TANF. He famously declared that this act would “end welfare as we know it.” Fifteen years later the debate continues...has welfare reform lived up to its promise?

Join us for a keynote presentation and panel discussion surrounding the 15th Anniversary of Welfare Reform. We will take a look at the landmark legislation of the past, present, and future to consider: How this legislation has affected low-income families and how welfare has evolved since then? Is TANF enough given soaring unemployment rates and the deep recession? And with a major presidential election right around the corner, what is the future of this program?

Join us for this keynote presentation and lively discussion on the ever important and controversial issue of welfare reform.

Keynote Speaker:
Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration

Robert Doar, Commissioner, NYC Human Resources Administration
Lawrence M. Mead, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, New York University
Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Sociology, City University of New York
Bich Ha Pham, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Caitlyn Brazill, Director of Policy and Communications, NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy

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