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03/09/2010 Electoral Reforms in Latin America with Professor Patricio Navia

Hosted by ALAS

Recently, several countries in Latin America have undergone, or are currently undergoing, electoral reforms.  Professor Patricio Navia from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University will speak about these current developments. Though not mandatory, Professor Navia recommends that participants read two articles prior to attending the event.  

Following his presentation, he will open up a the space to engage in a discussion with participants about the readings and how they relate to the latest electoral reforms.

Lunch and beverages will be provided.  

You may access the readings here:

Professor Navia is currently a Master Teacher in Liberal Studies and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.  He is am also a professor of political science at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales, director of the Magíster en Opinión Pública and founding director of the Observatorio Electoral where he has been the head researcher in two Fondecyt projects at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile.

03/08/2010 Film Screening: Lilya 4-Ever

Film Screening: Lilya 4-Ever

NYU Wagner is proud to screen the award-winning international film, Lilya 4-Ever. This feature-length narrative explores the world of a teenage girl in the former Soviet Union whose mother abandons her to move to the United States. Lilya is left to fend for herself after a neglectful and uncompassionate aunt evicts her from her home. The film follows Lilya’s story and its downward spiral, as she becomes a victim of the lucrative, underground sex trade. Join us as we take a look into one of many forms of human trafficking.

Watch the trailer here.

Snacks and beverages will be served.

Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA), Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR), and the Wagner Women’s Caucus (WWC).

03/08/2010 Israeli Counter Terrorism and its Implications for the United States

Daniel L. Byman, Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University; and Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution.

Dr. Byman has written widely on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, and the Middle East.  In this talk, Dr. Byman will examine Israel's counterterrorism efforts against Fatah, Hamas, Hezballah, and other groups to draw lessons about counterterrorism for Israel and other countries. 

03/05/2010 Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking in Latin America

Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking in Latin America
Join the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) for a presentation on Gender-Based Violence and Human Trafficking.
Guest Speaker Beatriz Alaniz is a former employee of the Polaris Project, one of the leading anti-trafficking agencies in the United States and Japan. She will speak about human trafficking as both a domestic and international issue.
Guest speaker Kate Rath, Program Officer at International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region, will speak about Gender-Based Violence, specifically in regards to best practices on how to combat the issue and its close relation to Public Health. Excerpts from the documentary BASTA! will show interviews with survivors of gender based violence after the presentations. A question and answer portion is to follow.
Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) and Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR).

03/04/2010 Brademas Center: An Evening With Jim Leach, Chairman Of The National Endowment For The Humanities
03/04/2010 Violence, Democracy and Development in the Southern Philippines

Violence, Democracy and Development in the Southern Philippines

John Gershman, clinical assistant professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner; associate director, NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health
Prior to joining NYU, Gershman was the director of the Global Affairs Program at the International Relations Center and the co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus, a progressive think tank on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.  He has worked at a series of nonprofit think tanks since the early 1990s, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and Partners in Health.  His research, writing, and advocacy work has focused on issues of U.S. foreign policy in East and Southeast Asia; the politics of international financial institutions and multilateralism; the political economy of democracy and development; and the strategies and responses of social movements and NGOs to globalization and terrorism. 

03/03/2010 From Relief to Recovery: Confronting the Institutional Void

“From Relief to Recovery: Confronting the Institutional Void" presented by Columbia University's Humanitarian Affairs Program at the School of International and Public Affairs

03/03/2010 Lunch


03/03/2010 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Chris Jordan, Artist & Photographer, Chris Jordan Photographic Arts
03/03/2010 Challenges and Lessons from Cases of (Post) Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines

“Challenges and Lessons from Cases of (Post) Conflict Reconstruction and State-Building: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines” presented by New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, the Center for Global Affairs, and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

03/03/2010 Whither Humanitarian Ethics and Principles in State-Building and Peace building?

“Whither Humanitarian Ethics and Principles in State-Building and Peacebuiling?” presented by Fordham University’s Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs 

03/03/2010 Prevention, Peacebuilding, and State-building: Contextualizing Humanitarian Action

"Prevention, Peacebuilding, and State-building: Contextualizing Humanitarian Action" presented by Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at CUNY, Graduate Center

03/03/2010 Breakfast and Welcoming remarks

8:00 AM-8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM-8:45 AM Welcoming remarks by Bruce Jones, Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

03/01/2010 King Hussein of Jordan and the Search for Peace in the Middle East

Nigel Ashton, Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Across half a century from 1953 to 1999, King Hussein of Jordan was a key player in the world of Middle East politics. Nigel Ashton will discuss his role in the Arab-Israeli peace process and the development of his close ties with the United States. He will also consider the lessons and legacy of Hussein's reign for today's stalled peace process. 

His most recent book is King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life, (Yale University Press, 2008), a biography which draws for the first time on the King’s private papers

02/26/2010 CANCELLED: IPSA/Oxfam Action Corps Hunger Banquet

Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA) student group.

Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event. IPSA, in partnership with the Oxfam Action Corps of NYC, is hosting this event to start the conversation on global food security, a topic that will be more deeply covered at the 2010 IPSA Spring Conference on Friday, March 26th.

At this event, you will be able to take part in an interactive program that will allow you to experience the issue of food security firsthand. The event will include a speaker panel of Wagner professors and NGO representatives that will be able to answer your questions on this important issue.

After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, few participants will leave with full stomachs, but all will possess a greater understanding of the problems of hunger and poverty and will be motivated to do something about them! Please join us!

For questions, please contact Lucia Goyen at

02/25/2010 Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers: A Conversation with Bob Shrum and Geoffery Cowan, Playwright

02/25/2010 The 4th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture

Join the Wagner-Skirball Dual Degree Program community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle z"l.

The lecture this year will be given by Jerry Silverman, the President and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America.

*Reception to follow

02/25/2010 Peacebuilding in Iraq: What Roles Can Universities Play?

Peacebuilding in Iraq: What Roles Can Universities Play?

Thomas Hill, associate research scholar, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University
Among the most well-respected and stable institutions in Iraq, universities allow representatives of different communities to interact and peacefully contest the country’s future.  The recent establishment of a master’s program in peace and conflict studies at one Iraqi public university, and the development of a center dedicated to peace and security studies at a private university suggest a growing acceptance of responsibility for a role in peacebuilding by Iraq’s academics.  Drawing on experiences teaching in Iraq, this discussion focuses on both the possibilities for, and the limitation of, university-led peacebuilding efforts in Iraq and elsewhere.

02/22/2010 Iran's Pro-Democracy Green Movement

Mohsen Sazegara, a co-founder of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a former Deputy Prime Minister in the Islamic Republic of Iran,  journalist, and pro-democracy activist

Mohsen Sazegara is one of the most important figures influencing U.S. policy toward Iran.  During the early years of the Islamic Revolution, Dr. Sazegara held several high-ranking political  positions before becoming disillusioned with the government in 1989 and pushing for reforms. In 2001 he applied to become a candidate for President of Iran in the 2001 election and was refused.  His reformist policies clashed with the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and eventually resulted in his arrest in early-2003. 

Dr. Sazegara continues to call on Iranian dissidents to avoid fragmentation and unite in nonviolent action under the pro-democracy Green Movement.  His discussion will include an overview of the pro-democracy movement in Iran and its implications for the U.S.

02/18/2010 State of the City 2010: Transportation Access for the Underserved and Underrepresented

Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance and Wagner Transportation Alliance student groups.
This year's State of the City event will bring voices from City officials, agencies and advocacy groups to highlight transportation access issues facing the underserved and underrepresented in New York City.  This forum event will ask and answer critical questions that intersect topics of transportation access and social justice.


02/18/2010 Roma, Pygmies, Uyghurs and Dalits: How the UN Attempts to Protect their Interests

Roma, Pygmies, Uyghurs and Dalits: How the UN Attempts to Protect their Interests

Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minorities, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Discrimination against minority groups is a pernicious reality in all regions of the world.  The exclusion and marginalization of groups of people from the political, economic, and social mainstreams of their larger societies on the basis of their ethnicity, religion, or mother tongue is one of the leading causes of armed conflict, and a waste of human potential.  This talk will focus on the institutional mechanisms developed by the UN Human Rights Council to prevent such tragedies and protect minority groups.

02/17/2010 Economic Development in New York City: Linking Physical and Economic Transformation

The Role of Transportation in Advancing Economic Development Goals:

A conversation with New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and NYU Wagner Professor Mitchell Moss

As the links between infrastructure and economic systems become more apparent, New York City’s dense built environment and transportation network make for a unique case study in the interplay of these systems. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has long recognized the importance of infrastructure investment in efforts to advancr the vibrancy and strength of the city’s economy.

Join us to learn more about initiatives underway at NYCEDC with President Seth Pinsky, when he will discuss his organization’s work with one of NYU’s most prolific professors, Mitchell Moss.

02/16/2010 TANF Reauthorization: The Future of TANF and Social Safety Nets in America

Presented by the NYU Wagner Women of Color Policy Network.

In September 2010, Congress will reauthorize the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or “TANF” and have the opportunity to strengthen the economic security and well-being of women and children.  Reauthorization comes at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, the national unemployment rate continues to climb and the number of women and families living at or below the federal poverty line is increasing.

Join us for a moderated discussion with Margaret Simms, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and Avis Jones-Deweever of NCNW’s Research, Public Policy, and Information Center to explore the goals and priorities for reauthorization and what must be done to improve the safety net for women and families. Opening remarks by Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum.

02/11/2010 Teacher Quality: The Key to Closing the Achievement Gap?

Presented by the Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) and the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) Student Groups.

This panel discussion will explore how traditional public schools and charter schools attract and retain top talent. Panelists will discuss the effects of merit pay, alternative certification, lowering barriers to entry, improved training, teacher accountability and other education reforms on improving teacher quality and student outcomes.

Light refreshments will follow.

02/11/2010 Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

Andrew Rasmussen, assistant professor, NYU School of Medicine; research director, Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program
Global public health may involve some degree of political advocacy, particularly for those health problems associated with abuse of a population by political authorities.  A case example is presented in which doctors and psychologists undertook a forensic assessment of a population of Sikhs in Punjab, India, in support of a class action lawsuit alleging gross violations of human rights.