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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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06/17/2009 Councilmember Bill de Blasio

Councilmember Bill de Blasio

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05/20/2009 Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

The First Annual Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable:
Presented by GreenHomeNYC in cooperation with NYU Wagner

The emergence of the green initiatives at the City, State and Federal level has brought advocates of all types together to ask the same question: Can't we just make our buildings more efficient now? The answer is "yes", but the combination of available programs, financing, and misleading information in some quarters makes the process difficult at best. Listen to some of our areas true believers, and discover that the programs and policies are in place, and that with determination, most buildings can reduce their carbon footprint substantially.

Introduction: Jerry Salama, Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner & NYU School of Law

Moderator: Ariella Rosenberg-Maron. Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services

Speakers:
Les Bluestone - Principal, Blue Sea Construction
Ashok Gupta - Air and Energy Program Director, NRDC
Kathryn Wylde - President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City
F.L. Andrew Padian, VP for Energy Initiatives, The Community Preservation Corporation

Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable is organized by GreenHomeNYC (http://greenhomenyc.org) in cooperation with NYU Wagner as an annual event honoring the memory of Patty Noonan, who was an early advocate of sustainable affordable housing, a friend to many in the green building field, and a supporter of GreenHomeNYC. Patty participated actively both in financing sustainable affordable housing and in shaping the policy environment in New York. At the time of her passing, Patty served as Senior Vice President of Policy & Economic Development at the New York City Investment Fund, the director of the research & policy department at the Partnership for New York City, and represented the partnership on the Mayor’s Energy Policy Task Force. Previously, she directed the Partnership's High Performance “Green” Building program, which produced the first affordable ENERGY STAR homes in New York State. Patty earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and was a member of the 2000-2001 Coro Foundation's "Leadership New York" class, a yearlong program designed to develop the next generation of city leaders from among the public, private and non-profit sectors.

GreenHomeNYC Board of Directors:
Aaron Yowell, Andy Padian, Ariella Maron, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Gita Nandan, and Bomee Jung

About GreenHomeNYC: Since 2002, GreenHomeNYC has been connecting NYC residents with local experts and actionable information to help them improve the energy and environmental performance of their homes and buildings. GreenHomeNYC uses a peer-learning model that brings together interested volunteers to organize our programs, and to learn and teach others about green building in New York City. Read about our programs at http://greenhomenyc.org/about-us/what-we-do

About the GreenHomeNYC Monthly Green Building Forum:
2009 will be GreenHomeNYC's seventh year of organizing the Monthly Green Building Forum. The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion.  The events are always free and open to the general public.

Our audience is an engaged and interactive crowd, ranging from 40 to sometimes more than 100 people. Guests tend to represent architects, landscape architects, and interior designers; members of the building-industry and related fields, as well as folks who work in city agencies and non-profits related to development; not to mention people interested in green building, but not active in the building/design industry -- students, professionals looking for a career change, co-op or condo board members / residents, and just plain folks.

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05/14/2009 Powering the Future: Commercial Energy Efficiency

This event is being held by the New York League of Conservation Voters

Education Fund, NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public

Service and its Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, and Con

Edison at a two-part forum series that seeks to answer these questions.


The Commercial Energy Efficiency Forum will focus on state energy

efficiency policy relating to commercial enterprises and developers.

What can these companies do to support efficiency efforts? What should

government be doing to assist the business community in adopting energy efficiency standards?

 

Together, we are bringing together experts and stakeholders to discuss

what incentives exist, how they can be made more effective, the role of

energy efficiency mandates, and how programs could be more effectively

administered.

 

Panelists Include:

- Ramon Cruz, Vice President for Energy and Environment, Partnership for

New York City
- Hon. Paul DeCotis, Deputy Secretary for Egergy, State of New York
- Robert F. Fox, Jr., Partner, Cook+Fox Architects LLP Hon.

- Martha Hirst, Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative

Services, City of New York
- Josh Sirefman, Senior Vice President for U.S. Development, Brookfield Properties
- Russell Unger, Executive Director, USGBC New York

 

Moderated by:

Isaac Dovere, Editor, City Hall & The Capitol 

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05/12/2009 Essential Tools for Essential Organizing: Training for Trainers

Presented by RCLA’s Social Change Leadership Network

…Critically engaging your constituents through action, reflection, and collaboration…

This learning session, facilitated by Joan Minieri in collaboration with RCLA staff, connects social change leaders to practical, diverse and effective methods of popular education and training. The 2008 version of this learning session received positive response and feedback from the participants has been incorporated to make this year’s session even more dynamic.  The RCLA Social Change Leadership Network invites you to learn with us as we train with essential tools for essential organizing.

WHY ATTEND THIS SESSION?
This session will provide the opportunity for you to:
o Identify training methods that provoke critical thought, participation and partnership;
o Learn with social change leaders and the RCLA team through hands-on experience; and
o Enhance your training design skills-set to help advance the work of your organization.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This training would be most beneficial for community organizers, program directors and coordinators that provide trainings, organizing and education work. 

Please note that participation priority will be given to  those who fit this description and to social change leaders who are attending an RCLA Social Change Leadership Network learning session for the first time.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited!

Your participation in this event is free of charge, with special thanks to the Ford Foundation and the Leadership for a Changing World Research & Documentation Component of RCLA at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Session Co- Facilitators: Joan Minieri (SCLN session coordinator), Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla (RCLA deputy director and SCLN director), and AiLun Ku (RCLA programs manager)

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05/07/2009 Panel Discussion and Book Launch: Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.  THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL.

The Financial Access Initiative and Africa House present a panel discussion followed by a book signing and wine and cheese reception.

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day

Authors: Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven
Published by Princeton University Press

Opening Remarks:
Rogan Kersh, Associate Dean, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

Panel Discussion Participants:

  • Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Writer/American Business Editor, The Economist
  • Daryl Collins, Co-author, Portfolios of the Poor, Senior Associate, Bankable Frontier Associates
  • Bill Easterly, Professor of Economics, NYU, author of The White Man’s Burden
  • Jonathan Morduch, Co-author, Portfolios of the Poor, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, NYU and Managing Director, Financial Access Initiative
  • Yaw Nyarko, Professor of Economics, NYU, Director of Africa House

Link for more information:  http://financialaccess.org/events
 

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05/06/2009 Recession, Budget Cuts, and Asian Americans: A Community in Crisis

A discussion with leading policy experts on the impact of the current economic crisis and city and state budget cuts on New York's Asian American communities and what you can do about it.

Moderated By:
Vanessa Leung, Deputy Director
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

Panelists:
Anthony Ng, Deputy Director of Policy and Advocacy
United Neighborhood Houses of New York (UNH)

Gigi Li, Policy Director for Child Welfare and Youth Employment
Neighborhood Family Services Coalition

Sponsored by:
NYU Wagner Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (http://www.wagnerstudents.org/clubs/apasa.html)
NYU Wagner Women of Color Policy Network (http://wagner.nyu.edu/wocpn)
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (http://www.cacf.org)
Asian Americans for Equality (http://www.aafe.org)

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05/06/2009 Councilmember David Yassky

With Councilmember David Yassky

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05/05/2009 Capstone End Event Exhibition

The Capstone program is a valuable service that NYU Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world.

Join us for this year's end event exhibition where students will display summaries of their work.

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04/30/2009 Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriella Shalev
Please join the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, the NYU Wagner-Skirball Dual Degree Program in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies, JeWPA (Jewish Wagner Professional Association), Hagshama, the Israeli Consul General and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner in welcoming Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations to NYU for a conversation on The State of Israel and its Challenges for its 62nd Year.

Space is limited, RSVP required.

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04/30/2009 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series: Paul Farmer, Co-Founder of Partners in Health

 

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04/29/2009 Million Dollar Blocks: Using Mapping Tools to Create Safer Communities

With an increasing number of people spending time behind bars, certain communities bear the disproportionate burden of incarceration. Maps of "million dollar blocks" identify targeted areas where significant government funding, often a million or more dollars, is being spent on large numbers of incarcerated individuals who occupy the same city block.  Depicting the patterns within and among communities that experience the greatest levels of involvement in the criminal justice system has become an important step toward strengthening neighborhoods and reducing crime.

 

Join us Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm for a conversation with Eric Cadora, Director and Founder of the Justice Mapping Center, and Marshall Clement, Project Director for the Council of State Governments’ Justice Reinvestment Project.  They will present on their experiences working to reduce recidivism rates in targeted neighborhoods across the country through the use of computer mapping and close work with state-level policymakers to improve reentry policies. 

Introduction by Ingrid Gould Ellen, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning at Wagner and Co-Director of NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. 

 

Hosted by the Students for Criminal Justice Reform and co-sponsored by the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) and the Black Student Alliance (BSA)

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04/29/2009 Powering the Future: Residential Energy Efficiency

This event is being held by the New York League of Conservation Voters  Education Fund, NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service and its Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems, and Con Edison at a two-part forum series that seeks to answer these questions. NOTE: Second-part on Commercial Energy Efficiency is May 14, same time, same place.

 

Energy efficiency is a key component of New York State's plan to combat climate change. But how should energy efficiency programs be structured? How can consumers, developers and building managers sort through the dizzying array of options? And what role should efficiency play in the state's forthcoming energy plan?
 

 

The Residential Energy Efficiency Forum will focus on state policy affecting individual home owners and residential building managers. How can government assist in accessing the enormous range of efficiency products? What methods are truly cost effective? How are governments and utilities creating incentives and/or mandates to address these problems?

 


Together, we are bringing together experts and stakeholders to discuss what incentives exist, how they can be made more effective, the role of energy efficiency mandates, and how programs could be more effectively administered.

 


Panelists include:

- Rohit Aggarwala, Director, Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Office of NYC Mayor
- Jeff Brodsky, President, Related Management Company Rebecca Craft, Director of Energy Efficiency, Consolidated Edison
- Michael Lappin, President, Community Preservation Corporation
- Brendan Mitchell, Director of Development, Full Spectrum NY
- Hon. Francis Murray Jr., President & CEO, NYSERDA

 


Moderated by:
- Ashok Gupta, Air & Energy Program Director, NRDC

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04/28/2009 A Country of One's Own: Race, Class, Gender and Immigration Policy in the United States

A Country of One’s Own: Race, Class, Gender and Immigration Policy in the United States

Twenty years ago, fewer than 20% of the people crossing the border illegally were women. Today,
Women are 50 percent, or 14 million, of the foreign-born U.S. Population. Of those, it is
estimated that 58% are legal immigrants and as much as 42% are unauthorized migrants to the
United States. Unlike their male counterparts, immigrant women are often caught in a double bind
and suffer abuse and violence crossing the borders and on the job. They also tend to receive
inadequate and low wages, have higher family caretaking demands, and reproductive health care
needs. This panel of policy experts, advocates, and practitioners will focus on strategies for
incorporating the needs of immigrant women and families in immigration policy at the local,
state, and federal levels.

Discussants:

  • Irasema Garza, President of Legal Momentum (moderator)
  • Jessica Gonzalez, Deputy Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Miriam Yeung, Policy and Program Director, National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum
  • Olga Vives, Executive Vice President, National Organization of Women
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