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03/31/2010 Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

In the 1990s Charter schools emerged as the answer to failing public schools in urban cities. Most recently, President Obama called charter schools a strategy to promote excellence and innovation in public education.  This panel will map the growth of the Charter school movement in the United States; explore the impact of Charter schools on communities and the public education system; discuss the challenges schools face in providing adequate resources and offering competitive salaries on a limited budget and probe whether or not they are the answer to reform a failing system.

Moderated by Michael Duffy, Director of the Charter School Office for the New York City Department of Education


Natasha Campbell, Founder/Executive Director, Summit Academy Charter School

Aretha Miller, Senior Director, School Support, New York City Charter School Center

Lesley Esters Redwine, Vice President of External Relations, Achievement First

Brittiny Sessions, Founding Board Chair of the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School

03/29/2010 Africa Development: Whose Ownership?

After centuries of colonization and imposed miracle solutions that were to save developing nations, the importance of ownership in development cannot be overstated. However, the question of “whose ownership” is far from straightforward. With millions of Africans spread across the globe from China to Australia to the United States, Africa is no longer limited to the physical boundaries of the continent. Many young Africans whose parents have left in search of a better future are now faced with the question of who will help develop Africa. What does ownership in development mean? Is development a shared responsibility? Or is it the responsibility of Africans? Does it include the Diaspora? What can the Diaspora do?

How can we increase the role of Diaspora in African development? Who are the other actors and what role should they play? What is the role of African people and how can that be enhanced?

Panelists include:
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange – Former Ambassador to Rwanda. Ms. Mukanyange is now working as Rwanda representative to UNEP. She has been a very strong advocate of women's rights in Rwanda and promoted girl’s education during her time as president of the Rwanda Association of University Women. She speaks about the need for the international community to recognize and encourage Rwanda's ability to rebuild itself as a nation rather than be eternally reliant on aid.

Andrew Garza – Founder and Director of Titaguya Schools in Ghana. Titagya Schools is a nonprofit organization that creates new early educational opportunities in Northern Ghana. Mr. Garza’s organization builds and operates pre-schools and kindergartens and will administer a scholarship program for children in the region.

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, Esq. – Professor and Managing Partner of Hoja Law Group.  Muna is also the Founder and Executive Director of Transitional Trade.  Hoja Law Group is specialized in assisting investors doing business in and/or investing in Africa.  She has participated in the rebranding of several countries, advising African companies as well as mentoring many African entrepreneurs.  Additionally, in the promotion of investment and good economic an corporate governance in Africa, Jacqueline is the Senior Associate with the African European Affairs Consulting group, which advises clients investing and doing business in Africa. Lastly, she has been an adjunct professor of International Law at Central Michigan University, Sociopolitics and Economics of Africa at Drexel University and Business Law at Briarcliffe College.

Ambassador Isaiah Z. Chabala – served from 1995-2000 as Zambian Ambassador to the European Union and, concurrently, to Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. He previously served as Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations(1992-95). Currently Ambassador Chabala is president and chief executive officer of Visionary Consulting Associates, New York, which specializes in sustainable and community-based development issues including poverty alleviation, gender equality, education and empowerment of women and girls, participatory interventions, and microfinance services. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and French from the University of Zambia, Lusaka, and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, School of International Affairs.


Nancy Barton –  Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education: Department Chair, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Director of the Undergraduate Program and a practicing artist who works in photography, performance, and mixed media installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the MoMA (New York), the Long Beach Museum, and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles). Her interests include feminism, post-colonial theory, and Psychoanalysis.

03/29/2010 The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

Lee Smith, Visiting Fellow, The Hudson Institute; and Middle East correspondent, The Weekly Standard. 

Many of the myths permeating Americans' understanding of the Arab world: colonialism spurred the region's ongoing turmoil; Arab liberalism is waiting for U.S. intervention; technology and democracy can be transforming are misunderstood untruths.

Drawing on analysis from his most recent book, noted journalist and expert on Arab-American affairs, Lee Smith will discuss his doctrine to help the United States corrects its long-held myths and assumptions concerning the Middle East.  

03/26/2010 Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility: Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

Lingqian Hu, Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility:  Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

My research tests whether changing urban structure has affected low-income job seekers’ labor market outcomes differentially by impacting their job accessibility. The relatively poor labor market outcomes of minorities are well-documented in the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis literature which claims that the unequal labor market outcomes are partly caused by the spatial barriers between minorities’ residences and their matching job opportunities. This research aims to expand the demographic, geographic and temporal scopes of the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis by studying low-income job seekers’ job accessibility in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in 1990 and 2000.

03/26/2010 Lunch and Third Plenary Session: The Future of the Food Industry

Lunch and Third Plenary Session: The Future of the Food Industry

03/26/2010 Opening Remarks and First and Second Plenary Sessions

10:00 – Opening Remarks and First Plenary Session.

11:40 – Second Plenary Session: The Role of International Agencies and NGOs.

03/25/2010 Black Jewish Relations: Remembering the Past, Living in the Present, Building for the Future

We are pleased to have Robert Kaplan, Founding Director of the New York Center for Community and Coalition Building (NYCCCB) at Jewish Community Relations Council, join us in a conversation about the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities and what  NYCCCB is currently doing to encourage coalition and community building. This also will serve as a platform for the Wagner and NYU community to come together to discuss steps that we as individuals can take to encourage dialogue and collaboration in our communities.

03/25/2010 Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa

Join us for a discussion and book launch event with the author of Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa, Deborah Brautigam. Deborah Brautigam is Associate Professor International Development at Amercian University's School of International Service.

Co-sponsored by the Development Research Institute at NYU.

03/24/2010 A Marshall Plan for Haiti: Relief, Educational Development, and Economic Recovery

The Black Student Alliance would like to invite you to join a discussion on a long-term plan on re-building and economic recovery for Haiti

Please join BSA in an enlightening and thought-provoking panel disscussion on an innovative proposal for developing a Marshall Plan for Haiti's long-term economic and educational re-builing and recovery. Dr. Ron Daniels, founder of the Haiti Support Project will discuss his long-term work in Haiti and Dr. Fabienne Doucet will discuss her work on the Haitian educational system and her stuies on Haitian students.Both speakers will discuss the current sitaution in Haiti and assess the short and long-term challenges of re-building Haiti.


Dr. Ron Daniels, Distinguised Lacturer at York College, founder of the Haiti Support Project
Dr. Fabienne Doucet, Assistant Professor of Education at the Steinhardt School of Education

Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA), Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), and Alliance of Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS) Student Groups.

03/24/2010 Applications of Complexity Theory to Leadership with Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien

This event is part of the RCLA Speaker Series, The Vanguard of Leadership: New Directions in Theory and Practice.

As the information revolution and globalization are changing the way we live and work, leadership scholars are challenged to identify frameworks for leadership appropriate to a connected and interdependent world. One area of research that helps meet this need is complexity leadership. Borrowing concepts from complexity science, complexity leadership research advances beyond traditional mechanistic and hierarchical assumptions to consider leadership processes that are dynamic, distributed, and generative. In the context of organizations, complexity leadership theory identifies new types of leadership roles, including enabling leadership, generative leadership and adaptive leadership, and describes these roles as entangled with administrative functions in organization to address adaptive needs of the organization.

This presentation will provide an overview of the emerging field of complexity leadership and then focus on complexity concepts that provide new insight to leadership, including complexity dynamics of interdependence, heterogeneity, dynamic interaction, and adaptive tension.

Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD, is the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership and Co-Director of the Institute for Innovative Leadership at the University of Nebraska. Her work has been published in leading journals and books, and she has received awards from The Leadership Quarterly for her article on complexity leadership and from the Southern Management Association for her work on implicit followership theories.

03/23/2010 Segregation and Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

The Students for Criminal Justice Reform will host a panel discussion with the following distinguished panelists:

Martin F. Horn, Appointed Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Former Commissioner, NYC Department of Correction and Probation
Michael Mushlin, Professor, Pace Law School
Jack Beck, Director, Prison Visiting Project, Correctional Association
Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affair and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy, Fortune Society

This distinguished group of panelists will discuss their varied perspectives on using segregation and solitary confinement policies in prison and jails.

03/23/2010 Changing Lives, Changing Communities: How the Mae Fah Luang Foundation Inspired Us to Change the World

An Exciting Event on Becoming Global Social Entrepreneurs and Learning from Experts in the Field.

For decades, traditional slash and burn agriculture and commercial opium cultivation were common practices in the Doi Tung region on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Although trade in narcotics is extremely lucrative, farmers who grow the crop in Doi Tung received meager shares. The economic situation was so grave that many become dependent on opium cultivation for survival and young girls were often driven to prostitution. To address these problems, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation (MFLF) created the Doi Tung Development Project to eradicate the illicit economy by providing alternative and sustainable livelihoods, from agriculture and handicrafts to tourism and foods. The project re-invests profits into the community’s social development and has improved the quality of life for the local people significantly in the past 20 years. In 2009, the Secretary General of the MFLF, M.R. Disnadda Diskul, was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship for his leadership. 

 Also in 2009, four NYU students from Wagner’s Advanced Social Entrepreneurs class traveled with their professor, Dr. Ellen McGrath, to visit the Doi Tung Development Project in Thailand, where they spent two weeks learning from the Mae Fah Luang Foundation.  They were so moved and inspired by the experience, that they decided to collaborate and write a book about the Foundation and how they could apply the lessons they had learned on their trip to their social entrepreneurial efforts back home.  And because the trip was so successful, a group of NYU students will be returning to Thailand this May through a new Global Social Entrepreneurship Field Study course.

 Please join us to learn more about the inspiring work of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and to celebrate the growing partnership between the MFLF and NYU! M.L. Dispanadda Diskul, Director of the MFLF Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will discuss the Foundation’s approach to economic development in Thailand and other projects around the world and will share some of their keys to success. The students will share some of the highlights from their experiences and the recently published book will be available for sale.

03/22/2010 On Unequal Ground: Communities of Color, Educational Disparities and Closing the Achievement Gap in Urban Cities

On Unequal Ground: Communities of Color, Educational Disparities and Closing the Achievement Gap in Urban Cities

In Urban schools, high school graduation rates are 15 percentage points lower than schools located in the suburbs. And in cities with large concentrations of working class and poor residents, the graduation rates continue to be substantially lower by over fifty percent. In Baltimore, Maryland and Detroit, Michigan, two cities with high levels of poverty, graduation rates are a meager 34 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

This panel of leading experts will explore the impact of race and socioeconomic status on educational achievement and outcomes. Panelists will also discuss historic barriers and challenges to success and access and strategies for alleviating educational disparities.

03/22/2010 A Strategy of Tactics: Counterinsurgency and the American Army

Gian Gentile, Professor, Department of History, U.S. Military Academy.

The American Army's New Way of War is a method of nation-building called population centric counterinsurgency.  This New Way of War has become all of the rage in many defense and policy circles. History and the current conduct of it in Iraq and Afghanistan suggest however that population centric counterinsurgency is a highly dubious and problematic affair. 

More worrisome is that Counterinsurgency as a military method involving tactics and operations has eclipsed the American military's ability to do strategy, and as Sun Tzu once said good strategy in war is everything.  But tactics without strategy as he cautioned is "the noise before defeat."

03/11/2010 Children and Global Trafficking: a brownbag with UNICEF and SOS Kinderhof International

Children and Global Trafficking: a brownbag with UNICEF and SOS Kinderhof International

Please join the Wagner Women's Caucus for a brownbag event with UNICEF Representative, Susu Thatun, Child Protection Specialist, Migration and Trafficking and Jenessa Bryan from SOS Kinderhof International as they discuss policy solutions to the problem of child trafficking around the world. In particular, Susu and Jenssa will discuss the potential for trafficking in countries experiencing periods of upheavl, including case studies for potential for child trafficking in Haiti following the recent earthquake. We look forward to seeing you at the brownbag!

Speakers: Susu Thatun, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Migration and Trafficking and Jenessa Bryan, SOS Kinderhof International

03/10/2010 Haiti: What Next? Looking to Social Innovation for a Sustainable Future
03/10/2010 Trafficking 101: Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Trafficking 101: Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The average age an American girl is first trafficked into the commercial sex industry in the United States is 12 years old.  Each year in our nation, between 100,000 and 300,000 American children – primarily girls – are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation.  Yet in all 50 states, there are less than 50 beds specifically dedicated to providing safe housing for trafficked American children. Nearly 1/3 of these beds are managed by Girls Educational & Mentoring Service (GEMS) in New York City.

This teach-in is an informal brown bag session that will expose interested individuals in the Wagner and larger NYU community to one of the various forms of human trafficking, which occur at the domestic level. The facilitator will stimulate discussion, provide fact sheets, and screen a short clip from the film "Very Young Girls." The teach-in will be participatory in nature and will focus on steps to take action.

Watch this video that demonstrates an intimate journey of a hypothetical preteen girl as she faces a life of sexual exploitation.

Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) and Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR).

03/09/2010 NYU Wagner Series: Anti-Human Trafficking: An Exhibition: Building Knowledge to Take Action
03/09/2010 NYU Wagner Series: Anti-Human Trafficking: IPSA Reading & Discussion Group: Labor Trafficking
03/09/2010 Whose Streets? Paving the Right to the City, with Jen Petersen

Jen Petersen, Whose Streets? Paving the Right to the City.

This paper argues the case for a human--‐scaled mobility right to the city. Beginning with a brief review of current threads in the Lefebvrian right to the city debate, I argue the conceptual case for streets as public mobility spaces. The role of streets as human--‐ scaled residential, vending, and First Amendment--‐preserving spaces have been well explored on the one hand, and automobility’s infrastructural, political, and cultural costs to urban life have been tallied on the other. But an explicit right to move ourselves, guiding the post--‐automobilic city’s development, has yet to be conceptualized.

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