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01/28/2010 Wagner Across USA - D.C.

Washington, D.C.

01/28/2010 Starting a NY Charter School

Ever thought about starting your own charter school or joining a charter school planning team?  Find out how to turn that idea into action in a one-hour session facilitated by Dirk Tillotson, director of the New School Incubator for the New York Charter School Association (NYCSA). This event will offer a crash course in what you need to know before endeavoring to start your own New York school followed by a Q&A session. All education entrepreneurs are welcome.

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) Student Group.

01/28/2010 Taking humanity in war beyond international laws

Taking humanity in war beyond international laws

Sarah Holewinski, executive director, CIVIC (Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict)

The vast majority of war’s civilian survivors receive no help, as the Laws of War are silent on what should happen after the bombs have dropped.  There is no expectation that warring parties will record casualties, officially recognize them or provide assistance to survivors.  Civilians lawfully harmed are often left with nothing.  Shouldn’t we ask ourselves if, as an international community devoted to the dignity of the human being, we owe war’s survivors something more?  CIVIC is arguing for a new standard of conduct –one that expects warring parties to "make amends" to the civilians they harm.  Sarah Holewinski will highlight examples of this principle already in practice and discuss how, when taken together, these practices show an emerging normative behavior in warfare.

01/27/2010 Sherrybaby and Reproductive Justice: A Film Screening and Conversation on a Vital, Cutting-Edge Social Movement

Wagner Women's Caucus Student Group and the Ms. Foundation for Women co-sponsor a screening of the 2006 award-winning film Sherrybaby starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Think you know about Reproductive Rights? Let’s talk about Reproductive Justice!

The gains made by the movement for Reproductive Rights over the past 30 years are undeniable.  Now, as we move into the 21st Century, conversations are changing.  The Reproductive Justice Movement responds to the wide range of life experiences that shape women’s reproductive health and decision making.

Discussion will highlight the ground-breaking work of Ms. Foundation grantee partners including: Migrant Health Promotion and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and The Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Wine and light appetizers will be served.

Cocktails at 6 PM, Screening 6:45 – 8:00 PM

01/25/2010 Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

This is a critical time where there is extraordinary opportunity for revitalizing America’s surface transportation system.  The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) has begun dialogues across the country highlighting recommendations of its recent report "Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy."  These discussions help influence the direction of federal surface transportation policy, bringing together state transportation officials, federal and state legislators, academics, the business community, and other key transportation stakeholders and interest groups in a conversation about the need for reform in the next federal surface transportation bill.

Speakers and panelists include:
- Timothy Gilchrist, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Transportation, New York State
- Joseph Marie, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation
- Janette Sadik-Khan,  Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
- Kate Slevin, Executive Director,  Tri-State Transportation Campaign

The NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is pleased to join the BPC hosting a New York City event as part of this important series.  The BPC was formed in 2007 to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics, and business leaders in the art of principled compromise.

01/22/2010 Innovative Approaches to Parking and Land Use in Urban Areas

Innovative Approaches to Parking and Land Use in Urban Areas:

A conversation with UCLA’s renowned parking expert Donald Shoup and Sandy Hornick, the New York Department of City Planning Deputy Executive Director for Strategic Planning.

There has been a great deal of discussion about free parking and its economic and quality-of-life implications in recent years. Increasing stakeholders’ awareness and understanding of the issue in order to modify existing policies is complex and demands significant rethinking of typical American approaches to parking.

Join us for a discussion with UCLA Professor and leading parking scholar Donald Shoup, author of the influential book The High Cost of Free Parking, and Sandy Hornick, of New York’s Department of City Planning. Listen in as they discuss the opportunities and constraints presented by parking policy reform and land use regulation in urban areas like New York City.

01/20/2010 Inspiring Students in an Era of Accountability

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Group.

This event will feature a panel of educators who will discuss how they work within or around new accountability systems to creatively motivate and inspire students to succeed in achieving their dreams. Panelists will include:

Julie Gronquist, Special Services Coordinator at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School, a charter school in Brooklyn

Gavin Nangle, History Teacher at Facing History School, which uses alternative forms of assessment in lieu of the Regents

Melanie Lee, Cohort 13 NYC Teaching Fellow and ESL Teacher at High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, the nation's first ELL immersion high school of its kind

Lucille Rivin, Senior Project Manager of the In-Class Enrichment Project at The Leadership Program and Director of BISCEP (Bronx Initiative for Small Schools Character Education Program) and ATLAS (Arts through Leadership at Schools)

01/19/2010 Inspiration in Public Service: Celebrating Martin Luther King's Vision

Please Join the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

This year, New York University is hosting its 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week and the theme is “Who will you inspire to dream?”  Last year’s BSA MLK event focused on the connection between MLK’s vision and President Obama’s vision for the United States and what we can do as students of public service to carry on this vision.

This year, given the theme, BSA hopes to share stories of inspiration from people working in the area of social justice/reform with Wagner students. We will have speakers in the field discuss what inspired them in connection to MLK’s vision for our country and recognize them for thier work.

12/04/2009 Ode To Luther Gulick: Span of Control And Organizational Performance

Ode To Luther Gulick: Span of Control And Organizational Performance

ASPA John Gaus award-winning scholar of public management explores the missed opportunities of important empirical research lost in  the debate over “principles of organization” associated with Luther Gulick.

With Kenneth J. Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair of Liberal Arts and Director of the Project for Equity, Representation & Governance, Dept. of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Dan Smith

12/04/2009 The Old "New Public Administration"

The Old “New Public Administration”

One of the founders of the “New Public Administration" will reflect on the debt of the field to a founder of the Old Public Administration.

With H. George Frederickson, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Paul Light

12/04/2009 Public Administration: the First Hundred Years

Public Administration: the First Hundred Years
The IPA Archive as a Resource for Contemporary Researchers

With Daniel Williams, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College and IPA Archivist

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Professor Dall Forsythe, former IPA Board Chair

12/03/2009 NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Karl Hofman, President & CEO, Population Services International
12/03/2009 Participatory Filmmaking in Africa

Presented by the Wagner Student Alliance for Africa (WSAFA), the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the FilmAid Club NYU Student Groups.

This event aims to facilitate a conversation around participatory filmmaking, a method that has been used by many NGOs to involve communities in the developing world in shaping and creating their own films for the sake of exploring issues, voicing concerns, educating community members, and sharing stories. 

Some have lauded successes seen through enabling change and empowerment in a creative and constructive way, via film.  These films have primarily taken the form of media such as public service announcements and film shorts, though they have also been created into full-length documentaries.

Guest Panelists:

Alison Fast, Program Director, Barefoot Workshops

Lauren Goodsmith, Program Director, Communication for Change (C4C)

Chandler Griffin, Founder & Director, Barefoot Workshops

Steve Mendelsohn, Executive Director, FilmAid International



12/02/2009 Address by the Honorable Kim Wan Joo, Governor of Jeollabuk-do Province, Republic of South Korea

You are invited to an address by the honorable Kim Wan Joo, Governor of Jeollabuk-do Province, Republic of South Korea

Jeollabuk-do Province is the site of the Saemangeum Project, "the large land-reclamation project in Asia since the construction of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong's new airport, which opened in 1998. " (Boston Globe).

RSVP required.  Light lunch will be served.

11/25/2009 World Class Streets for a World City

“World-Class Streets for a World City: a conversation with DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Department of City Planning Chief Designer Alexandros Washburn, and NYU professor Hilary Ballon”


November 25, 2009

Breakfast starts at 8:00 am.  Conversation runs from 8:30 am to 9:45am.

295 Lafayette Street.  The Puck Building, 2nd Fl.

(Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue)

New York, NY 10012-9604

Join us for a discussion led by Professor Hilary Ballon with Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan and Alexandros Washburn, the Department of City Planning Chief of Design, on New Visions for the City’s Streets. 


For decades, the city restricted itself to a utilitarian design approach to its streets.  Commissioner Sadik-Khan and the City's Chief of Design, Alex Washburn, are bringing new and more sophisticated approaches to the challenge of urban design in constrained fiscal times.   Together with Professor Hilary Ballon, they will discuss recent and upcoming proposals to establish new guidelines for creating world-class city streets that are tailored to the varied and complex conditions of New York City.  Listen in on a conversation among these leading thinkers and practitioners about the unique opportunities that are generated when limited resources, pressing infrastructure needs, and a passion for great design merge together to create new and invigorating public spaces for New York City.

11/20/2009 Access to Fresh and Affordable Foods in Low-Income Communities

Presented by the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) with the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA) Student Groups

Considering the WPA's theme this year, "Poverty in the United States: A Plurality of Perspectives," it is our goal to raise awareness regarding some of the challenges that are prevalent in urban communities. With this particular event, we will be assessing the hardships that low-income New Yorkers face in securing quality food at a decent price. Most importantly, we want to highlight the important work being done to overcome those challenges.

Come hear from a variety of voices such as that of practitioners, those concerned with policy regarding this topic area, and researchers. Afterward, join us for an optional hands-on experience at an urban farm engaging in creative practices to provide fresh and affordable food to inner-city residents. A light breakfast will be served at the panel.


Jennifer Berg, Professor of Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health and the Program Director for Steinhardt's Graduate Program in Food Studies and Food Management.

Jeni Clapp, Deputy Director of Policy and Research for Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer

Ivan Marvy,  Co-Founder and Director of Added Value

Kerry Birnbach,  Coordinator of the Interfaith Voices Against Hunger (IVAH)

11/19/2009 Pathways to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Human Mobility

A discussion of the United Nations Development Programme's 2009 Human Development Report

with Jeni Klugman, director of the Human Development Report Office

Human mobility and development is the new, definitive report on migration and development. It breaks new ground in applying a human development approach to the study of movement, covering both internal and international migration. It discusses who moves, where and why. It looks at the multiple impacts of migration for all who are affected by it—not just those who move, but also those who stay, and links these to policies. The report lays out a major policy agenda designed to promote the human development outcomes of migration, and is a must read for everyone interested in the topic—for the GFMD and beyond.

Jeni Klugman, the study's lead author, will highlight the key findings and outline its recommendations by governments, civil society and other actors.

11/18/2009 Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Gutierrez for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Presented by the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students (ALAS) Student Group.

On November 18th at 8 PM, people across the country will be joining together to send a comprehensive message to D.C.  Reform Immigration FOR America will be hosting a virtual town hall with Rep. Luis Gutierrez to discuss the principles of progressive immigration reform, and ALAS will be hosting a "House Party" for interested students and community members to get involved in the comprehensive immigration reform movement.

This national action will send the message that America needs comprehensive immigration reform now. Our families can¹t wait; our country can¹t wait. We need just and humane immigration reform now, and the community across the country is ready to push for it.

We invite everyone interested in comprehensive immigration reform to join us for this event.

Food will be served.

11/18/2009 The US-Russia-Iran Triangle: Right, Acute, or Obtuse? With Mark Katz, Professor of government and politics, George Mason University

The US-Russia-Iran Triangle:  Right, Acute, or Obtuse?

Mark Katz, Professor of government and politics, George Mason University

Dr. Mark Katz  writes on Russian foreign policy, the international relations of the Middle East, transnational revolutionary movements, and other related subjects. He has authored and edited several books on Soviet military policy.  Katz is also a contributor to the Open Society Institute’s Eurasianet, and to Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH)

11/17/2009 Rethinking the Science of Climate: Water Use, Culture, and Adaptation to Global Warming in the Andes

Rethinking the Science of Climate: Water Use, Culture, and Adaptation to Global Warming in the Andes

Mark Carey, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Washington and Lee University

Water supplies in the Andes and in mountains worldwide are vanishing as glaciers melt.  As scientists increasingly investigate climate-glacier-water dynamics to determine future water availability, policymakers are soliciting this science to decide how best to adapt to global warming. 

Yet most of this research fails to acknowledge a critical variable affecting water use beneath vanishing glaciers: people.  Recent Peruvian history demonstrates the importance of government policies, technology, social relations, regional politics, and cultural beliefs for water management.  These societal factors must be brought into climate-water equations to avoid simplistic or deterministic projections about the future of water and climate change adaptation.

11/16/2009 Innovations in Education in Latin America, Asia and Africa

Presented by NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association and the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association Student Groups.

Education is often talked about as a driver of development and a panacea for post-conflict regions. But what specifically do education programs in developing and post-conflict countries entail? What innovations have been designed and implemented to help build communities, spur production and promote stability? How do some of these models differ across regions and what impact have they had? Join us for a night of lively discussion with representatives from organizations that operate in the field of international education.

Guest Panelists:

Anita Anastacio, Senior Technical Advisor for Education, International Rescue Committee

Louisa Benton, Director of Development and Communications, WorldFund

Tzvetomira Laub, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Coordinator for Minimum Standards


Conor Grennan, Executive Director, Next Generation Nepal

11/11/2009 The Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at the Prison Industrial Complex

2:00-3:00-The Prison Pipeline: A Closer Look at the Prison Industrial Complex with Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, and Mishi Faruqee, Director of the Juvenile Justice Project with the Correctional Association of New York

3:00-3:30 Closing Remarks

11/11/2009 Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch and Networking

12:45 – 2:00 Applied Research Center’s presentation on report entitled "Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules" by Seth Wessler, ARC Senior Policy Researcher

11/11/2009 The Cost of Inequality: Exploring the Interception of Race, Poverty, and Policy

Keynote: Introductory Remarks and Education Panel: A Look at the Economics of Education and its Effect on Students of Color Achievement

9:30 – 10:00 Registration & Continental breakfast

10:00 – 10:30 Keynote: Introductory Remarks

10:30 – 11:45


Pedro Noguera, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University

Dr. Sheila Evens Tranum, Associate Commission of Education, NY State Education Department

Shawn Dove, Open Society Institute

11/09/2009 Gulliver's Troubles: Obama and the Middle East with Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Gulliver's Troubles: Obama and the Middle East

Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

For two decades, Aaron David Miller served at the Department of State as an advisor to six secretaries of State where he helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the Senior Advisor for Arab-Israeli Negotiations.

He also served as the Deputy Special Middle East Coordinator for Arab-Israeli Negotiations, Senior Member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the Office of the Historian. He is currently working on a new book called Can America Have Another Great President? (Bantam Books, 2012)