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10/04/2012 Voting Rights 2012
Voting Rights 2012 Presented by Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Servics (ALAS) and Black Student Association (BSA) How will the recent election law changes affect the 2012 election and impact young, minority, elderly, low income, and disabled voters?   Panel of Speakers: Jonathan Brater, Brennan Center for Justice Zulema Blair, PhD,  Political Science Professor, City University of New York Kevin Washo, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Angelo Falcon, National Institute for Latino Policy; Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D./M.A., John Jay College, CUNY Moderator: Professor Dennis Smith, NYU Wagner  
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10/03/2012 Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman
Prof. Jonathan Morduch in Conversation with David Roodman Presented by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Alliance (IPSA) and Bridge: Students for Social Innovation. Please join us for a conversation with Financial Access Initiative (FAI) founder and NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch and David Roodman, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). They will discuss Roodman’s new book Due Diligence and the state of microfinance today. Roodman is a senior fellow at CGD whose work focuses on microfinance, debt relief and aid effectiveness. In Due Diligence, Roodman confronts important questions about the impact of microfinance and discusses how governments, foundations, and investors can best support financial services for the poor. Doors open at 6:15 pm, event starts promptly at 6:45pm.
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10/03/2012 A Day in the Life of a Grantmaker
A Day in the Life of Grantmaker Presented by Wagner Philanthropy Please join Wagner Philanthropy at its inaugural event where we'll explore what it's like to work for a foundation and possible career paths in that sector. During this informal discussion, you'll hear from three current Wagner students who are working full-time for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow classmates and get a sense of the day-to-day role of a grantmaker. We hope you can attend!
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10/02/2012 Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria
Food Security and Humanitarian Assistance Among Displaced Iraqi Populations in Jordan and Syria with Adam Sirois,  Director of Global Development & Adjunct Faculty, New York University College of Nursing
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09/29/2012 Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Town Hall with Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) for an informal discussion with Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Maria Otero to discuss her work at the Department of State promoting civilian security, democracy, and human rights as they relate to U.S. foreign policy and the programs that the Department supports. Under Secretary Otero will also be available to share her thoughts and take questions on the key issues and events of the 2012 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) related to civilian security, including trafficking in persons, gender issues, conflict resolution, etc. Audience members will be encouraged to ask the Under Secretary questions and engage in a discussion about foreign policy and the role that youth can play as positive change agents.
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09/28/2012 U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa
U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) for a discussion with Aaron D. Snipe, who is a career member of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and currently serves as Spokesperson for the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA). In his capacity as Spokesperson, Aaron speaks extensively to the U.S., regional, and international press to explain U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly on Iran, Iraq, the Middle East Peace Process, and Syria. Aaron’s most recent Foreign Service assignments include two tours in Iraq where he served as the Public Diplomacy Officer (PDO) and Spokesperson for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Muthanna Province from 2008 to 2009, and as the Deputy Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he coordinated the U.S. Government's civilian media and messaging efforts in Iraq from 2010 to 2011. Prior to his Iraq service, Aaron worked in the State Department's Office of Iranian Affairs where he worked with the Department’s Press Office, as well as with Western and foreign media organizations, to coordinate U.S. government policy messaging on Iran. Aaron also worked as a Watch Officer in the Department's Executive Secretariat Operations Center where he routinely briefed the Secretary of State and other senior department officials. In addition to his work in the Middle East and Washington, Aaron also served as a Consular/Political-Economic Officer at the United States Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 2003 to 2005. Aaron is a graduate of Emerson College and Suffolk University Law School, and speaks Arabic and some Japanese.
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09/26/2012 Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal
Reverse Brain Drain: Africa's Renewal Now more than ever African professionals are returning to their home countries utilizing their expertise developed on American soil to contribute to the development of Africa. There are thousands of Africans living overseas and seeking ways to contribute to the growth of their home countries; initiatives aimed at staunching the outflow of professional expertise are offering new possibilities. Today there are major opportunities to transform the historical brain drain into a new African brain trust. Therefore this program is seeking to enlighten audiences with an analysis on Reverse Brain Drain and offer an informative panel discussion with professionals who live and work in Africa.
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09/25/2012 Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America
Clientelism, Business and Violence in Latin America with Eduardo Moncado, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science at Rutgers University; Fellow, Drugs, Security and Democracy Program, Social Science Research Council / Open Society Foundation
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09/24/2012 Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri
Lunch & Learn with Carolyn Dimitri Presented by Wagner Food Policy Alliance Come enjoy lunch and learn about Carolyn Dimitri and Christina Bronsing's paper in progress: "Political Economy of the National Organic Standards Board." RSVP is required, seating is limited. Participants will receive a small section of this working paper and have a conversation with the authors to offer suggestions, ask questions and and learn about the topic. Snacks will be provided. The discussion will have a hard stop at 1:30pm. Carolyn Dimitri is a Food Studies professor at NYU Steinhardt and former USDA organic's expert. Christina Bronsing is recent Wagner Grad and is working this project with Carolyn. Check out Carolyn's blog: http://www.sustainablefoodeconomics.com/
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09/19/2012 Building Bridges, Building Power: A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing
Building Bridges, Building Power:  A Decade of Institution-Based Community Organizing Only a few social movements have ever surpassed the threshold of engaging more than 1% of the U.S. population . Those movements have historically played central roles in advancing societal reform. New research documents the impressive growth in the scope, scale, and ambition of the progressive social movement and organizational field often termed “faith-based community organizing” – so that it now arguably attains that threshold. Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), in collaboration with Interfaith Funders present the findings from a new national census of all institution-based community organizing efforts in the United States. The study reveals the geographic spread of organizing, its growing influence in state and national political arenas, and the complex changes occurring in the religious and racial/ethnic diversity of its institutional base, leadership core, and professional staff. Panelists will explore what this research says about the role of religion in public life and how this organizing fits into current social movements. Presenters Brad Fulton, doctoral candidate, Duke University Dr. Richard L. Wood, Director of the Southwest Institute on Religion and Society, The University of New Mexico Panelists Patricia Jerido, Program Officer, Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundation Ai-Jen Poo, Labor Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance, named one of "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine Richard Healey, Director, Grassroots Policy Project Dorian Warren, Associate Professor, Politics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
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09/18/2012 Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach
Experiential Peacebuilding: Practicing the Peace We Preach with Ana Cutter Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding
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09/14/2012 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 1 - 13, and the NYU MPH program's course abroad, Global Health Services Research, also running January 1 - 13 in Salvador at UFBA.
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09/13/2012 Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election
Ahmed Rashid, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Looking Beyond the US Election Ahmed Rashid is “Pakistan’s best and bravest reporter” (Christopher Hitchens). His unique knowledge of this vast and complex region allows him a panoramic vision and nuance that no Western writer can emulate. He was formerly a member of an armed guerrilla group for about a decade that fought to overthrow the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Yayha Khan, then left and became a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines before becoming an award-winning and best selling book author.  His book Taliban first introduced American readers to the brutal regime that hijacked Afghanistan and harbored the terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Now, Rashid examines the region and the corridors of power in Washington and Europe to see how the promised nation building in these countries has progressed. His conclusions are devastating: An unstable and nuclear armed Pakistan, a renewed al’ Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest. While Iraq continues to attract most of American media and military might, Rashid argues that Pakistan and Afghanistan are where the conflict will finally be played out and that these failing states pose a graver threat to global security than the Middle East. His books include Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in central Asia (2002) Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition (2010) Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012)
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09/11/2012 Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us
Crisis Mapping in Elections: What Kenya Can Teach Us with Colette Mazzucelli, Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs
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06/07/2012 Walking and the Life of the City Symposium
Walking and the Life of the City Symposium Please join the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University for a research symposium focusing on the distinctive role that walking plays in city life. While a growing body of research in transportation has emphasized the health benefits of “active” travel modes like walking and biking, the researchers presenting at this event address walking from many perspectives, including social, economic, and even psychological factors, as well as walking’s integration with other modes of travel. In addition, the symposium will explore the future of walking in cities and what needs to be done in future walking research. This half-day event includes researchers from across the globe and, of course, from here in one of the world’s great walking cities, New York. Presenters include: • Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands: Walking and Psychological Well-Being • Sarah Kaufman, New York University, New York: Augmented Reality on the Street • David King, Columbia University, New York: Walking in a Multimodal Context • Kevin Manaugh, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Socio-Economics of Walking • Andrew Mondschein, New York University, New York: Walking, Activity Patterns, and Information Technologies • Robert Schneider, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California: Walking Research Needs Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic as well as a recent series of essays on walking at Slate.com, will keynote the symposium. We expect ample discussion among presenters and the audience as to what we know and still need to know about walking and its impact on people, neighborhoods, and cities as a whole. This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.
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05/29/2012 Battling Congestion: Sam Schwartz Presents his Fair Plan
Battling Congestion: Sam Schwartz Presents his Fair Plan The New York Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation invite you to join us for a conversation with former Traffic Commissioner Sam Schwartz on his vision for battling congestion in the New York region. Schwartz's plan, which involves reorganizing tolls to generate $15 billion over ten years to fund road, bridge, subway and bus improvements, has been lauded by the media since its release in March 2012. Learn more about the Fair Plan and Schwartz's career on May 29th. CEO and Founder of Sam Schwartz Engineering, "Gridlock Sam" is considered a worldwide authority in traffic, highway, bridge, transit and parking systems. Prior to founding the firm in 1995, Schwartz was responsible for transportation engineering, infrastructure, and quality control and planning as Senior Vice President of Hayden Wegman Consulting Engineers, Inc. from 1990 to 1995. At the New York City Department of Transportation, he was responsible for an 8,000-person agency, a $350 million expense budget and a $700 million capital budget. Schwartz is a visiting scholar at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and a member of the New York Transportation Journal Editorial Board.
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05/08/2012 2012 Capstone Expo
2012 Capstone Expo The Capstone program is a valuable service that Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world. Join us for this year's Capstone Expo, where students will display summaries of their work. A reception at Kimmel will follow.
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05/07/2012 NYU Meatless Monday
NYU MEATLESS MONDAYS Monday, May 7th | Rudin Forum at Puck Building, 2nd Floor | 12:30-2PM You have the power to reduce climate change with every meal you eat. Come join the Meatless Mondays campaign, featuring: -Tasty *free* vegetarian food provided by the NYU Student Food Co-op   -Organic coffee to get you through finals from Blue Bottle Coffee -Sustainable Lunch Maps for good options around NYU -Meat-free meal guides to cook your own tasty veggie-friendly food Curious about the carbon footprint of your meals? The meat industry contributes to our emissions much more than most of us realize. Livestock alone creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes, and other fossil-fueled modes of transportation in the world according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in their widely cited report, Livestock's Long Shadow. In fact, our current food system--from industrial farming to packaging to transporting--contributes as much as one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions. Some reports even tip the scale closer to half. Pledge to go meatless on Mondays this year and join the movement to cut the meat, once a week. All students and staff participating in MM this year will receive buttons, recipes and resources to lower our environmental footprint. Collective pledges will be aggregated to measure our communal impact throughout the year. The Climate Change: It's What's For Dinner campaign is a joint collaboration of the Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Wagner Climate Coalition, NYU Steinhardt Food Studies, NYU Law/Students for Animal Legal Defense Fund and is supported by a Green Grant from the NYU Office of Sustainability. Visit our website, http://nyumeatlessmondays.wordpress.com, and find: -Vegetarian Recipes (or submit some of your favorites to nyumeatlessmondays@gmail.com) -Resources from local NYC Eating Guides to an NYU Sustainable Lunch Map -Articles, books, blogs, and podcasts to keep you up on the links between climate change, meat, and health -Apps and Cookbooks to plan out your sustainable eats -Q&A Interviews with NYU vegetarian athletes like Pete Horn to Dirt Candy Chef, Amanda Cohen It's all online at the NYU Meatless Mondays site. And follow the action, find recipes and connect with resources through Twitter also, follow us @NYUmeatless! Send in your pics of favorite local spots, what you're cooking up and home and how you're living out a sustainable life in NYC and check out the flickr photostream for some past postings of events and recipes, too. Questions? Email bronsing@nyu.edu
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05/02/2012 It's Even Worse Than It Looks
IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS This being an election year, the airwaves and op-ed pages are full of pundits and politicians declaring what the future will or should bring this fall. Given the fragile economic climate and explosive political environment, the objective insight of seasoned experts is crucial now more than ever. Join the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress and NYU Wagner on May 2, 2012 at 3:00PM in welcoming Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein who are sure set off passionate debate among these and other important players in the beltway and beyond withIT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism
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05/01/2012 The Supreme Court and Health Reform: How Should It Rule?
The Supreme Court and Health Reform: How Should It Rule? Join us for a panel discussion on this timely debate.  With: Deborah Bachrach, Special Counsel, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Roderick Hills, William T. Comfort, III Professor of Law, NYU School of Law Rogan Kersh, Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NYU Wagner Moderated by John Billings, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service, and director of NYU Wagner's Health Policy and Management Program
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05/01/2012 Technology and Urban Mobility: Perspectives from the Front Lines
Technology and Urban Mobility: Perspectives from the Front Lines Presented by Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management Transportation is vastly changing as infrastructure becomes smarter. How are transportation managers incorporating technologies into our cities’ streets, vehicles and transit networks, and what are the outcomes, successes and pitfalls? How do these solutions affect mobility? Join us for a look into technology’s influence on mobility management in New York City. Panelists include: • Ernest Tollerson, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance, Metropolitan Transportation Authority • Monica DaCosta, Supervisor of Operational Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ • Brian Ferris, Software Engineer, Google Transit • Jeff Maki, Principal, Transportation Group at OpenPlans • Adam Ernst, Software Developer & Creator, iTrans
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04/27/2012 Urban Exposure Photography Showcase
Urban Exposure Photography Showcase Presented by Urban Planning Student Association Urban Exposure is an urban-themed documentary photography showcase. This year, we are featuring the work of students and aspiring photographers in the New York City area. We will be awarding four individual artists for their outstanding contribution to the arts, the study of the urban form, and to the competition. This event is free and open to the public. Wine and refreshments will be served.
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04/27/2012 Venus Noire
Venus Noire Presented by Wagner Student Association for Africa The film Venus Noire, is a real-life story about the life of Saartjie Baartman, a black, Khoi domestic worker, who in 1810 was enticed by fame and fortune to leave her home in South Africa for Europe. Upon her arrival in London she faced dehumanization and extreme ridicule as she was displayed as a "freak of nature" by virtue of her unusual anatomy and sexual organs. She was shipped to France where she was studied, made to mimic savagery and expose her body in Carnivals and eventually in brothels, where she was sexually exploited. Baartman died at the tender age of 27 of pneumonia and venereal disease, all alone and never having returned to her homeland. After her death, her sexual organs and brains were displayed in a French Museum and studied to establish a link between man and apes. After several years of the South African government requesting that the remains of Baartman be returned for a humane burial, she was eventually returned in 2002 and buried in her homeland. We will explore the issues raised in Venus Noire, particularly the role of women in general, the perception of African women and how issues of sexuality, dignity and power play into society today.
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04/26/2012 6th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: "Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy"
6th Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture:  "Jewish Peoplehood in a Time of Personal Autonomy" The lecture this year will be given by Alisa Rubin Kurshan, PhD, Senior Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York for Strategic Planning and Organizational Resources. A reception will follow. Dietary laws will be observed. Please join the Wagner-Skirball community as we honor the memory of Hannah Engle.
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04/23/2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with John White, LA State Superintendent of Education
2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with John White,  Louisiana State Superintendent of Education Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm Program: 6 - 7:30 pm Seating is limited.  Please register below. John White began his career in education as an English teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He later worked as Executive Director for Teach For America Chicago and Teach For America New Jersey, where he also served on the organization's national Strategy Committee. In 2006, White was recruited by New York City Chancellor Joel Klein to join the city’s senior management team.  In his last role in NYC, White served as Deputy Chancellor for Talent, Labor, and Innovation.  During his tenure with NYC, the country’s largest school district, he also served as Chief Executive Officer for Portfolio, where he was responsible for developing new schools, closing failing schools, and adjusting grade levels, enrollments, and locations of existing schools.   In May 2011, White was appointed Superintendent of the Recovery School District, the state-run school district charged with transforming failing schools in Louisiana.  During his tenure with the RSD, he led the development of a three-year strategic plan; crafted a plan to overhaul the remaining failing schools in the RSD in New Orleans; revamped instructional supports to RSD direct-run schools; developed a comprehensive program to monitor Type 5 Charter Schools statewide; established a city-wide enrollment process; and reorganized the RSD to improve support for schools and reduced the central office count by more than one-third.   In January 2012, White was appointed State Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana.    White received a B.A. in English with distinction from the University of Virginia, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University.   
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