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At "Debates of the Century" event, a lively exchange on Immigration

At "Debates of the Century" event, a lively exchange on Immigration

The second installment of "Debates at the Century @ NYU Wagner" featured, on March 29, a lively exchange of viewpoints on U.S. immigration policies between David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, and Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. The pair, who intensely debated the propostion "America Should Embrace the Undocumented and Expand Immigration," were kept in line by moderator Jonathan Alter, an award-winning reporter, television news analyst, and author.

The event was cosponsored by Wagner and the Century Foundation, and included remarks from Wagner Dean Sherry Glied and Foundation President Mark Zuckerman, as well as an audience Q&A.

You can watch the livestream video of the debate.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for the final debate of Spring 2016 (it's Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m) and return here for details. The debate proposition will be: "Government should have lawful access to any encrypted message or device."

At NYU Wagner event, OMB Director Orszag describes remedies for U.S. deficit [Video]

At NYU Wagner event, OMB Director Orszag describes remedies for U.S. deficit [Video]

Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Peter Orszag, Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), talked about the enormous U.S. budget deficit, its primary causes, and its potential implications for health care, higher education, and the career prospects of younger people in an address November 3rd at New York University sponsored by the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Orszag was introduced by John Sexton, NYU's President, and Ellen Schall, the Dean of NYU Wagner, who served as the event's moderator and in her opening remarks noted that Orszag was the youngest member of President Barack Obama's cabinet.

Last year, Orszag told the audience of more than 400 people at NYU's Kimmel Center, the federal deficit was $1.4 trillion ,and a comparable budget gap is projected for the present fiscal year. Over the next decade, he said, the federal government is projected to generate additional red ink of $9 trillion. "Deficits of this size are serious and ultimately unsustainable," Orszag said.

The event was broadcast live by Fox Business while generating a significant amount of public interest and media coverage. To read an official text of the speech or view the NYU webcast, click on the links below.


Barack Obama at NYU Wagner

Barack Obama at NYU Wagner

Senator Barack Obama at NYU Wagner
Barack Obama visited the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University on July 25, 2007 to discuss his ideas about reducing poverty, extending health care coverage widely, and reaching disconnected youth. The event was the Working Cities Forum, a leadership forum on the working poor sponsored by the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The invitation-only dialogue with a major presidential candidate was the second in three months at NYU Wagner: on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed urban issues in the same setting. On behalf of NYU President John Sexton and Wagner Dean Ellen Schall, Obama was introduced by Lynne Brown, NYU's Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. A video of the event will be posted in the future at, where Clinton's appearance can currently be viewed.

Beth Noveck Named as One of 100 Pioneers of New Economy

Beth Noveck Named as One of 100 Pioneers of New Economy

NYU Wagner’s Beth Noveck has been named to a just-announced national roster of  leading pioneers of the new economy.

The new “Purpose Economy 100” list identifies catalysts engaged in “shifting the economy to better serve people and the planet” with innovative models, philosophies, and inventions. It highlights those who are researching, developing, and shaping markets that foster community, personal development, and impact.

The Purpose Economy 100 cohort spans every sector of the economy, from startups, corporations, and academia, to government and nonprofits. Covering nearly 20 industries, the honorees range from people of great fame to emerging innovators. In addition to Noveck – who is Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor and Director of GovLab at New York University, working on open and collaborative approaches to governance using the latest in digital technology —the roll highlights social entrepreneurs such as Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard, more recent market makers like the founders of Airbnb and Kickstart, grassroots community organizers such as Sara Horowitz of Freelancers Union, corporate leader Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, and academic thought leader Brené Brown of the University of Houston.

With hundreds of nominations received, the selection of the The PE 100 was based on three key factors:  

- Their scale of impact, the degree to which they engage in purposeful work on an individual, organizational or societal level

- Their fit against one of five core levers proven to drive changes in markets:  research, policy, public perception, disruptive technology, and bright spots (redesigning existing systems)

- Finally, their domain of focus and the sector where they are effecting change.

The Purpose Economy is a movement organized by Imperative, a career development platform that connects professionals to purpose in their work.  It was created in partnership with CSRwire, a digital media platform.


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