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Tuesday, February 8
An evening with David K. Shipler, Author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Pulitzer Prize Winner David K. Shipler, author of THE WORKING POOR: Invisible in America, spoke before an audience at the Citigroup Foundation. He was introduced by Nancy Biberman, President, WHEDCO. The event was sponsored by Citigroup Foundation, Vintage Books, and The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.

Wednesday, February 9
Women Moving Forward: The 2004 Election and the Future

This timely post-2004 election conversation took a critical look at the election as the starting point for a discussion on the current status of women in America. The event examined how analyses of the election results, women voter turnout, and the gender gap actually speak to the broader picture of women's citizenship and other urgent issues including family, morality, health care, labor mobility and the national economy. The panelists also discussed what could be learned from this election about the ways of constructing the feminist movement so that it effectively addresses the obstacles women face in their daily lives and the ways women can achieve greater equity.

Thursday, February 17
Promoting Patient-Centered Care: A Sociologist Responds to the Institute of Medicine's report, Crossing the Quality Chasm

Michael Yedidia's project, "Rethinking Doctor-Patient Relationships to Promote Patient-Centered Care," addresses changes in doctor-patient relationships as key mediating factors in achieving the re-engineering of our health care system called for in the Institute of Medicine's landmark report. His three-year research project focuses on five spheres of care that promise lessons for improving relationships that can be more broadly applied in health care delivery. He reported on the first of the five qualitative substudies, addressing palliative and end-of-life care.

Wednesday, February 23
How are Immigrant Students Different: An Interdisciplinary Look at Immigrant Education

According to the 2000 Census, over a tenth of all Americans are foreign- born, and in large urban cities like New York, immigrants are the primary source of population growth. Immigrant children in particular represent a large and growing segment of this population. Consequently, as the face of America changes, the education of these "New Americans" is an extremely important issue. A panel of speakers including Leanna Stiefel, Professor of Economics at NYU Wagner; Wida Amir, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!); Guillermina Jasso, Professor of Sociology at NYU; Hua Tu, Principal of the Henry Street School for International Studies; and, Sonal Patel of Advocates for Children discussed issues and policies that affect immigrant students with New York.







Friday, March 4
Conference of Social Entrepreneurs: Financing Start-up Social Ventures

This conference was designed to teach strategies to be successful in an evolving philanthropic and investment landscape. Participants learned from the experts how to develop their long term financing plans, heard advice from accomplished social entrepreneurs on how they overcame the challenges presented by the social capital markets, found out if a revenue generating business is right for their organization, and met philanthropists and investors who are looking for high potential investment opportunities

Thursday, March 10
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy: Predatory Lending

This housing and land use policy breakfast featured several of the City's leading experts on predatory lending, who set the stage for the debate by illuminating the magnitude and dimensions of the problem. The panel featured two of Wagner's adjunct professors -- Sarah Gerecke, Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Housing Services and Sarah Ludwig, Executive Director of Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project. Phyllis Rosenblum, Senior Vice President of the Community Development Department at HSBC Bank USA also joined the panel.

Thursday, March 24
CHPSR Brown Bag: "Person, Place, and Space: A multilevel approach to sexually transmitted disease epidemiology"

The risk of sexually transmitted disease acquisition represents a complex of factors. The understanding of intersection of individual, partnership, macro- and spatial level factors is critical to the creation of effective prevention policies and interventions. CHPSR held a brown bag discussion on this topic led by Kyle Bernstein, PhD ScM, Assistant Professor Department of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Care Institute, NYU School of Medicine.

Tuesday, March 29
Gino Strada: Emergency

NYU Public Health Alliance and the International Public Service Association (IPSA) hosted a film viewing and discussion with Gino Strada, founder of Emergency. Emergency is an non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing assistance to civilian victims of war, to the wounded, and to those suffering the consequences of war, such as hunger, malnutrition and the lack of medical care.










Monday, April 4
Does Money Matter? The Role of Public-Private Partnerships for New York

This event featured a discussion on the role of public-private partnerships in New York City Schools with Leslie Koch, Chief Executive Officer of the Fund for Public Schools; Charlotte Frank, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at the McGraw-Hill Companies, and Amy Schwartz, Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics at the NYU Wagner School. Panelists discussed the return on investment of private-public partnerships, the role that money and in-kind gifts play in student performance, and how public-private partnerships can help resolve some of the city's education fiscal problems.

Tuesday, April 5
"Compstating Human Resources Administration" with NYC HRA Commissioner Verna Eggleston

At a public policy breakfast forum, NYC HRA Commissioner Verna Eggleston and members of her senior staff presented "CompStating HRA: Performance Management of Social Services in New York City." Former HRA Commissioner William Grinker, CEO of Seedco and co-sponsor of the event with the Wagner Public Policy Alliance, moderated. A paper "The Transformation of Social Services in New York City: CompStating Welfare, co-authored by Wagner Professor Dennis and Seedco's William Grinker was provided to participants.

Thursday, April 7
Policy Debate on the Proposed Medical Liability Litigation Legislation

Professor Billings and Ms. Joy Trimmer, a lobbyist for the American Medical Association (AMA), debated the merits of capping liability settlements. Joy Trimmer, JD, is Assistant Director of the Division of Congressional Affairs at the AMA, a position she has held since July 2000. John Billings, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Public Service and Director of the Center for Health and Public Service Research, teaches in the area of health policy.

Tuesday, April 12
The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy: Predatory Lending

The second breakfast in the series turned to a more in-depth discussion of proposed solutions for the problem. The April 12th panel featured Michael Bosnick, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Barbara Kent, Director of Consumer Services and Financial Products, State of New York Banking Department; Mark A. Willis, Executive Vice President and Director of JP Morgan Chase's Community Development Group; and Josh Zinner, Director of the Foreclosure Prevention Project of South Brooklyn Legal Services.

Monday, April 18
No Child Left Behind: What it Means for the Private Sector

The Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) hosted an interactive discussion on the role of business in the No Child Left Behind Act with Gene Wade, Chief Executive Officer of Platform Learning. Mr. Wade is the Chairman, CEO & Co-founder of Platform Learning. As part of its after-school and weekend tutorial programs, Platform provides individual learning plans and small group instruction to students.

Wednesday, April 20
Planning and Design with Communities in Mind: Context-Sensitive Solutions in Our Region

Implementing Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is not always easy. Several factors can constrain effective implementation of CSS, including competing interests, fiscal constraints, institutional inertia, lack of contextual definition, legal concerns, and organizational culture and personalities. This conference explored these issues as well as opportunities for CSS and also highlighted examples from the New York metropolitan region which can offer lessons for future efforts. Guest speakers include: Honorable Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Executive; David Burwell, Prague Institute for Global Urban Development; Cynthia Nikitin, Project for Public Spaces; Craig Whitaker, NYU Wagner and Craig Whitaker Architects; and Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association.

Tuesday, April 26
Henry Hart Rice Urban Planning Forum: Joseph Salvo

Joseph Salvo, Director of the Population Division of the Department of City Planning, City of New York, discussed a new report he co-authored: "The Newest New Yorkers 2000: Immigrant New York in the New Millennium."

Wednesday, April 27
Investing in Public Value, American Support for the Arts

What should arts funding priorities be: Cultural institutions or grass-roots community organizations? Emerging or mid-career artists? Individual artists or arts groups? What value do arts programs add to society? The Student Network Exploring Art and Culture (SNEAC) brought together a distinguished panel of guests from private institutions from across New York City to answer these questions and more.










Tuesday, May 3
Capstone and Residency End Event

This End Event helped to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work done by our Capstone and Health Residency students and show thanks to the faculty and preceptors who have taught and guided them.



















Tuesday, July 19
Trends in organized crime and their impact on the post-Bubble Japanese economy

Kent Harrington examined the trends in organized crime and their impact on the post-Bubble Japanese economy, including the role of Chinese, Korean and other crime groups within and outside Japan. He presented some counter-intuitive policy judgments. Most important among them is the prescription that in dealing with organized crime the use of traditional law enforcement methods, including the often suggested RICO-like statutes that have worked well in the United States, are unlikely to be effective. Rather, he argued that developments over the last decade have shown that non-law enforcement policy initiatives in particular, market opening and deregulation represent the most powerful and effective tools for limiting, and even reversing the penetration of organized crime groups in the legitimate economy.

Thursday, July 21
Building a Safer World: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

The People Speak, The International Debate Education Association, and New York University's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness & Response held a discussion on Building a Safer World: Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction with Patrick Lamb, Senior Political Affairs Adviser, Department for Disarmament Affairs, The United Nations and Juan Larrain, Advisor to the Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, The United Nations. Moderated by Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner.



















Friday, September 9
Securing America in The 21st Century

NYU's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness & Response (CCPR) and the Center for National Policy (CNP), a public policy research center in Washington, DC, hosted a one-day conference providing a comprehensive review of the effort to secure America and win the war on terror. With the approach of the fourth anniversary of 9/11, leading academics, practitioners and decision makers convened at the NYU campus to review the progress made in securing America from the threat of future terrorist attacks.

Monday, September 12
Breakfast with DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall

New York City Department of Transportation's Commissioner, Iris Weinshall, spoke at a breakfast meeting at NYU Kimmel Center. Commissioner Weinshall shared her views regarding critical issues facing the New York City Department of Transportation.

Thursday, September 15
World Leadership Forum 2005

Topics include: the word from Wall Street: leading experts from Wall Street give a comprehensive assessment of the global economy; the rise of Asia: China and India: what this means for the future of U.S. foreign policy; energy and foreign policy: as competition for energy resources becomes more heated, trends in energy use and acquisition that will influence the future of international relations; the future of the UN: the proposed reforms that will alter the geopolitical landscape.

Thursday, September 15
Goal-Getters: Women Making Change for a Healthy, Sustainable Future

As world leaders met at the United Nations to discuss progress made toward the Millennium Development Goals, NYU's Center for Global Affairs and CARE International hosted a panel discussion featuring the people who are winning victories over poverty every day. Panelists discussed the critical role of women in development and hear about challenges and successes from leaders in the field.

Monday, September 19
The 11th Annual American Menopause Symposium: Prevention Medicine & Nutrition Myths & Truths

The topic this year was "Prevention Medicine & Nutrition Myths & Truths," presented by Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH. Dr. Katz is Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at Yale University and an Internist and Preventive Medicine Specialist. A nationally recognized nutrition expert, his research interests are in prevention of chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Thursday, September 29
Incarceration and Prisoner Re-entry Policy in America

The Wagner Policy Alliance and the NYU Press held a breakfast policy forum with Michael Jacobson, President of the Vera Institute of Justice; Wagner Alum Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College and author of But They All Come Back; and Wagner alum and NY Department of Correction and Probation Commissioner Martin Horn.










Monday, October 3
The Changing World: Pakistan and its Role in the Struggle against Terrorism

NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs began the first in a series of speaking engagements featuring senior international development policy makers and practitioners on key current issues and challenges. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, Consul General of Pakistan, New York, spoke about Pakistan and its role in the struggle against terrorism.

Tuesday, October 4
Political Expressions through Art

The Alliance of Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC) presented "Political Expressions through Art." This panel presentation & discussion addressed how art is used as a form of political expression and explored this form of expression from the perspective of various local artists as a means for social and policy change.

Friday, October 7
The Challenges of Higher Education in Hong Kong and China

City University of Hong Kong Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ian Holliday drew on his experiences leading the public policy and public administration programs in his school to address "The Challenges of Higher Education in Hong Kong and China." An Oxford trained political scientist, Dean Holliday was a Fulbright Scholar at Wagner from 1996-98.

Thursday, October 13
South African Local Government: The Limits of Institutional Reform

A discussion of the decentralization process in South Africa by Prof. Robert Cameron, the Head of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Wednesday, October 19
Oil Crisis: Are we ready to trade Black Gold for Green Power? Green Building October Forum

Cosponsored by NYU Wagner's Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA) and Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA), this forum explored how the lack of oil affects our oil-reliant modern society. Will we develop more sustainable forms of energy production? GreenHomeNYC joined in on an open discussion about how green energy will play a vital part in shaping our society in the years to come.

Thursday, October 27
International Development Work: A Discussion with the Open Society Institute

The International Public Service Association hosted a discussion with two Wagner alumnae on working in International Development at the Open Society Institute (OSI). The forum gave students an opportunity to have questions answered on what skills are needed in the field of international development. OSI is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

Thursday, October 27
If confidence in charities is the problem, is social entrepreneurship the answer?

Dr. Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner and Founding Principal Investigator of the Organizational Performance Initiative presented findings from his recent studies on American's confidence in charities. With Bill Drayton, CEO, Chair and Founder of the Ashoka Foundation, he explored the state of social entrepreneurship and discussed the potential for social entrepreneurship to serve as the answer to declining confidence in charities.










Monday, November 14
Changing World Seminar: Ambassador Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN

NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs presented a series of speaking engagements featuring senior international development policy makers and practitioners on key current issues and challenges. Ambassador Zarif has served in different senior positions in the Iranian Foreign Ministry and at various international organizations. His responsibility from 1992 until his appointment as Permanent Representative was Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs.

Monday, November 14
The Minority Within the Majority: A Conference to Explore the Jewish College Student Experience

Conference sessions explored aspects of the Jewish college student experience including but not limited to Jewish college student development, diversity among Jewish college students, and resources at a local and national level. This conference was open to anyone interested in engaging in a dialogue about and increasing sensitivity towards the Jewish college student experience.










Monday, December 5
Controversies in Making Aid Effective for Health

The talk was part of a series sponsored by New York University�s Masters Program in Global Public Health. Professor Bill Easterly of the NYU Department of Economics and other speakers discussed how financial frameworks for public sector spending and international donor assistance to low income countries are particularly important for development of the social sector in general and the health sector in particular.

Friday, December 9
Furman Center Fall 2005 Housing and Land Use Policy Breakfast

The Rudin Center invited a panel to consider the major proposals for resolving this tension in New York City: rezoning of non-residential land or underused residential land and reuse of obsolete or underused facilities. Efforts that have enjoyed some success in other jurisdictions but have received less attention in the City were also examined.

Friday, December 16
The High Cost of Free Parking

Donald C. Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, spoke about hidden costs of free parking as part of the Rudin Center's visiting scholar seminar series.