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03/06/2009 Transportation & Infrastructure Issues for the Next Decade

Co-sponsored by:
Princeton University's Policy Research Institute for the Region
NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management
Vorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School
of Planning and Public Policy

The current federal surface transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, expires in September 2009. This is a critical moment for the United States. Even as the economy weakens, its transportation infrastructure, which must bolster that economy, is failing. It is plagued by congestion, by deferred maintenance, and outdated and insufficient systems and infrastructure. At the same time, it faces new challenges related to energy security, the environment, and public health, not to mention how to pay for what is needed. All of these call for a shift in the way we approach transportation, and perhaps approach the next bill. This event will explore the status of the next bill, the potential for new sources of financing our transportation infrastructure, and the ways in which we may want to – and need to – link transportation to broader policy goals and legislation in energy, health, and the environment.



8:45 a.m. OPENING ADDRESS: Transportation and Infrastructure Needs for the Region

Honorable Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman of the Board, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (CONFIRMED)


Anne P. Canby, President, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (CONFIRMED)

Peter J. “Jack” Basso, Director of Program Finance and Management, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (CONFIRMED)

Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, and Director of Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (CONFIRMED)


Honorable Astrid C. Glynn, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of New York (CONFIRMED)

Honorable Stephen Dilts, Commissioner, Department of Transportation, State of New Jersey (CONFIRMED)

Honorable Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation (CONFIRMED)

Michael Replogle, Senior Fellow for Transportation Projects, Environmental Defense Fund (CONFIRMED)


Honorable Mortimer L. Downey, Chairman, Pb Consult, Inc. and former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (CONFIRMED)


Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning & Public Administration, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (CONFIRMED)

Robert B. Noland, Director, Voorhees Center, Rutgers University (CONFIRMED)

Ann Forsyth, Professor, City and Regional Planning, Cornell University (CONFIRMED)


03/05/2009 3rd Annual Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture: The Changing Face of Philanthropy

With keynote speaker, Jeffrey Solomon, president of The Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

03/05/2009 Disasters and Peacemaking: Creating Opportunities for Peace

Disasters and Peacemaking: Creating Opportunities for Peace with Michael Renner, Senior Researcher & Director, Global Security Project, Worldwatch Institute

03/04/2009 Doing More With Less: Can Jewish and Other Nonprofits Create Improvement Opportunities out of Economic Crisis?

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents:


Jacob B. (“Jack”) Ukeles, Ph.D. President, Ukeles Associates Inc.


Respondent: Barbara Cohn Berman, Director of the Fund for the City of New York’s Center on Government Performance and National Center for Civic Innovation.


Jack Ukeles played a key role in the turnaround of New York City’s government in the mid-seventies, serving as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Management Advisory Board, NYC’s 1st Deputy Director of Operations, and Deputy Director of the Emergency Financial Control Board.  He is the author of Doing More with Less; Turning Public Management Around (American Management Associations, 1982).

03/03/2009 Reynolds Speaker Series: Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green
02/27/2009 Lifting As We Climb: Achieving Change through Action

The NYU Black Graduate Student Alliance presents the third annual installment of the Lifting As We Climb series - an interactive panel discussion addressing the issues facing graduate students of color and the community beyond.


In the spirit of this year's theme, "Achieving Change Through Action", we will facilitate a discussion among professionals from various disciplines about how we, as graduate students and professionals, can define, identify, and implement change collectively as well as within our respective fields.


We hope that this event will generate a forum for continuous dialogue and inspire the realization of our potential to influence the society we live in today.


Panelists include:

- Michelle Bullock, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusiveness, Teach for America

- David G. Clunie, Attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton,Garrison LLP

- Reverend Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, The College and Community Fellowship


This is a collaboration of students of color from the NYU's Stern School of Business, the School of Law, and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Cocktail Reception is to follow at 8 p.m. at the Henry Kaufman Management Center Room 5-50, 44 West 4 Street, New York, NY, 10012

02/27/2009 From Vision to Reality: The MAIA Foundation and Reducing Maternal Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, NYU Wagner will welcome Barbara DeBuono, M.D., M.P.H, former Commissioner of Health for the New York State Department of Health, eight-year veteran of Pfizer, and co-founder of the MAIA Foundation, a non profit dedicated to improving the health and health literacy of women in sub-Saharan Africa.


Barbara and her sister Laureen, co-founder of MAIA and an NYU Law School grad, will discuss their program’s invaluable work in reducing maternal mortality and providing health education and life skills coaching in Uganda and Rwanda. Join us for a fascinating discussion on the ins and outs of establishing a fledgling non-profit, and how the DeBuono sister’s vision drives their work. A reception will follow the presentation.

02/27/2009 New Planner and Certifications Panel Discussion

Hosted by the APA NY Metro Chapter Student Relations Committee

Do you have questions about your next step after graduation? Would you like to learn more about the APA and planning-related certifications? Then join students and alumni from Columbia University, Hunter College, NYU Wagner and the Pratt Institute for an exciting event.

The panel will consist of recent graduates and alumni from the sponsoring planning programs who are members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and individuals with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.   A brief discussion will be followed by a question and answer period with the audience.  Event Registration starts at 4:15pm.




Then, please join us afterwards for the Young Planners Network Mixer, begins at 6pm - and the location will be announced at the panel discussion.

02/26/2009 Voting for Peace: Building Democracies in Post-Conflict Countries

Voting for Peace: Building Democracies in Post-Conflict Countries with Thomas Flores, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

02/25/2009 Dispatches from the War Room

Stanley Greenberg, one of the nation’s best-respected pollsters and political consultants, will be at Wagner on Feb. 25 to discuss his just-published book, “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.”  Based on his work with US President Bill Clinton, South African President Nelson Mandela, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, Greenberg will share personal experiences as well as insightful reflections on leadership, democracy, and the (blurred) lines between campaigning and governing.

02/25/2009 Councilmember Tony Avella

Councilmember Tony Avella

02/23/2009 Critical Perspectives in Policy Formation:

The Impact of Race, Class, Gender and Other Markers of Difference on Policymaking at the Local, State, and National Levels (Brown-Bag Lunch Panel Discussion)

Hosted by NYU Wagner's Women of Color Policy Network

There are a variety of factors and influences that shape the policymaking process and public policy outcomes at the local, state and national levels including the contour and histories of public and private institutions; historic and present day attitudes and perceptions about race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other markers of difference; and research and available data on groups and communities. This panel will critically examine the gap between public policy formulation and enactment and the lived experiences of women of color, low-income individuals, and middle-class families. Panelists will also discuss challenges as well as strategies for creating inclusive and representative public policies in the new Administration.

Rachelle Brun – Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Wagner

Ingrid Ellen Gould – Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, NYU Wagner
Jose Garcia- Associate Director for Research and Policy, Demos
Jessica Gonzalez Rojas -Deputy Director,National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Makani Themba – Executive Director, The Praxis Project

C. Nicole Mason – Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network (moderator)


02/20/2009 Part II: Microfinance Initiatives and their Role in Global Health

Part II: Microfinance Initiatives and their Role in Global Health

Microfinance has made quite an impact on the lives of the poor in many countries, as has been well documented.  Presenters will discuss the primary links between health and microfinance, and which financial products may best impact health outcomes.  Micro-insurance and prepaid health savings accounts will be highlighted. 

02/20/2009 Social Change Organizations and Public Leadership: The Role of Social Change Leadership in Deepening Democracy

Thank  you for your interest, however THIS EVENT IS NOW  FULL.

Please e-mail AiLun Ku at to be put on the waiting list.  Thank you.

02/19/2009 Sustainability Across Africa

Presented by: National Geographic Adventure and sponsored at NYU by Wagner Environmental Policy and Action and the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. 

With Rob Holmes, Founder & President, Green Living Project


The “Green Living Project™ Event Series” is an inspiring multi-media presentation which features unique sustainability projects across Africa. Experience the team's journey across East Africa visiting eco-tourism, wildlife conservation, renewable energy, and community development programs including rhino sanctuaries, hyena projects, and new eco-lodges in Uganda; gorilla conservation and coffee bikes in Rwanda; schools, wildlife management, and cool farm-based lodges Tanzania. Join us to learn about sustainable living and responsible travel and how you can get directly involved with each of these exciting projects. 


This special event also features free door prizes and entry to win gear from National Geographic Adventure, Timberland, Gregory, Keen, Chaco, Lonely Planet, and ExOfficio.

02/19/2009 Challenges and Hope for Development: The Case of Rwanda and Darfur Survivors

Challenges and Hope for Development: The Case for Rwanda and Darfur Survivors with Mary Kayitesi Blewitt, OBE, Founder and Director, Survivors Fund;  Swiss Govt. nominee for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005

02/18/2009 The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji: Christiane Amanpour
02/18/2009 Food, Fuel and Finance: Public Forum on Global Crisis

Co-sponsored by NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs, NYU Wagner's Health Program, NYU's Master's Program in Global Public Health, The Nation, Globalizations International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association, Routledge

While the global financial crisis currently dominates the front pages, it has displaced global crises of fuel prices and access to food. Join a discussion that explores the relationship between these three crises, the policy solutions necessary for an effective response, and the social transformations that will likely ensue.

- Walden Bello, executive director of Focus on the Global South and professor of sociology at the University of the Philippines, and author of Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy
- Jun Borras, Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Canada, co-editor of Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization
- Barry Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University, editor of The Clash of Globalizations: 'Empire' or 'Cosmopolis'
- Frances Moore Lappe, co-founder of the Small Planet Institute and author of Diet for a Small Planet and co-author of Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet.

02/13/2009 Sons of Lwala Film Screening

The Global Health Alliance of New York University is pleased to present the film Sons Of Lwala on Friday, February 13, 2009. Sons of Lwala follows the lives of two Kenyan brothers who have made their way to medical school in the United States from their small rural village, Lwala. While they pursue their studies they also take on the ambitious task of building a health clinic in Lwala. The village has had no access to medical care despite the high rates of HIV/AIDS and illness in the community.

Please join us for the film screening which will be followed by a discussion session with representatives from the Lwala Community Alliance which supports the clinic documented in the film. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Lwala Community Alliance.

02/12/2009 Are We There Yet: Affirmative Action in the Age of Obama

Hosted by the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner

Over the last decade, affirmative action policies and similar legislation aimed at leveling the playing field for women and racial and ethnic minorities have been significantly rolled back with three states—California, Washington, and Michigan passing laws that ban affirmative action. In fact, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States has many wondering about the future and need for public policies and legislation that attempt to address issues of racial and gender discrimination. This moderated discussion between Alan Jenkins, President of the Opportunity Agenda and John Payton, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund will explore the shifting public debate on the role of race in American society and Politics.

02/12/2009 Reproductive Health of War-Affected Populations: What Do We Know?

Reproductive Health of War-Affected Populations: What Do We Know? with Therese McGinn, Associate Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health, and Director, Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

02/10/2009 Reynolds Speaker Series: Peter Thum, Founder of Ethos Water
02/05/2009 State of the City 2009

Sponsored by the NYU Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA) and Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

New York City saw unprecedented events in 2008, and the effects of those events will be felt for years. Will New York City face another fiscal crisis, 1970s-style? Will the City be forced to cut services or increase taxes, or both? What will happen to tourism? To crime? To education? To the long term vision for New York that Mayor Bloomberg outlined in PlaNYC?

Please join the Wagner community and expert panelists on New York City government for a discussion on the long and short term impacts, as outlined in the State of the City address and FY2009 budget, of Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda for New York City in 2009. This is an event not to be missed - the Mayor’s 2009 plan will greatly impact every sector and citizen in New York City.

Panelists include:
- Larian Angelou, Deputy Director of the New York City Office of Management and Budget
- Charles Brecher, NYU Wagner Professor of Public and Health Administration; Research Director for the Citizens Budget Commission

- Frankie Edozien, NYU Carter Institute Professor of Journalism; Former City Hall Reporter for the New York Post
- Preston Niblack, Director of Finance, New York City Council

- Doug Turetsky, Communications Director for New York City's Independent Budget Office

Moderated by Mitchell Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner

02/05/2009 Where Has the Russian "Mafiya" Gone? And Should We Care?

Where has the Russian 'Mafiya' Gone? And Should We Care? with Mark Galeotti, Clinical Associate Professor, Center for Global Affairs

02/04/2009 Women and Leadership: How to Differentiate Yourself Early in Your Healthcare Career

Sponsored by NYU Wagner Women's Caucus and ACHE/HLNY

There has been much attention paid to the role of women as leaders and administrators in the healthcare workforce in recent media publications.  For perhaps the first time, many young women are entering the healthcare field with advanced-level degrees in business administration, public health, public policy, etc.  This is in contrast with the first generation of women healthcare leaders who, in general, started their careers as providers, most notably as nurses, before transferring their skills to more administrative roles.  This panel discussion will speak directly to female students who are interested in hearing stories from the front lines of healthcare from the perspective of other healthcare careerists. 



Mara Bloom (Wagner alumna), New York-Presbyterian Health System
Shawna Koch, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, LLP
Beth St. James (Wagner alumna), Mount Sinai
Adam Weinstein, New York Hospital Queens
Betty Wilber, Mount Sinai

Moderated by Angela Salerni, Mount Sinai