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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.

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.

04/23/2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with John White, LA State Superintendent of Education

2012 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum

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. 
04/21/2012 Building a Bike-Friendly Business District in the LES

Building a Bike-Friendly Business District in the LES

An Outreach Event with Transportation Alternatives

Join the Wagner Transportation Association and Transportation Alternatives in building support for one the nation’s first Bike-Friendly Business Districts! As you know, bicycle use and infrastructure improvements in NYC have exploded over the past few years, but that hasn’t come without some battles. In order to win even more improvements, TA has begun identifying bike-friendly businesses throughout the city, and has its eyes set on declaring the Lower East Side a bike-friendly district. To help with this initiative, we’re organizing a Day of Service to canvass small businesses and educate them about how they can support bicycling in the city. We’ll meet at the TA offices at 1 PM on Saturday, April 21st for training & lunch, then head back to the LES for the canvass. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and will make bicycling in NYC even better. Please RSVP by April 18th. To check out the current list of bike-friendly businesses and learn more, visit

04/20/2012 Arcology, Arcosanti and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri – Towards Genuine Long-Term Sustainability

Arcology, Arcosanti and the Ecological Cities of Paolo Soleri – Towards Genuine Long-Term Sustainability

Co-sponosroed by the Wagner Transportation Association (WTA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Arcology is architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri’s concept of cities which embody the fusion of architecture with ecology. It proposes a highly integrated and compact three-dimensional urban form that is the antithesis of urban sprawl. By foregoing the automobile and minimizing destruction of the surrounding ecology, and by incorporating extensive terraced solar greenhouses and energy production, arcologies provide for highly pedestrian cities which maximize urban functioning while dramatically minimizing energy and resource consumption and waste. Arcosanti is the prototype arcology being built in Arizona.

George Kosmides, who will provide the discussion of Paolo Soleri, is President of Noospherics Technologies, Inc, and the former staff electrical engineer at Arcosanti. He still works with the Arcosanti staff on an ongoing basis, as well as with a range of leading edge solar and wind energy development projects.

04/19/2012 Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

The Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA) of the Robert F. Wagner School, at NYU presents
Critical Trans Politics: Dean Spade in Conversation with Andrea Ritchie and Reina Gossett

Join us in a celebration of Dean Spade's recently released book: 'Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law' (South End Press) in conversation with Andrea Ritchie, co-author (along with Joey L. Mogul and Kay Whitlock) of 'Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States,’ and Reina Gossett, contributing writer to ‘Captive Genders.’ The overlapping themes of these authors' books and life-work should yield a deep discussion around LGBT policy, law, and justice issues in the US.

The event is free and open to the public.

Date/Time: April 19th, 2012, 530pm - 730pm
Location: Room 214, Furman Hall @ NYU

Co-Sponsored by: OUTlaw, SCJR, NYU LGBT office, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

About the speakers:

Dean Spade is assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law, teaching administrative law, poverty law, and law and social movements. In 2002 he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a nonprofit law collective that provides free legal help to intersex, trans, and gender nonconforming low-income people and people of color and works to build racial and economic justice-centered trans resistance. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law (South End Press, 2011).

Andrea Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City. She co-coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and is co-author, along with Joey L. Mogul and Kay Whitlock, of "Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People" in the United States (Beacon Press 2011).

Reina Gossett is an activist living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Currently Reina works at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project as Membership Director and formerly directed the Welfare Organizing Project at Queers for Economic Justice and was a Soros Justice Fellow on staff at Critical Resistance. She is a contributing writer for Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & the Prison Industrial Complex and believes imagination and creativity are vital for creating strong social movements for self determination & liberation.

04/19/2012 The Rescuers

The Rescuers

Presented by Wagner Student Association for Africa, Jewish Wagner Professional Association, and Asian Pacific American Student Alliance

Film Screening: THE RESCUERS, the latest film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 heroic and courageous diplomats who, at tremendous personal cost, saved tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The film follows Wagner's very own Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in the Rwandan Genocide of the 1990s, and Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned 20th century and Holocaust historian, as they travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats. Nyombayire and Gilbert explore and contemplate the past in a quest, in part, to understand what should be done to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. Visit for more information.

The film screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Stephanie and others involved in making the film.

04/18/2012 Using ‘Softer’ Interventions for Technological Innovation in Climate Change
Using ‘Softer’ Interventions for Technological Innovation in Climate Change Maryam Hariri, Visiting Fellow, the Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Amsterdam VU

Technological solutions to climate change threats have traditionally focused on protection and prevention through “hard” (engineering-oriented) solutions (i.e. building dykes). More recently, however, there has been a shift towards  “softer” (ecologically-oriented) interventions that replicate and/or enhance nature to increase resiliency – an approach sometimes referred to as “building with nature.” This lecture will focus on the intersection of technological innovations and climate adaptation in urban environments. It will use New York City and Amsterdam as case studies.

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Evening Reception

Evening Reception at Dove Parlour

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: World Cafe

World Café Discussion over Coffee

The World Café will offer conference participants an opportunity to reflect on the panels and forums they attended throughout the day and engage in a facilitated small-group dialogue to uncover key themes and takeaways. Moderated by Natasha Iskander, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner.

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Afternoon Forum - Just Hype? Social Media, Tech, & the Arab Spring

Afternoon Forum - Just Hype? Social Media, Tech, & the Arab Spring

with David Keyes, Co-founder,; Zack Brisson, Co-founder,; and Ahed Al Hendi, Founder, Syrian Youth for Justice.

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Afternoon Forum - Social Media & Social Change

Afternoon Forum - Social Media & Social Change

with Trinh Nguyen, Program Manager, Viet Tan; Justin Wedes, Occupy Wall Street Media Team and Dana Variano, Communications Strategist, Breakthrough.

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Afternoon Forum - How-To: Social Media for Your Cause

Afternoon Forum - How-To: Social Media for Your Cause

with David Aglar, Vice President for Digital Strategy at Weber Shandwick

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Keynote Address and Discussion

Keynote Address and Discussion

with Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping and Partnerships at Ushahidi

04/13/2012 IPSA 2012 Conference: Morning Forum - Women Creating Change

Morning Forum - Women Creating Change

with Dr. Sylvia Maier, Center for Global Affairs and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU;  Yassine Fall, Acting Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women at UN Women;  Solmaz Sharif, Iranian Journalist and BBC correspondent; and moderated by Colleen Schwartz Coffey, Director of Communications at NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action.

04/11/2012 Annual Wagner International Alumni Night

Annual Wagner International Alumni Night

Wagner International Student Society (WISS) sincerely invites you to Annual Wagner International Alumni Night. We are enthusiastic to provide a great opportunity for you to both reunions with peer international alumni, and share your stories with fellow Wagner international students. The event will take place at April 11 (Wednesday) 6-8pm, Rudin Conference Room.

04/11/2012 Increasing Parent Engagement In Education

Increasing Parent Engagement In Education

Wednesday, April 11th at 11:30am
Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room

Please bring your lunch and join WEPSA as our speakers engage in a discussion of two unique models for increasing parental involvement in education.

Despite being a required component of many school improvement initiatives - from Title I Schoolwide Programs to federally mandated school improvement plans, parent involvement continues to challenge practitioners engaged in school reform. The benefits of parent involvement are clear: A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves behavior and attendance and has positive effects on student achievement. Yet many schools and education programs continue to struggle with defining and measuring meaningful parent involvement.

Saskia Traill, VP, Policy & Research at The After-School Corporation (TASC)

Nora Abramson, Director of Communications & Research for iZone360, NYCDOE Office of Innovation
  Tracy McClaire, Parent Coordinator from West Side Collaborative Middle School

The After School Program
Founded in 1998, TASC was the first nonprofit organization to set out to build a citywide K-12 after-school system. TASC created a model for daily after-school programs called ExpandED that expands the school-day by roughly three-hours and works with community organizations in partnership with schools, offering kids sports, arts, academic help and support for their healthy social and emotional development. TASC received a grant from The New York Times foundation in 2006 to examine how their sites can successfully engage parents in after-school programs.

DOE iZone
The iZone aims to increase student achievement in K-12, college and career by supporting innovative educational models that will best meet the needs, motivations and strengths of each student. The iZone engages with parent coordinators to support student achievement.

West Side Collaborative Middle School
WSC is one of the few middle-schools selected to pilot innovative time and staffing schedules as well as technology curriculum as members of the DOE’s iZone.

04/11/2012 Think Tank 2.0: New Leadership for a New Vision?

Think Tank 2.0: New Leadership for a New Vision?
A conversation with four thought leaders for the 21st century

Recent months have seen leadership transitions at four of the most prominent U.S. public policy institutes:

Janice Nittoli at the Century Foundation
Neera Tanden at the  Center for American Progress
Sarah Rosen Wartell at the Urban Institute
Felicia Wong at the Roosevelt Institute

This moment of generational change, in which women of the post-baby boom age, two of them people of color, now lead in a field traditionally dominated by white men, is a good time to take a look at where the American think tank is going at a time of disillusionment with politics, renewed debate about the role of government, and a 24-7 information environment which demands different approaches to intellectual and public discourse.

Join Gara LaMarche, Senior Fellow at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, for a public conversation with these four new leaders.

A light breakfast will be served.

04/09/2012 Short Talks, Big Ideas: Transportation at the Tech Frontier

Short Talks, Big Ideas: Transportation at the Tech Frontier

Presented by Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management

How is cutting-edge technology bringing us into the new frontier of transportation? Join us for a fun, engaging, fast-paced event, with several speakers making short presentations about their tech-enabled and optimistic projects and theories, followed by networking and refreshments. Confirmed speakers include:
Anthony Townsend, Institute for the Future/Rudin Center: Limits of the Untethered City
Andrew Mondschein, The Rudin Center: Social Travel in the Era of the Smartphone
Frank Hebbert, OpenPlans: The Collaborative City Plan
Sophia Choi, NYC DOT: Taxi GPS Data and The Breadcrumb Project
• Mark Krawczuk,, L Train Notwork
Elizabeth Paul, MTA: The Future of New Fare Payment Systems
John Geraci, faberNovel: Getting Around Cities
Lizzy Showman and Kathleen Fitzgerald, School of Visual Arts: I Heart M15

04/06/2012 IPSA's Fair Trade Fashion Show

IPSA's Fair Trade Fashion Show

IPSA has been proud to bring several fair trade food producers and sellers to campus to educate us about fair trade practices in the agricultural world, from cocoa to coffee. Through these events, we've learned the importance of fair trade in ensuring livable wages to the workers, safe working conditions, and employing environmentally sound company practices. But fair trade is not just about food. Everything from the clothes we wear to the pens we write with have impacts on the workers who make them. We are excited to partner with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition to bring local fashion designers who adhere to Fair Trade business practices in their production of clothing, jewelry and accessories. At the Fair Trade Fashion Show, you will have the opportunity to learn about these designers and also see models (all Wagner students) wearing their pieces. Join us for a night of fun, fashion, and fair trade!

Designers featured: Soham Dave, Rising Tide Fair Trade, Pokuasi, KNO Clothing, Cambodian Threads, Global Goods Partners, Marquet, and My Fair Label.

Food: Fair trade fruit trays and a table for Kopali Organics (chocolate dessert samples), and Fair Trade wine from Fairhills Fairtrade Wines.

04/06/2012 APASA/WISS Presents the Chinese Calligraphy: The Art of Writing (may subject to change)

APASA/WISS Presents the Chinese Calligraphy: The Art of Writing

10 minutes presentation of Calligraphy art, followed up with 45 minutes of live calligraphy show, teaching and interaction with participants.

We plan to sell the artwork afterwards too to fundraise for Wagner Class 2012.

04/05/2012 16th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Empowering Nurse Leaders in Hospitals

16 Annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum:
Empowering Nurse Leaders in Hospitals This Forum features a nurse leader and a management researcher who will speak on how hospitals can empower nurse leaders to accomplish organizational mission.


Cindy A. Czaplinski, RN, MSN, NE-BC
Administrative Director, Oncology and ICU
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT

Ingrid Nembhard, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Management,
Yale University

Moderated by:
Anthony Kovner, PhD Professor of Public and Health Management, 
NYU Wagner

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Dialogue

Seating is limited.

04/04/2012 Opening Reception for "I will show you fear in a handful of dust: An Earth Day Exhibit" at the Gallery Space at Wagner
Opening Reception for "I will show you fear in a handful of dust: An Earth Day Exhibit" at the Gallery Space at Wagner  

The Gallery Space at Wagner is pleased to announce the opening reception for "I will show you fear in a handful of dust: An Earth Day Exhibit," our Spring-2012 exhibition featuring paintings and installation work by New York City artist Erick Sánchez.

Staged in commemoration of international Earth Day and NYU Earth Week, the project was conceived as a visual manifesto—a display about the perils of man-originated ecological disturbances and the urgency for intensified environmental conservation efforts. With this series Sánchez gives shape to a fragile space consumed by globalization, industrialization, global warming, and other consequences of human behavior and the concomitant natural disasters. The four semi-figurative landscapes resulting from these explorations are impactful, deliberately cautionary in tone, and executed with assertive brush stroking and inventive medium combinations.

"I will show you fear in a handful of dust" is presented by the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in partnership with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Wagner Environmental Policy & Action (WEPA). The exhibit is co-sponsored by NYU Sustainability/Earth Week and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).
A related panel discussion on environmental and climate change issues will also take place at the site of the exhibit at a later date (details to be announced).

04/04/2012 House Resolution 7 - The Future of Federal Transportation Spending

House Resolution 7 - The Future of Federal Transportation Spending

Presented by Wagner Transportation Association

Please join us for a special talk with Jon Orcutt, NYC DOT Policy Director and Wagner School Adjunct Professor, and Linda Bailey, NYC DOT Federal Programs Adviser, about the politics surrounding HR7, the recently introduced House Bill which would imperil funding for public transit, pedestrian, and cycling projects. The bill has provoked a large backlash and has raised questions about the political viability of sustainable, non-motorized transportation.

04/04/2012 Danger: EAT at Your Own Risk

Danger: EAT at Your Own Risk

Wagner Food Policy Alliance Brown Bag with Lauren Bush
Rudin Forum
Wednesday, April 4 ~ 12-1 PM

"Each year, one in six Americans — 48 million people — gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Ineffective food safety practices often fail to detect foodborne disease outbreaks and often nobody knows why people get sick or what food to blame.*

Join Wagner graduate student Lauren Bush as she discusses her personal story of foodborne illness and the advocacy role she has since taken in the food safety campaign. After eating a bowl of contaminated spinach, Lauren was out four months of her life and her insurance company had to pay $50,000 in medical bills. Lauren will share her story and shed light on our nation's food safety system and the policy debates, as well as ways for students to inform themselves on these issues.

*Read more on the News 21, How Safe is Your Food site at and listen to Lauren at