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09/13/2013 The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Join us on September 13, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm, for a rare U.S. screening of the director's cut and discussion of the highly acclaimed film "The Act of Killing." This important and hauntingly original documentary portrays the 1965 state-sponsored mass killings in Indonesia, from the killers' point of view. The film has received five-star reviews and accolades from a myriad of publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, Variety and others. As The Boston Globe's Janice Page writes, "See this film. I can't be any more direct."

Following the screening, we'll host a discussion with one of Indonesia's leading writers, Laksmi Pamuntjak, on the film's impact in Indonesia. Laksmi is the author of the best-selling novel Amba, which also revolves around the mass killings of 1965, and she is part of a growing effort to recover Indonesia's hidden history. Amba will appear in English this year under the title, The Question of Red.

Refreshments will be served.

Film screening: 1:30pm - 4:15pm
Discussion: 4:15pm - 5:00pm

About the film:

In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers, and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.

"An extraordinary portrayal of genocide. To the inevitable question: what were they thinking, Joshua Oppenheimer provides an answer. It starts as a dreamscape, an attempt to allow the perpetrators to reenact what they did, and then something truly amazing happens. The dream dissolves into nightmare and then into bitter reality. An amazing and impressive film."
- Errol Morris

To read more about the film and director's cut, visit the following links:

09/12/2013 Rudin Breakfast Series: Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead: A Context for the Next Twenty Year Needs

Join the Rudin Center and the MTA's Director of Special Project Development & Planning, William Wheeler, for a discussion on MTA's changing ridership patterns and growing transit demands.

09/10/2013 Conflict, Security and Development Series - Fall 2013 - Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Security Council – Implications for the Protection of Civilians Agenda

Conflict-related Sexual Violence and the Security Council – Implications for the Protection of Civilians Agenda
with Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Peace and Security, UN Women

09/09/2013 Launch of the Asian Development Bank’s Report: Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

Launch of the Asian Development Bank’s Report: Food Security in Asia and the Pacific
Presented by NYU Wagner's Office for International Programs and the Wagner Food Policy Alliance

In Asia and the Pacific, food security is being fundamentally altered, as patterns of food consumption and production change alongside global trends—like climate change—in sustaining agricultural output. After 2 decades of positive change, the region is still home to more than 60% of the world’s hungry.

Join us for an intimate discussion with Cyn-Young Park. As Assistant Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division at the ADB, Mr. Park led the team that produced the recent and important report, "Food Security in Asia and the Pacific." The discussion with include a conversation on the potential policy solutions to achieving food security in the region.

09/06/2013 Policy Memo Bootcamp: 60 minutes of tips and trick to help you master the memo

Policy Memo Bootcamp: 60 minutes of tips and trick to help you master the memo

Join Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Scott Fritzen for a special presentation on policy memo writing.

08/19/2013 Policies and Resources Orientation August 2013

Policies and Resources Orientation

The Policies and Resources Orientation is designed to help you learn more about your program of study and to get oriented to important policies, procedures, and resources at Wagner and NYU. This session, held at Wagner, will be one and a half hours long and include time for questions.

07/12/2013 Admissions Information Session
06/28/2013 Admissions Information Session
06/18/2013 New York University Graduate Admissions Event for Veterans
05/14/2013 Public Forum: Infrastructure
05/14/2013 Capstone Expo

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service proudly presents the

2013 Capstone Expo

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Reception to Follow
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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.

05/10/2013 College & Career Readiness Brown Bag Event

College & Career Readiness Brown Bag Event
Presented by the Wagner Educational Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

Though the number of students graduating high school and aspiring towards college has risen, college graduation rates remain flat, leading policy makers to shift their focus from high school graduation to college readiness. But what does college readiness really mean? How can it be measured? And how can policy-makers use college-ready indicators to help bridge the aspirations-attainment gap?

Vanessa Coca, Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellow, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, will introduce these topics and lead brown-bag participants in a hands-on look at how college-ready indicators are used in New York City.

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools conducts rigorous studies on topics that matter to the city’s public schools. The Research Alliance strives to advance equity and excellence in education by providing non-partisan evidence about policies and practices that promote students' development and academic success.

05/10/2013 Is Fair Trade Really Fair? The $6.6 Billion Debate

Is Fair Trade Really Fair? The $6.6 Billion Debate
Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA)

Does Fair Trade Certification help farmers? Or are companies really the ones reaping the benefits from the Certification label that purports to impact lives and protect the environment? Join International Development Professor John Gershman and the International Public Service Association (IPSA) in a discussion of the merits and challenges of Fair Trade sourcing as a corporate sustainability practice. Attendees peruse several short articles before the reading group meets to become acquainted with the topic (optional). Refreshments and wine will be served.

05/08/2013 New York City's Crime Decline in the Age of Stop & Frisk
05/07/2013 The Use of Economic Statecraft in Overcoming Political Impasse in North Africa

The Use of Economic Statecraft in Overcoming Political Impasse in North Africa

with Julie Egan, visiting professor, NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, U.S. Department of State

05/06/2013 Salesforce Workshop Part Deux

Salesforce Workshop Part Deux
Presented by wagner+

Did you know over 18,000 nonprofits use Salesforce? Come add an in-demand tech skill to your resume with our workshop!

Part Two of our Salesforce Workshop taught by Professor Patrick Yurgosky will be held Monday, May 6th, 6-8pm, in the Mulberry Conference Room in Puck.

Please bring your own laptop. Snacks and good company will be provided.


If you missed Part One, easily catch up by:

1) Signing up on the website

2) Completing tutorial 1 and 2 in the Salesforce workbook:

05/06/2013 How Can Africans Unite? Open Dialogue

How Can Africans Unite? Open Dialogue
Presented by the Wagner Student Association for Africa (WSAFA)
Co-sponsored by the Africans Views Organization, AAVOON Computer Solution, and
the AfriMETRO Organization

Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere confessed during the his 21st century African Unity Speech on 6 March 1997 in Accra that the African states' independent founding fathers did not pursue the objective of African unity with the vigor, commitment and sincerity that it deserved.

The first President and Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, said that 'the People of Africa are crying for unity.

Unity seems just as relevant now, as it was then. Nelson Mandela has a dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of the continent. But the question remains after the feel-good poetry has waned, how can Africans unite? This is the question in mind of most Intelligent Africans all over the world.

How can Africans unite? The unity people are demanding is not that of cultural homogeneity, but that of cultural diversity. Some are even saying there is no need for leaders, just functional systems. Many are looking for unity beyond the oceans. These conversations have already started in many academic places.

Please join us in this open dialogue as we explore the most objective mechanism for achieving the goal of a politically and economically united Africa in this generation.

05/03/2013 Sustainable Sweets: A Conversation with Fair Trade Cocoa Farmers & Oikocredit

Sustainable Sweets: A Conversation with Fair Trade Cocoa Farmers & Oikocredit

Join Divine Chocolate, the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA), the International Public Service Association (IPSA), and Oikocredit USA in a presentation and discussion with members of the Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Cooperative.

Ghana is the world's second largest producer of cocoa after Ivory Coast and cocoa is its largest agricultural export. Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa farmers' cooperative founded in 1993 and now represents over 65,000 cocoa farmer households. It is the major fair trade farmers cooperative in cocoa and in 1998, Kuapa Kokoo, in partnership with other organizations, formed its own marketing organization, Divine Chocolate, which markets fair trade chocolate products worldwide. Established first in the UK, its subsidiary Divine Chocolate-USA was established in 2007, and the cooperative owns nearly half of the company . Since its founding, Kuapa Kokoo has enforced gender quotas for representation at all levels of governance.

Come and hear directly from two cocoa farmers and leading members of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative. Additionally, someone from Oikocredit USA, a worldwide financial cooperative, will speak about its partnership with Kuapa Kokoo, which enables sustainable agriculture and income generation through microcredit.

Divine Chocolate and wine will be served.

05/03/2013 Wagner Philanthropy Conference 2013

Wagner Philanthropy Conference 2013

At Wagner Philanthropy's inaugural conference, attendees will analyze the role of philanthropy in a wide range of sectors, develop concrete grantmaking and fundraising skills, explore potential career paths, and build a community committed to a common interest in philanthropy. This conference is for students at NYU Wagner, NYU and universities in New York City who are interested in philanthropy; early-to-mid career fundraising and grantmaking professionals; and students of other disciplines interested in how philanthropy will impact the policies, management and financial health of their careers and fields of interests.

For more information, please visit

05/02/2013 IPSA's 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show

IPSA's 2nd Annual Fair Trade Fashion Show

NYU Wagner’s International Public Service Association is 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. Come and learn about these amazing designers, vendors, and watch Wagner students strut their inner model down the runway! Join us for a night of fair trade fashion, food, shopping and fun!

Fair trade is a system of exchange that ensures livable wages to the workers, safe working conditions, and employing environmentally sound company practices. Typically when we think of ‘fair trade’ practices, agricultural products from bananas to coffee come to mind, 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.

Designers featured: Mccoll&Clan, Tori Famuyiwa, ReciclaGEM and Reborn.
Vendors featured: Nuts+Nuts, Pokuasi, Kopali Organics, Retalhos Cariocas, Urban Mano Maya, Mushmina, Work Shelter and The Lotus Oddesy, Tout le Monde, Divine Chocolate, Runa Tea, Marquet, Global Goods Partners, and Handcraft Justice, among others.   
04/29/2013 The Castle II: An Evening with The Fortune Society

The Castle II: An Evening with The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service present a production of the off-Broadway show Variety Magazine calls "profoundly eloquent."

The Castle II tells the story of four formerly imprisoned New Yorkers, with a total of 60 years of incarceration. Conceived and directed by Fortune Society founder David Rothenberg, and performed by those who lived the stories, these individuals share their stunningly raw journeys through crime, privation and redemption, all tied together by their shared time at The Fortune Society's flagship residential facility in Harlem, The Fortune Academy (a.k.a. "The Castle").

After the show, join us for a cocktail hour and an open dialogue about the work Fortune Society is doing to help Open the Door for individuals re-entering society.

About The Fortune Society
The Fortune Society is a nationally renowned prisoner re-entry support organization founded in New York City in 1969.  Its mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.

Fortune Society serves more than 3,000 men and women annually through programs including Alternatives to Incarceration, drop-in services, employment and training services, education, family and health services, housing options and substance abuse treatment.

Co-sponsored by Students for Criminal Justice Reform

04/24/2013 ASPA Career Panel, Board Meeting and Professional Networking

American Society for Public Administration Career Panel, Board Meeting, and Professional Networking
Presented by Wagner Management and Leadership Organization

Join WMLO and the NY Metro chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for a career panel featuring local professionals followed by an ASPA board meeting and networking event. The career panel will feature ASPA members' diverse professions in NY and the role their ASPA membership has played. The panel will be followed by the monthly ASPA board meeting and networking with local members. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about ASPA and engage with accomplished professionals.

Panelists include:
- Patricia M. Araujo, Federal  Mediator, U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York District Office
- William Ciaccio, Senior Director, Metropolitan Transit Authority New York City Transit
- Sheila Johnson, ASPA President, New York Metropolitan Chapter; Associate, Morgan Stanley; and Adjunct Lecturer of Public Administration, City University of New York 
- Carla Lewis-Irizarry, Brooklyn College Adjunct Lecturer, State Council Member, NYS Independent Living Council
- Jonathan Vega, Supervising Investigator, New York City Department of Buildings and ASPA Board Member New York Metropolitan Chapter

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is a national professional organization dedicated to better government and excellence in the public service. Established in 1939, ASPA is the largest and most prominent professional association in the field of public administration with a diverse membership of more than 10,000 practitioners, academicians and students.

For more information, click here.

04/22/2013 Public Forum: Housing and Hurricane Sandy
04/19/2013 Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance

Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance
Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Urban Planning Student Association (UPSA)

Please join IPSA on April 19th from 5pm to 6:30pm for a special event entitled: "Thinking Outside the Tent: Using Urban Planning in Post-Disaster Settings to Create Innovations in Humanitarian Assistance". The event features Charles A. Setchell, Senior Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He will be discussing innovative response mechanisms post disaster, through an urban planning perspective. From neighborhood approaches, community planning, and host family innovations, Setchell draws on experience from Haiti, to Afghanistan, Honduras to Indonesia.

04/18/2013 Local Governance & Food Systems

Local Governance and Food Systems
Presented by NYU Food Law, Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Green Rabbits, and the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

As enthusiasm for building sustainable local food systems continues to grow, the discussion is starting to shift from a focus on entrepreneurship and enlightened consumerism to the need for civic engagement around food issues. In response to this need for collaborative problem-solving in the public sphere, the number of food policy councils in North America has nearly doubled in the past two years, reaching almost 200, and a growing number of municipalities are actively engaged in food systems planning. New York City is at the forefront of this movement and this panel brings together some of the city’s leading figures in food policy and planning to discuss the role of local governance in building sustainable food systems.

-Mark Izeman (NYU Law alumnus), Senior Attorney and Director of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s New York Urban Program.
-Kim Kessler (NYU Law alumna), Food Policy Coordinator, Mayor Bloomberg’s Office
-Nevin Cohen, Professor of Urban and Environmental Studies, The New School
-Beatriz Beckford, Director of Organizing & Policy, Brooklyn Food Coalition
-Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

Light snacks will be provided by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43