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10/14/2010 Reconciling Race, the Church, and Sexual Violence: Canada's Truth-seeking Experience

Reconciling Race, the Church, and Sexual Violence: Canada's Truth-seeking Experience

Paul Van Zyl, professor of Transitional Justice, NYU School of Law and Eduardo Gonzalez,  director of Truth-seeking Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice

Beginning in 1874 and for more than a century, state authorities removed indigenous Canadian children from their communities and placed them in church-run Indian Residential Schools to promote assimilation. By 1920 their attendance was compulsory, speaking Aboriginal languages in the schools was prohibited, and indigenous cultural practices were suppressed. Many students suffered abuse in the schools.

In 2006 the federal government agreed to a package of reparations for school survivors, the estimated $2 billion Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. This discussion examines this agreement, one of the first attempts to comprehensively address legacies of abuse in an established democracy.

10/14/2010 Doctoral Program Brown Bag

Thinking about Getting a PhD? Come to a Brown Bag on Doctoral Programs

Wondering if a PhD might be right for you? Curious about what's involved in applying?   Not sure what kinds of jobs a PhD prepares you for? Join Doctoral Program Director Erica Foldy and Professor Maria Damon to hear some background on PhD programs in general and Wagner's in particular, including the application process, career options, choosing among programs, and any other questions you have.

To view the Doctoral Program website, visit

Open to all graduate students
Beverages and Dessert provided

10/12/2010 Controversial Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice: NYPD's Stop and Frisk

Presented by the NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR).

In 2009, the NYPD stopped people in New York City more than 575,000 times. The NYPD asserts that its stop and frisk practices gather useful information for solving crimes and getting guns off the street. At the same time, nearly nine out of 10 people stopped were black or Latino. Only 12 percent of people stopped were arrested or received a summons, and police found guns in less than one percent of all stops.

In navigating the tension between safety and police-community relations, SCJR looks to researchers, reform advocates, and law enforcement practitioners to discuss questions such as:

• Why do proponents of stop and frisk support the policy and practice?
• Why do opponents of stop and frisk challenge the practice?
• What does the research show about the costs and benefits of this?
• What is the impact on communities affected by the practice?
• What are alternatives to the current policy and practice?

David Kennedy, Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs, Fortune Society
Garry McCarthy, Police Director, City of Newark
Sunita Patel, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Dennis Smith, Associate Professor of Public Policy, NYU Wagner School of Public Service

10/07/2010 Gender-based Violence in Complex Emergencies: Issues and Interventions

Gender-based Violence in Complex Emergencies: Issues and Interventions

Featuring Heidi Lehmann, head of the Gender-Based Violence Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee

Heidi Lehmann is an internationally recognized expert on violence against women and girls in conflict zones. She has over twelve years experience in the US, Africa and Asia. A Public Health professional, her work over the past seven years, has taken her to some of the worst conflict zones in recent history including, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia.  Currently, she leads IRC’s work on key policy, programming and advocacy issues related to violence against women and girls, is part of various United Nations working groups and is often called on to brief Members of Congress.

10/07/2010 Breakfast Discussion with School Food Consultant Kate Adamick. Part II of Educating Through Eating: A Series on School Meals Reform

Kate Adamick is a consultant on school food reform, former director of NYC’s SchoolFood Plus Initiative, and chef.  She is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences and writes a blog for The Atlantic Monthly. Join Ms. Adamick and the Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) for a free breakfast and discussion on current programs and initiatives to improve school meals.

Part II of Educating through Eating: A Two-Day Series on School Meals Reform presented by WFPA. Part I is a screening of the film "What's On Your Plate?" on Tuesday, Otcober 5th, at 7pm.

10/06/2010 Learning for a Change Workshop: Managing Collaborative Change

Presented by the Wagner Management and Leadership Coalition (WMLO).

How can you foster and manage change in an organization? The "Learning Organization Model" is a way to nurture collaboration and transform thinking.

Prof. Erica Foldy will lead an interactive workshop to demonstrate how the model has affected the nonprofit and public sectors. Merle McGee, Capstone instructor and Vice President of Programs for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), will join the discussion to provide the perspective of an organization that has implemented the model.

10/06/2010 More than a Paycheck: A New Perspective on Single Women Mothers and the Wealth Gap

Over the last twenty years, social supports for single women mothers have declined significantly. The passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 coupled with continued cuts in funding for federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to low-income families, has made it nearly impossible for single women mothers to become economically secure or to build wealth.

Today, single women mothers possess only 4 percent of the wealth of single fathers and Black and Latino single mothers have a median wealth of zero.

Join us for the release of At Rope’s End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Asset Accumulation in the U.S. and a moderated conversation between Mariko Chang, PhD author of the newly released book Short Changed: Why Women have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It and Ida Rademacher, PhD Director of Research for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) in Washington D.C.

This event is part of the Opportunity Series of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. To learn more about the series and to download the full report, visit

10/05/2010 "What's On Your Plate?" Film Screening. Part I of Educating Through Eating: A Series on School Meals Reform

"What's on Your Plate?" is a witty and provocative documentary  by award-winning producer and directer Catherine Gund about kids and food politics. Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas, talking with food activists, farmers, storekeepers, friends and family in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates. Following will be a discussion and Q&A led by a speaker from the film.

Part I of Educating through Eating: A Two-Day Series on School Meals Reform presented by the Wagner Food Policy Alliance.

Part II is a Breakfast Discussion on Thursday, October 7th, at 9:30am, with school food consultant, chef, and Atlantic Monthly blogger, Kate Adamick.

10/05/2010 Defining Impact: Building the Case for Arts Support

How do we demonstrate that the arts can meaningfully contribute to social change? Who’s making a good case for arts funding? How can we shape our creative passions into evidence of impact? What specific benefits can the arts give individuals and communities? What exactly are our "theories of change?" How do we know when our arts programs been successful? What can we learn about demonstrating effectiveness from social service and education programs? When is "arts for arts sake" the best argument? Join the NYU Wagner Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC) and a panel of arts professionals, academics, and grant makers for a Creative Conversation around these important questions.

Panelists (in-formation): Ian David Moss, Research Director, Fractured Atlas

10/01/2010 "The Teacher Salary Project" Film Screening

Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA) and the Wagner Economic and Finance Association (WEFA) presents a sneak preview of the Teacher Salary Project, a feature-length documentary film and national outreach campaign that delves into the core of our educational crisis as seen through the eyes and experiences of our nation's teachers. This project is based on the New York Times bestselling book, Teachers Have It Easy by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of the 826 National writing programs Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers.

The Teacher Salary Project is produced by Eggers and Calegari, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth.

Nínive Calegari and Vanessa Roth will screen the documentary, discuss policies surrounding teacher salaries, and take questions.

09/30/2010 Russia and the North Caucasus: A spreading conflagration

Russia and the North Caucasus: A spreading conflagration

 Dr Mark Galeotti, Clinical Professor and Academic Chair, NYU Center for Global Affairs

 The North Caucasus is burning. The war in Chechnya has essentially been won, thanks to a brutal counter-insurgency campaign and the virtual self-destruction of a divided rebel movement, but elsewhere insurgent movements are on the rise. Meanwhile, Moscow tries to grapple with the consequences of its policies, from the willful assertiveness of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov to the popular dissatisfaction of North Caucasian peoples alienated by years – decades – of corruption, underdevelopment and prejudice. What are the prospects for this troubled and troublesome region, and how does it matter to the rest of the world?

09/29/2010 A Conversation on the 2010 Midterm Elections

The Wagner Policy Alliance (WPA), the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA), NYU Department of Politics, and the Stern Social Enterprise Association present  a "Conversation on the 2010 Midterm Elections" as the first event in its year long theme The Dollars and Sense of U.S. Social Policy. Participants on this panel discussion include Professor Robert Shrum, Professor Shanna Rose, and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute.

The panel will examine the role that the national debt and social policy will play as voters head to the polls this fall, among other topics related to the Midterm Elections.

09/29/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, real estate developer Douglas Durst and Professor Vicki Been

Featuring Janette Sadik-Khan, real estate developer Douglas Durst and Professor Vicki Been

In recent years the streets of New York City have been transformed by the Department of Transportation. Changes to the streetscape have had an effect on the real estate market, though the full impact is not yet fully understood.

Professor Vicki Been will lead a discussion with Douglas Durst and Janette Sadik-Khan about the relationship between transportation policy and the real estate and development sector.

Vicki Been is the Boxer Family Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Professor of Public Policy at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is the Faculty Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Professor Been teaches courses in Land Use Regulation, Property, and State and Local Government. She also co-teaches an interdisciplinary Colloquium on the Law, Economics and Politics of Urban Affairs.

Douglas Durst is a member of the third generation to run The Durst Organization, one of New York City's most respected real estate developers and management companies and one of the originators of the Green Building Movement. Mr. Durst is a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, The Landmarks Conservancy, The New School, The Municipal Art Society and Project for Public Spaces.

Janette Sadik-Khan serves as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation since her appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in April of 2007. She manages 4,500 skilled employees with wide ranging expertise from engineering to construction finance, to marine navigation, and is responsible for 6,000 miles of streets and highways, nearly 800 bridges, 1.3 million street signs, 300,000 streetlights and 12,000 signalized intersections, as well as the Staten Island Ferry

09/27/2010 Creative State: Book Announcement and Celebration

At the turn of the 21st century, governments around the world began searching for ways to capitalize on emigration for economic growth, and they looked to nations that already had policies in place. Morocco and Mexico featured prominently as sources of “best practices” in this area.

In Creative State, Assistant Professor of Public Policy Natasha Iskander chronicles how these innovative policies emerged and evolved over 40 years and reveals how neither the governments nor their migrant constituencies ever predicted the ways the initiatives would fundamentally redefine nationhood, development and citizenship.

Morocco’s and Mexico’s experiences with migration and development policy demonstrate that the state can be a remarkable site of creativity, an essential but often overlooked component of good governance.


Ellen Schall, Dean and Martin Cherkasky Professor of Health Policy & Management, NYU Wagner

Craig Calhoun, President of the Social Science Research Council, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, and Professor of Sociology at NYU

Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU and former Foreign Minister of Mexico.

Ruth Milkman,  Associate Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at CUNY, Professor of Sociology at CUNY

09/24/2010 Bridge Bash

Join NYU Wagner’s Bridge: Students for Social Entrepreneurship Club for the annual Bridge Bash! This is a networking and social event when the club announces its upcoming activities and events for students interested in advancing social innovation and leading change through social entrepreneurship. We will be talking about the upcoming NetImpact Conference, the SIPA/Bridge Boot Camp, our consulting and microfinance initiatives, and more!

09/24/2010 Cheong Gye Cheon Restoration Project - A Good Example of Sustainable Development

For 50 years, the Cheong Gye Cheon, a stream running through downtown Seoul, South Korea, was buried under an elevated highway. In 2005, the stream was daylighted as part of an urban renewal project that resulted in a three-mile long green corridor, attracting picnickers, wildlife, and worldwide attention. This restoration project has laid the groundwork for Seoul's transformation into a human-orientated, environmentally-sustainable city.

Dr. In-Keun Lee, Seoul’s assistant mayor for infrastructure, will discuss the Cheong Gye Cheon restoration project. For more information about the project, please see the 2009 NYTimes article

Co-sponsored by:
NYU Gallatin School
NYU Dept. of Environmental Studies
NYU Wagner Urban Planning Program
NYU Wagner Urban Planning Students Association

09/23/2010 The Causes of Child Soldiering and Forced Recruitment with Chris Blattman

The Causes of Child Soldiering and Forced Recruitment

Featuring Chris Blattman, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Economics, Yale University; 2009-10 visiting fellow at NYU Wagner and 2010-11 visiting fellow at NYU’s Department of Politics.

Theories of child soldiering are as numerous as the theorists. In theory rebel leaders forcibly recruit lower-ability children under specific circumstances: when punishment and supervision are cheap, when children’s other options are bad, and when rebel groups are poor. To understand which mechanisms dominate in practice, Chris Blattman will discuss interviews and surveys of former members of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and the evidence that suggests that children are more easily indoctrinated and disoriented than adults. His analysis will confirm the findings on a new “cross-rebel” dataset and results that suggest new strategies for combating child soldiering.

09/21/2010 Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States

Public service organizations have an unprecedented opportunity to harness the expertise and talents of Baby Boomers as they age, since it’s a generation that wants to keep working or to volunteer in public service.

But a new study finds that as Baby Boomers invigorate and redefine the 60-to-80 year old stage of life in the coming years, there is relatively little understanding of how record numbers of engaged older workers and volunteers will affect America’s labor force, or what ethnic and religious communities and voluntary institutions of all kinds could do to mobilize, train, and absorb them.

In particular, given national efforts to engage Baby Boomers, minority communities may suffer a loss of leadership, talent and funding as Baby Boomers look outside their religious or ethnic communities for meaningful work and volunteer opportunities.

The study focuses on Baby Boomers in the Jewish community in particular, based principally on a nationwide survey of 34 metropolitan Jewish communities that elicited the attitudes of more than 6,500 people. It highlights the unique demands that Baby Boomers’ interests and needs may place on the institutions, agencies and federations of the Jewish community of North America.

Join us for a discussion with David M. Elcott, PhD, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner and author of “Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities,” about his findings and their implications for community organizations.

Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Chief of The Jewish Week, the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States, will moderate what is sure to be a lively, informative dialogue.

The event is sponsored by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America, UJA-Federation of New York, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ.

09/21/2010 Just Give Money to the Poor: Book Launch and Discussion

At this special book launch event, come hear from and converse with two authors of Just Give Money to the Poor, David Hulme and Armando Barrientos, as they challenge the international aid industry with an elegant southern alternative – bypass governments and NGOs and let the poor decide how to use their money.

Stressing that cash transfers are not charity or a safety net, the authors draw an outline of effective practices that work precisely because they are regular, guaranteed and fair. Their new accessible book is essential reading for policymakers, students of international development and anyone yearning for an alternative to traditional poverty alleviation methods.

Introductory remarks by Jonathan J. Morduch Professor of Public Policy and Economics at NYU Wagner.

Co-sponsored by the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), Development Research Institute at NYU and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

09/15/2010 Eid Celebration and Pakistani Floods Awareness

Please join the Wagner International Public Service Association (IPSA) Student Group and theInternational Rescue Committee to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramandan with an Eid dinner and a discussion on the flooding in Pakistan.

The International Rescue Committee will discuss the impact of the floods in Pakistan and its work providing targeted relief to women and children. The discussion will be followed with dinner featuring food from the region.

09/15/2010 International Humanitarian Surgery: Surgery for the Rest of the World

Dr. Adam L. Kushner, MD, MPH, FACS, a board certified general surgeon who practices exclusively in developing countries and a founder of Surgeons OverSeas (SOS), will present an overview of surgery in the developing world - a subject Dr. Paul Farmer has called "the neglected stepchild of global health."

Based on Dr. Kushner's experience of working in over 20 developing countries, he will provide an overview of the problems and complexities of providing quality surgical care for the billions of people who live on less than $2 a day, highlight recent research, and discuss future plans to address the massive unmet global burden of surgical disease.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:

08/12/2010 Liberian Diaspora Exchange Forum: A Dialogue on Transitioning to Liberia
07/22/2010 Better Airports for Metro Areas: Breakfast Forum

Presented by the Regional Plan Association, the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and the Better Airports Alliance.

This breakfast forum will feature three case studies that will explore how airports in Chicago, London and San Francisco dealt with capacity and delay issues, and what New York can learn.

06/16/2010 High Speed Rail: Leveraging Federal Investment Locally

The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management is pleased to announce High Speed Rail: Leveraging Federal Investment Locally, a symposium to be held on June 16th, 2010.

Following the January 2010 rail funding announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation, interest in rail investment – and what it means for American communities – has continued to expand. Conversations are taking place across the country, bringing in new participants as well as experienced professionals from around the world to discuss the new corridors. In focusing on how to implement new rail corridors there is a risk of overlooking the need to manage the regional impacts of the nodes that comprise these systems. Leveraging Federal Investment Locally will enhance the national dialogue on high-speed rail investment through a focus on how new facilities will be linked to existing regional transportation infrastructure and economic development efforts. In addition, there will be an examination of the political context of establishing new rail infrastructure in a democratic nation where land use is controlled locally.

Presenters included:

Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (Keynote Speaker)
David Levinson, University of Minnesota
Anthony Perl, Simon Fraser University
Frank Zshoche, Managing Director, Civity Management Consultants, Hamburg Germany

Pannel Discussions with:
Arthur L. Guzzetti, Vice President for Policy, American Public Transportation Association
David Carol, Vice Presdient, HRSR, Parsons Brinkerhoff
WIlliam Wheeler, Director of Special Project Development and Planning, MTA

Petra Todorovich, Director, America 2050
MaryAnne Gilmartin, Executive Director for Commerical and Residential Development, Forest City Ratner
Tokumbo Shobowale, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City
Eugene K. Skoropowski, Director of Rail and Transit Services, HNTB Corporation

Melissa Lafsky, Managing Editor, Infrastruturist
Stan Rosenblum, Jacobs Engineering
Michael Evans, Chief of Staff, Office of the Lt. Govenor, New York State

The event was co-sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff and presented in Partnership with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

05/06/2010 Fast Trash Symposium: Garbage Collection and the Future of Cities

What if we radically changed the way we move garbage through the city? International practitioners will explore this question with their New York City counterparts in a unique panel discussion. The symposium will be held in conjunction with FAST TRASH, an exhibition on the underground pneumatic garbage collection system in use on Roosevelt Island in New York City since 1975.

The purpose of the panel is to open a dialogue around the role of garbage collection in the future of dense urban environments.
Independent experts, planners and officials from cities in Europe and Canada that have experience with underground waste transportation systems will describe the process, and the context in which the decision was made.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and Envac, manufacturer of the Roosevelt Island system, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the 1969 master plan for the Island.


-Rosina Abramson, Vice President of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, RIOC

-Richard Anderson, President NY Building Congress

-Steven Brautigam, Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Affairs, DSNY

-Ken Greenberg, Architect and Urban Designer, Toronto

-Martin Maillet, Senior Project Manager for the City of Montreal

-Suzanne Mattei, Director NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, NYC Office

-Mike Youkee, Housing Expert and Development Consultant, London

-Carlos Vazquez, Technical Director Sanitation Department, Barcelona

-Lovisa Wassbäck, Head of Waste Planning, Traffic Administration, Stockholm