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12/02/2010 A Brownbag Discussion: Higher Education and the Criminal Justice System

Presented by:

Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR) & Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

John Molina, Senior Academic Counselor of the College Initiative and a first year Wagner student specializing in health policy and management, will talk about his work with the organization and the intersection of higher education and the criminal justice system.

The mission of the College Initiative is to connect men and women in New York City who have been incarcerated or have had involvement with the criminal justice system with opportunities for higher education; to provide a range of academic and other support services that promote successful enrollment in college and completion of degrees; and to serve as a guiding force for students to realize their full potential as gainfully employed individuals, family members, informed citizens, and community leaders. John has an extensive background in community heath education and harm reduction counseling, working primarily with at-risk youth from
alternative to incarceration programs and other vulnerable populations. Additionally, he volunteers as a counselor at a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Please join us to discuss questions such as:
• What is the impact of the failed K-12 traditional public school system on the criminal justice system?
• What is the relationship between a post-secondary education and recidivism?
• Do public agencies coordinate/cooperate with non-governmental organizations engaged in reentry assistance?
• What obstacles do students face in higher education if they have been involved in the criminal justice system?
• How do current educational policies provide (or not provide) support to people with involvement in the criminal justice system?
• What are the major challenges and successes for the College Initiative and its students?

11/30/2010 BJPA: Lecture by Rachel Shabat: Serving the Soul of the Practicing Rabbi

The Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner presents a lecture by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Shabat Beit-Halachmi, Vice President, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, Israel Department.

Jewish spiritual leadership in an age of uncertainty, experimentation and creativity has led rabbis across the denominational spectrum to seek significant additional training and spiritual development. What role is text study playing in these initiatives and how does it serve the rabbinic soul in our time? What role does scholarship play? Spiritual practice? Political/social action? Given the intensity of these initiatives and their indisputable impact on the rabbi, what is the impact on the communities they serve and on North American Jewry as a whole?

11/29/2010 How US Foreign Policy is Made: Special Focus on Policies Related to Women and Development.

Topic: A discussion about how foreign policy is made, with a special focus on policies related to women and development.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner
Speaker: Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby joined Vital Voices in June 2010 to direct the La Pietra Coalition to Advance Women and the World and lead the Coalition’s Breakthrough Initiative. She has held a number of senior positions in the public, corporate and non-profit sectors.  She has been Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development; U.S. Ambassador to several countries in the Eastern Caribbean; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America; and Legislative Assistant to Senator (later Secretary of the Treasury) Lloyd Bentsen. Most recently, she developed and ran a transparency and governance reform project for the Government of Mexico. She was a Vice President of Bankers Trust Co., Vice President of International Business-Govt. Counsellors, Inc. and served on the boards of directors of multinational corporations as well as several NGOs, including the National Endowment for Democracy, National Democratic Institute, Helen Keller International, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Atlantic Council of the U.S., Center for International Environmental Law, American Hospital of Paris, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, and Pan American Health and Education Foundation.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy. Amb. Shelton-Colby was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institut des Sciences Politiques in Paris, received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Wash., D.C., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in French from the University of Missouri. She has taught at Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.  She has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and appears on U.S. and international television and radio discussing U.S. foreign policy, development, and international public policy issues. 

11/22/2010 Women's Economic Empowerment

Topic: Women's economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, mentorship and training

To RSVP contact Kate Horner

Speaker: Maria Pena is the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Vital Voices, the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

In that role, Maria guides Vital Voices’ economic empowerment work globally and directs a portfolio of programs that provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities to high-potential businesswomen, allowing them to develop the skills they need to excel as business and community leaders. Maria previously served as the Americas Leader of Entrepreneurship at Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, where she was responsible for developing strategies and directing initiatives designed to celebrate and support entrepreneurship across the Americas. Prior to that role, she was responsible for designing the firm’s signature corporate responsibility programs, with a special focus on emerging market entrepreneurship. Maria holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

11/19/2010 Stop Speeding Summit: Co-hosted with Transportation Alternatives
11/18/2010 The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

The Presentation of Self in Everyday [Transit] Life: An Ethnographic Study of Los Angeles Bus Culture

In this session of the New Thinking in Transportation and Society Doctoral Research Series, UCLA doctoral candidate Camille Fink will discuss her dissertation research, which uses the lens of ethnography to explore behavior and attitudes on different Los Angeles bus routes.

11/18/2010 Brown bag: Affordable mortgage and loan program in the West Bank

Discussion on mortgage finance in the Palestinian territories.

Earlier this year, the Unites States, World Bank Group, Palestine Investment Fund, the United Kingdom and others launched a landmark $500 million mortgage finance program designed to promote the private ownership of residential housing in the Palestinian territories. Kieran Brenner, a lawyer to the project, will discuss the project and its potential impact on the development of housing finance, new communities and the banking industry in the West Bank, as well as its likelihood to spur economic growth in the region.

11/17/2010 Iraq and the American Empire.

Iraq and the American Empire

Gideon Rose is the editor of Foreign Affairs and the Peter G. Peterson chair. He served as managing editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. Prior to this, he was the Olin senior fellow and deputy director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Rose served as associate director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He was assistant editor at the foreign policy quarterly the National Interest from 1986 to 1987, and held the same position at the domestic policy quarterly the Public Interest from 1985 to 1986. He received his BA in classics from Yale and his PhD in government from Harvard, and has taught American foreign policy at Columbia and Princeton.

He is author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle (Simon & Schuster, 2010). His other publications include Understanding the War on Terror (Council on Foreign Relations, 2005, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); America and the World: Debating the New Shape of International Politics (Council on Foreign Relations, 2002, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); and How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War (PublicAffairs, 2001, co-edited with James F. Hoge Jr.); “Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy,” International Security (Winter 2000/2001); “Conservatism and American Foreign Policy: Present Laughter vs. Utopian Bliss,” the National Interest (Fall 1999); “It Can Happen Here: Facing the New Terrorism,” Foreign Affairs (March/April 1999); “The Rollback Fantasy,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 1999); and “Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,” World Politics (October 1998).

11/17/2010 Opening Reception for "FolkloRican: The Art of Pepe Villegas" -- Gallery Space at Wagner, Fall/Winter 2010

The Gallery Space at Wagner, in partnership with NYU Steinhardt, the Latino Studies Program at NYU, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), is proud to join in the celebration of NYU’s Latino Heritage Month with the opening of  FolkloRican: The Art of Pepe Villegas, our second exhibition of the 2010-2011 season.

Renowned multi-media artist Pepe Villegas presents us with a ten-piece collection of oil paintings that delve into an intriguing archive of personal and cultural memories referencing his Puerto Rican upbringing. Ranging from striking representational and semi-representational portraiture to abstract and symbolism-rich canvases, this highly evocative criollista sampling is deeply rooted in cultural pride, introspective contemplation, and national nostalgia.

The event will feature live music by percussionist and NYU Steinhardt masters candidate Carson Moody and is cosponsored by NYU Wagner’s Alliance of Latino & Latin American Students (ALAS), the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), and the Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC).

11/17/2010 WTA/UPSA: Brown bag with Rod King

Join Wagner Transportation Association and Urban Planning Students Association for lunch and discussion with UK traffic safety advocate, Rod King. Since 2004, Rod King has been campaigning for lower speeds limits on residential roads. In 2007 he founded 20’s Plenty for Us to provide information, guidance and support to local communities and organizations campaigning for lower speeds. The organization has gained wide recognition for its effectiveness, with more than 60 local campaigns running across the country. Recently the Sustainable Development Commission featured the organization in a Case Study for “mobilizing communities to create political mandate for action”. By focusing on a “grass roots” campaigning 20’s Plenty for Us facilitates real behavior change in communities to create a better, safer and more sustainable use of our urban and residential roads.

11/17/2010 Favela: a conversation with Janice Perlman

BOOK LAUNCH & PANEL Discussion presented by Urban Planning Student Association

Favela: Four decades living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro by Janice Perlman, founder & president of the Mega-cities project, author of the book will present her work on Rio’s Favela.

Panel Discussion facilitated by Professor Shlomo Angel on urban poverty, housing policy issues and slum upgrading in Brazilian cities.

11/16/2010 Food Insecurity in NYC: Addressing Hunger in Low-Income Communities

From low-income neighborhoods in the U.S. to developing countries, the inability to find affordable, nutritious food is increasingly occupying the attention of policy leaders around the world. In New York City alone, 3.3 million people are food insecure, meaning they do not have access at all times to enough food to lead an active, healthy life. Please join the Wagner Policy Alliance, the Wagner Food Policy Alliance, and the Wagner Health Network for a panel exploring the problem of food insecurity as it exists in local neighborhoods and communities throughout New York City.

The panel will focus on programs and approaches including food stamps, emergency food resources, school meals, and urban farming, to meet short-term food & nutrition needs as well as eliminate hunger, obesity and other health issues in the long-term. Panelists will discuss successes and challenges with implementing these programs on a systemic, neighborhood-wide level and suggest recommendations going forward.

Sabrina Baronberg, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Jim Wengler, NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Philip Malebranche, NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Michele Mattingly, Fiscal Policy Institute

Moderated by Beth Weitzman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, Professor of Health and Public Policy at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Please join us for the discussion. The panel will begin at 6:45pm.

11/16/2010 The Foreclosure Crisis and NYC Crime

Presented by the Wagner Economics and Finance Association (WEFA), Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Co-Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, will facilitate a conversation on the impact of the foreclosure crisis in NYC on local crime.

11/15/2010 Equality for Whom? The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics

Sponsored by the Stonewall Policy Alliance, the NYU Wagner LGBTQ student organization

How do issues such as same-sex marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell come to the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ equality? Are these issues that will benefit the whole LGBTQ community? Who is at the table when it comes to setting legislative and policy priorities?

Equality for Whom: The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and Politics will engage interested stakeholders from Wagner, the broader NYU community and the city at large through presentation of front line accounts from practitioners and academics.

David Mixner, Civil Rights Activist and Author
Darnell Moore, LGBTQ activist and member of Newark city’s LGBTQ advisory commission
Ross Levi, Executive Director, Empire State Pride Agenda
Nicole Mason, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Women of Color Policy Network.

Sean Cahill, Managing Director of Public Policy, Research and Community Health, Gay Men’s Health Crisis

11/15/2010 The Campaign for Women's Rights in Cambodia

Topic:    The campaign for women’s rights and against political corruption and oppression in Cambodia.

To RSVP contact Kate Horner

Speaker:  Mu Sochua, a member of the Cambodian Parliament and advocate for human rights, gained her freedom from the Khmer Rouge as a girl when her parents put her on a plane to Paris in 1972 . After 18 years of exile and a successful career in the U.S. as a social worker, Sochua returned to Cambodia and found her country transformed into what Time magazine called “a pervert’s paradise”, where women and girls were so devalued that becoming a sex worker was a common fate. As Cambodia’s first woman seated as Minister of Women’s Affairs, Sochua nego0tiated an agreement with Thailand allowing Cambodian women trafficked as sex workers there to return to their home country in lieu of being jailed. As the author and defender of the Domestic Violence Law in the Cambodian Parliament, Sochua has served the women of her nation as an unrelenting advocate for the preservation and full practice of women’s rights. She also launched a campaign to bring NGOs, law enforcement officials and rural women into a national dialogue and education program to help protect women and girls victimized by trafficking and to boost prevention efforts nationwide. In 2005, when Vital Voices honored Mu Sochua in Washington, D.C. for her efforts in combating child trafficking in her native Cambodia, she said her mind remained with the women and children of Cambodia and called for international attention to government corruption and human rights abuses in her government, conditions she says create a climate where traffickers flourish. Sochua continues to be steadfast in her call for action toward the formation of an authentically democratic Cambodia where women’s rights are revered as human rights.

11/10/2010 Japan's Trade and Economic Policy Outlook

A leading Japanese economic-policy government official, from the powerful agency JETRO, discusses Japan's trade policy in the context of larger economic development. Focus both on recent years and the outlook for coming years.

11/10/2010 How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Return to the Future: How Conflict between the US and Iran in the Past Shapes Thinking about War in the Present

Dr. David B. Crist is a senior historian in the Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has written and lectured extensively on contemporary military history, and he has produced numerous classified and unclassified studies examining current military operations in the Middle East. Dr. Crist recently served as a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is currently working as a special advisor on the Iranian military for the commander of U.S. Central Command.

Dr. Crist is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has served tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq with Special Operations Forces.

He is currently completing a book for Penguin Press on the history of the U.S.-Iranian conflict, which is due out next fall.

11/08/2010 Debriefing the 2010 Midterm Elections: Implications for the next two years

Join us for a conversation on the 2010 midterm elections and what the results mean for the upcoming years.  Discussing the shifts in the political landscape will be deputy managing editor for the National Review, Kevin Williamson; former democratic strategist and NYU Wagner Senior Fellow, Bob Shrum; and Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, Paul Light.  The conversation will be moderated by Rogan Kersh, NYU Wagner Associate Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

11/05/2010 Wagner Reception at APPAM for Faculty, Alumni & Friends

At this year's Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference in Boston, Dean Ellen Schall will host Wagner Faculty, Alumni, and Friends for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Hyatt Regency.  See old friends, mingle with colleagues, catch up with the faculty and local Wagner grads.  Please join us!

11/05/2010 Response and Resistance: Multiple Strategies Addressing State Violence against LGBTQ Youth

Presented by the Stonewall Policy Alliance (SPA), Students for Criminal Justice Reform (SCJR), Alliance for Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS), and Wagner Intersectionality Studies is Essential (WISE)

This dynamic fishbowl-style presentation will examine the implications of systemic violence and discrimination against LGBTQ youth. This event will discuss multiple responses employed by various grassroots advocacy organizations, researchers, and other practitioners. 

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Karina Claudio, Make the Road, GLOBE Program
  • Chelsea Johnson-Long, Audre Lorde Project, Safe Outside the System
  • Jared Ringer, LCSW, Anti-Violence Project
  • Andrea Ritchie, Urban Justice Center

Moderated by Dr. Jo Rees, Adjunct Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work and Smith College

Discussion questions include:

  • What are the forces of systemic violence, structural racism, and unique inequities that impact LGBTQ youth?
  • What are the modes of resistance that the LGBTQ community and their allies utilize to combat these injustices?
  • How can policy makers and service providers support these modes of resistance?
11/05/2010 The Politics of Settlements in Israel-Palestine

NYU Wagner's International Public Service Association (IPSA) presents the Politics of Settlements, a panel discussion to generate greater understanding of the realities and complexities of the settlement issue in Israel-Palestine, and its impact on the peace process.

Featuring  three speakers with varied perspectives and expertise on the settlement issue, the event claims only to shed some light on this controversial topic. The goal is to allow Wagner students to be exposed to some of the facts, beliefs and histories that have shaped the settlement issue, raising awareness of its complexities and fostering greater opportunities for dialogue.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for Palestine to the United Nations

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Uri Zaki, U.S. Director
B'tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

For more information contact Aquene Freechild,

11/05/2010 Poverty Discussion Group

The Wagner Policy Alliance is pleased to present the new student-led Poverty Discussion Group. The group will bring together students who are interested in issues related to domestic poverty and low-income families/communities to have informal brown bag discussions the first Friday of every month.

The second meeting of the group will discuss topics in affordable housing with guest speaker Sarah Gerecke, Executive Director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Ms. Gerecke will present the topics of place-based investments vs. people-based investments in low-income residents and housing. Before working for the Furman Center, Ms. Gerecke was head of the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of NYC from 2001-2009, and previous to that worked at various positions in New York City government including for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Please join us for the discussion.

11/04/2010 Conducting Research and Policy Analysis in Afghanistan: Overcoming the Challenges

Research and evaluation have always played a key role in informing policy choices around the world, but how does this important work continue in a conflict zone? Please join IPSA for a conversation with Dr. Pierre Fallavier and his colleagues from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit to discuss the challenges and impacts of policy research in Afghanistan. In preparation for the political transition in the country, AREU has focused much of its work on analyzing political participation, governance, corruption, and peace and reintegration. The AREU team will present the findings of some this research and facilitate a conversation with students and other guests on challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities for research.

11/04/2010 Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: HUD Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrion

Featuring HUD Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrión

Increasing efforts to "break down silos" that separate traditional government agencies and growing support for the concept of livability have together drawn attention to the links between the fields of housing and transportation, among other cross-agency connections. This installment of the the Thinking and Doing Series will focus on this intersection.

Adolfo Carrión is the Administrator of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Region II, which serves New York and New Jersey. Previously Mr. Carrión served as the first White House Director of Urban Affairs and was elected to two terms as Bronx Borough President.

11/03/2010 Security before Democracy: Lessons from the US-Egypt Relationship

Security before Democracy: Lessons from the US-Egypt Relationship

Jason Brownlee is Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on Middle East politics, authoritarianism, and US foreign policy. His book Authoritarianism in an Age of Democratization was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. Professor Brownlee's writings have appeared in a number of scholarly journals and his article "Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies" was recognized in Best Article of 2007 by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association. He has recently begun working on a second book, about US-Egyptian relations since 1977. Research for that project is being supported by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Fulbrigh Foundation.