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04/29/2010 Film Screening: 'Food, Inc.'

Hosted by Bridge and StartingBloc

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Find out on April 29th at a special screening of the film, Food, Inc.

Join the StartingBloc New York Alumni Board and Bridge, the Social Innovation club at NYU-Wagner School of Public Service for an evening of entertainment and provocative discussion about the food industry and nutrition.  Refreshments also served.

04/28/2010 The 2010 Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum


Edward Glaeser
Professor of Economics,
Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Harvard University

Reception: 5:30 - 6 pm
Program: 6 - 7:30 pm

Space is limited.

04/27/2010 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU
04/26/2010 The Power of Compassion: Book Discussion on THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE and Interview with author Peter Singer

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Center for Human Values, Princeton University

Laurie Beckelman
, Founder, Beckelman+Capalino

Elie Hassenfeld
, Founder,

In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but also ethically indefensible.  He makes the argument that philanthropic giving can make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own. Peter Singer’s book has boosted a nascent trend toward evaluation and transparency in nonprofit work. 

At this event, we will discuss the critical role of nonprofit organizations and the need to ensure the effectiveness of their work and compete for donor support by demonstrating impact.  Many individuals are reluctant to donate largely because they don’t know which nonprofits are doing the best work and making the biggest impact in the most cost-effective way.  The new nonprofit charity evaluator, has emerged as a part of the solution.  Through rigorous assessment they find outstanding charities and publish the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give.

Reception and book signing will folllow.  For more information, call Liz Fanning at (646) 942-0797.

Doors open at 5:30 and the program starts promptly at 6:00pm.

04/23/2010 Gian-Claudia Sciara, Planners and the Pork Barrel: Metropolitan Engagement in and Resistance to Congressional Transportation Earmarking

Gian-Claudia Sciara, Planners and the Pork Barrel: Metropolitan Engagement in and Resistance to Congressional Transportation Earmarking

Since passage of the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), U.S. transportation policy has gradually strengthened metropolitan authority over federal transportation investments. Federal law requires metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)—composed of local elected officials, transportation agency leaders, and public stakeholders—to plan and program federally funded improvements in urban regions. Yet members of the U.S. Congress have increasingly used funding bills to “earmark” funds to specific transportation projects. Derogatively called pork barreling, the practice can transfer discretion over transportation finance from metropolitan officials to members of Congress, who may hand-pick projects for funding whether or not they reflect regional transportation needs or priorities articulated in their MPOs’ long range plans (LRPs) or transportation improvement programs (TIPs).

04/23/2010 Governance and Development in Southern Afghanistan

Governance and Development in Southern Afghanistan

Frank Ruggiero, Senior Civilian in Southern Afghanistan, has been one of the leading figures in the Department on U.S. security strategy in the Persian Gulf and on political-military issues in the Middle East. He will speak on the current state of governance and development in Southern Afghanistan and the increasing role of US civilians there.

04/22/2010 Public Ends: Private Means - Government Engagement with the Private Health Sector in Developing Countries

Join us for a special event with Alexander S. Preker, Head of Health Investment Policy & Analysis for the Investment Climate Department of the World Bank Group.

Government has generally been seen as the most important provider of health services in developing countries, but low quality services and severe fiscal constraints have limited access and availability of services in the public sector. In this context can developing countries afford to ignore the valuable resources and energy that is often available through the private sector?

Come hear NYU Wagner adjunct professor Alex Preker discuss the role of private health sector in addressing key health-related development challenges and how government could improve engagement with the private sector.

Mr. Preker has had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997.

04/21/2010 Indigenous Rights in the Amazon: Fostering a conversation with the Amazon to the United Nations

Please join the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and the Office of International Programs (OIP) for an informal dialogue among Amazonian indigenous leaders to discuss current issues pertaining to their local communities and how they are representing their respective populations at the ninth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) taking place April 19-30.


Moi Enomenga was born just before his family and his Huaorani tribe were contacted by missionaries. Moi quickly became a strong voice for his people and was the first to create an organized federation. Through advocacy within Ecuador and abroad, Moi was able to secure legal rights to the largest indigenous territory in Ecuador. Today he faces issues of protecting non-contacted families in his territory, illegal logging, and environmental concerns related to oil cultivation.

Gloria Ushigua is the last Shaman of the smallest indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Zapara. Today she struggles to not only preserve the medicinal and spiritual knowledge and culture of her people but fights to guarantee the existence of her people.

Additional panelists to be announced.


Salo Coslovsky joined NYU Wagner in September 2009 as an Assistant Professor of International Development. His research bridges international development, legal sociology, and organizational behavior, and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. His dissertation examined how Brazilian prosecutors enforce labor and environmental laws so as to enhance business competitiveness. Salo is additionally interested in forest-based industries in the Amazon.

04/19/2010 Rebuilding Haiti: Sustainable Development, Infrastructure, and Education Panel Discussion and Fund-raising Reception

NYU Wagner and the Division of Student Affairs seek to continue the conversations about rebuilding Haiti, with an eye toward understanding how we can help address issues over the long term.

Please join us for a panel discussion that will explore policy considerations and possibilities for sustainable development, with a focus on housing, infrastructure, and education systems.

Panelists include:
Carey Shea, Executive Director of Project Home Again in New Orleans

Monika Kalra Varma, Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights

Garry Pierre-Pierre, Editor and Publisher of the Haitian Times and community activist

Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU Wagner Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, will moderate.

This event will be followed by a one-hour reception and fund-raising raffle sponsored by the Wagner Volunteer Corps. Please join us.

04/19/2010 From HillaryCare to ObamaCare<br>with Bob Shrum and Doris Kearns Goodwin

During the 1992 campaign President Clinton outlined principles of health-care reform, but no specific plan. He installed Hillary Clinton to lead a task force that would determine the administration’s health-care reform proposal, but the resulting bill was complicated and cumbersome and did not pass. Did President Clinton lose the momentum on his first piece of legislation by dragging out the process and focusing on reducing the deficit? When should political circumstances trump policy goals? Should the president have compromised on his legislation?

President Obama took the opposite approach to health-care reform than did Clinton in 1992, and allowed Congress to draft the legislation. As the summer of 2009 stretched on with cries of “death panels” and “socialized medicine” echoing across the country, the prospect of health reform seemed threatened. How did President Obama regain control of the issue? Should he have exercised more influence from the beginning of the process instead of using his political capital in the final stages? How did the fight for health-care reform shape President Obama’s first year in office? Will it enable him to tackle other major policy initiatives such as financial reform and immigration reform? What impact will the legislation have on the mid-term elections and in 2012?

Join NYU Wagner's Senior Fellow and renowned political consultant Bob Shrum and Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin for this exciting discussion. Space is limited.

04/16/2010 Advanced Film Screening of The Rubber Room

Presented by the Wagner Education Policy Studies Association (WEPSA)

Join WEPSA for a screening of the much-anticipated film The Rubber Room. This independent, in-depth documentary brings to light one of the most controversial topics in NYC public education.     

Every day, hundreds of suspended teachers report to “Rubber Rooms” around the city rather than their schools. A slang term, Rubber Rooms are holding facilities for teachers charged of misconduct.  Temporarily and indefinitely revoked of their teaching privileges, the accused educators are paid in full each day for months - and sometimes years - as they wait for their adjudications. Annually, the NYC Department of Education spends an estimated $35-65 million to sustain these Rubber Rooms.

The screening will be from 6-7:30pm, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the filmmakers.

04/15/2010 UN Millennium Development Goals: 10 years after, 5 years to go

An evening with Francesca Perucci, Chief, Statistical Planning and Development Section, United Nations Statistics Division.

Join us for this slightly technical discussion on how the MDGs are measured and evaluated. See how the Statistics and Program Evaluation classes are used in the real world to measure the advances and drawbacks of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

04/15/2010 Parapolitics in Colombia: The Infiltration of Paramilitary Groups in the Electoral and Political Systems

Co-sponsored by the Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU

Join a discussion with Claudia Lopez and moderated by Michael Gilligan about the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the political systems in Colombia. Since 2006, the judicial system in Colombia has investigated more than 334 public officers for alleged links with mafias and other illegal armed groups. So far, 21 of them have been sentenced. Based on judicial, journalistic and academic evidence, this research inquires about the methods used by different illegal groups (left wing guerrillas, right wing paramilitaries and other mafias) to co-opt political processes and to usurp State institutions and operations, regionally and nationally. It also compares the factors that could determine the differences in approach, range and success of such methods, and their influence in changing Colombia’s political, institutional and constitutional structure during the last 20 years.

Claudia Lopez: Claudia López is one of the most respected Colombian journalists and political analysts. Her research on the infiltration of paramilitary groups in the Colombian Congress triggered a national scandal known as parapolítica, which led to the legal investigation of more than a third of all members of Congress. She subsequently helped found the Electoral Observatory Mission, a coalition of NGOs and journalists that monitors political processes in Colombia, and also currently works for the Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris as an analyst of illegal groups and armed conflict. Her courageous dedication to strengthening human rights and the rule of law makes her one of the most well-known contributors to democratic development in Colombia today. Claudia holds an MPA degree from the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and was a Yale World Fellow in 2009.

Michael Gilligan: Associate Professor of Politics working in the NYU Department of Politics at the Graduate School of Arts and Science.  His research interests are in international relations, the political economy, international organizations, and peacekeeping.

04/15/2010 Mike Smart, PhD Candidate

Mike Smart, PhD Candidate

Since the liberalization of federal immigration policy in the late 1960s, immigrants have comprised an ever-larger share of the U.S. population. Currently, roughly one in eight residents of the United States was born abroad, and—despite a massive economic downturn—that share continues to grow. Researchers have shown that immigrants travel differently that the native-born, using carpools, transit, and non-motorized modes significantly more than their native-born counterparts. Even after controlling for covariates such as income, residential location, and auto availability, immigrants’ exhibit a significantly increased propensity to use these “alternative” modes.

04/14/2010 Asian Pacific Americans in Public Service and the Community Career Panel and Networking Reception

Are you a student or mid-career professional interested in working in the non-profit or public sector? API panelists in a variety of public service professions -- such as nonprofit management, elected office, and philanthropy -- will discuss their careers and unique experiences of being API in these fields. Followed by a networking reception and opportunity to talk with the panelists.

Featured speakers:

Margaret Chin, New York City Council Member, District 1

Steven Choi, Executive Director of YKASEC/Minkwon Community Action Center

C.K. Chung, Senior Account Manager, NYC Business Solutions, Seedco

Anita Gundanna, Deputy Director, Fund for Social Change

Refreshments and wine will be served!

Co-sponsored by the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF) Action Council and NYU Wagner Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA)

04/14/2010 Building Sustainable Communities: The EPA Agenda

Building Sustainable Communities: The EPA Agenda

A conversation with Judith A. Enck, Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Region 2 covers the incredibly diverse territory of New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and seven federally-recognized Indian Nations, home to a total of more than 31 million people. The Administrator will discuss her agency's efforts to promote healthy communities and ecosystems throughout the region, and touch on implications for transportation systems.

In a career devoted to public service, Ms. Enck has served as Deputy Secretary for the Environment for New York State, Senior Environmental Associate with the New York Public Interest Research Group, and Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York.

04/07/2010 The 14th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Identifying and Managing High-Cost Patients

Sponsored by NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service


Ronald A. Paulus, MD, MBA

Executive Vice President,
Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer
Geisinger Health System

John Billings, Ph.D
Professor of Health Policy and Public Service,
NYU Wagner


Anthony Kovner, Ph.D.

Professor of Public and Health Management,
NYU Wagner

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture
Limited seating available.

04/05/2010 A Tale of Two Cities, and of Climate Change: Future Sea Level Projections in New York and Abu Dhabi
Our global atmosphere and ocean have been observed to warm moderately over the past century, and are reliably projected to warm more significantly over the coming century.  The vast amounts of ice stored in the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets are thereby under threat of partially melting and significantly raising global sea level over the present century and beyond, potentially flooding low lying cities like New York and Abu Dhabi.  A scientific research program is outlined that seeks to transform our present ignorance of basic earth science processes relating to ice sheets and sea level into a fundamental new understanding and predictive capability. David Holland Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Director, Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science, NYU
04/05/2010 2010 Census: Snapshot of America?

Lower income and mobile populations, including individuals involved with the criminal justice system, are frequently undercounted by the Census. This disparity magnifies the inequities already existing within communities, leading to underfunding of critical services and infrastructure as well as under-representat ion in government. On April 5, 2010, SCJR will host an event titled, 2010 Census: Snapshot of America?, which will engage the Wagner community and demographic experts in a discussion about how to make the 2010 Census more just and reflective of historically undercounted communities. We invite you to participate in the discussion and make an enduring difference in your community by getting involved and staying informed.

The panelists include:
Ryan Kim, Partnership Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau
Jeremy Saunders, Lead Organizer, NYC AIDS Housing Authority
Martha E. Chavez, Coordinator of Advocacy and Organizing, NICE New Immigrant Community Empowerment

04/05/2010 Why is Muslim Extremism Attractive? And How to do We Uproot it?

Why is Muslim Extremism Attractive? And How to do We Uproot it?

Ed Husain, co-director of the Quilliam Foundation, and author of The Islamist.

Ed Husain, the celebrated author of ‘The Islamist’, shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize for best political writing, is an advocate of Muslim engagement in mainstream politics as citizens, and not as separatist, anti-western polemical ideologues with Islamist agendas. 

Formerly an activist of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) and Jamat-e-Islam front organizations in the UK, Ed has now become a strong critic of extremism and Islamism.  Since publication of his book in 2007, Ed regularly contributes to media discussions on Islam, Muslims, identity, terrorism, and multiculturalism.

04/01/2010 NYU Reynolds Speaker Series featuring Abraham George, Founder, The George Foundation
03/31/2010 Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

Charting Equity: Charter Schools and the future of public schooling in America

In the 1990s Charter schools emerged as the answer to failing public schools in urban cities. Most recently, President Obama called charter schools a strategy to promote excellence and innovation in public education.  This panel will map the growth of the Charter school movement in the United States; explore the impact of Charter schools on communities and the public education system; discuss the challenges schools face in providing adequate resources and offering competitive salaries on a limited budget and probe whether or not they are the answer to reform a failing system.

Moderated by Michael Duffy, Director of the Charter School Office for the New York City Department of Education


Natasha Campbell, Founder/Executive Director, Summit Academy Charter School

Aretha Miller, Senior Director, School Support, New York City Charter School Center

Lesley Esters Redwine, Vice President of External Relations, Achievement First

Brittiny Sessions, Founding Board Chair of the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School

03/29/2010 Africa Development: Whose Ownership?

After centuries of colonization and imposed miracle solutions that were to save developing nations, the importance of ownership in development cannot be overstated. However, the question of “whose ownership” is far from straightforward. With millions of Africans spread across the globe from China to Australia to the United States, Africa is no longer limited to the physical boundaries of the continent. Many young Africans whose parents have left in search of a better future are now faced with the question of who will help develop Africa. What does ownership in development mean? Is development a shared responsibility? Or is it the responsibility of Africans? Does it include the Diaspora? What can the Diaspora do?

How can we increase the role of Diaspora in African development? Who are the other actors and what role should they play? What is the role of African people and how can that be enhanced?

Panelists include:
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange – Former Ambassador to Rwanda. Ms. Mukanyange is now working as Rwanda representative to UNEP. She has been a very strong advocate of women's rights in Rwanda and promoted girl’s education during her time as president of the Rwanda Association of University Women. She speaks about the need for the international community to recognize and encourage Rwanda's ability to rebuild itself as a nation rather than be eternally reliant on aid.

Andrew Garza – Founder and Director of Titaguya Schools in Ghana. Titagya Schools is a nonprofit organization that creates new early educational opportunities in Northern Ghana. Mr. Garza’s organization builds and operates pre-schools and kindergartens and will administer a scholarship program for children in the region.

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, Esq. – Professor and Managing Partner of Hoja Law Group.  Muna is also the Founder and Executive Director of Transitional Trade.  Hoja Law Group is specialized in assisting investors doing business in and/or investing in Africa.  She has participated in the rebranding of several countries, advising African companies as well as mentoring many African entrepreneurs.  Additionally, in the promotion of investment and good economic an corporate governance in Africa, Jacqueline is the Senior Associate with the African European Affairs Consulting group, which advises clients investing and doing business in Africa. Lastly, she has been an adjunct professor of International Law at Central Michigan University, Sociopolitics and Economics of Africa at Drexel University and Business Law at Briarcliffe College.

Ambassador Isaiah Z. Chabala – served from 1995-2000 as Zambian Ambassador to the European Union and, concurrently, to Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. He previously served as Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations(1992-95). Currently Ambassador Chabala is president and chief executive officer of Visionary Consulting Associates, New York, which specializes in sustainable and community-based development issues including poverty alleviation, gender equality, education and empowerment of women and girls, participatory interventions, and microfinance services. He holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and French from the University of Zambia, Lusaka, and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, School of International Affairs.


Nancy Barton –  Clinical Associate Professor of Art and Art Education: Department Chair, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Director of the Undergraduate Program and a practicing artist who works in photography, performance, and mixed media installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the MoMA (New York), the Long Beach Museum, and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Los Angeles). Her interests include feminism, post-colonial theory, and Psychoanalysis.

03/29/2010 The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations

Lee Smith, Visiting Fellow, The Hudson Institute; and Middle East correspondent, The Weekly Standard. 

Many of the myths permeating Americans' understanding of the Arab world: colonialism spurred the region's ongoing turmoil; Arab liberalism is waiting for U.S. intervention; technology and democracy can be transforming are misunderstood untruths.

Drawing on analysis from his most recent book, noted journalist and expert on Arab-American affairs, Lee Smith will discuss his doctrine to help the United States corrects its long-held myths and assumptions concerning the Middle East.  

03/26/2010 Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility: Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

Lingqian Hu, Urban Spatial Transformation and Job Accessibility:  Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis Revisited

My research tests whether changing urban structure has affected low-income job seekers’ labor market outcomes differentially by impacting their job accessibility. The relatively poor labor market outcomes of minorities are well-documented in the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis literature which claims that the unequal labor market outcomes are partly caused by the spatial barriers between minorities’ residences and their matching job opportunities. This research aims to expand the demographic, geographic and temporal scopes of the Spatial Mismatch Hypothesis by studying low-income job seekers’ job accessibility in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in 1990 and 2000.