The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces its November 2006 schedule of events and lectures, which includes a Center for Global Affairs Special Event: Human Trafficking: A Global Challenge in Our Own Backyard; Conversations with Clyde Haberman, NYC columnist for The New York Times; as well as the “Thursday Brown-bag Series,” Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches, which examines new research, creative policy approaches, and recent analytical and practical innovations in responding to challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict contexts.
All events are free and open to the public, and unless otherwise noted, take place at the Center’s location at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street [between Broadway and Church Street]. By subway, take the R or W to City Hall; the 4, 5 or 6 to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; the 2 or 3 to Park Place; or the A or C to Chambers Street. Reservations are required. For more information, the public may call the Center at 212-992-8380 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
** For all “Thursday Brown-bag Series” Events: A Collaboration with the Office for International Programs at NYU Wagner (www.nyu.edu/wagner/international/). Note location: NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, Second Floor Conference Room (southeast corner of Lafayette and Houston). RSVP by visiting www.wagner.nyu.edu/events/conflictseries.php or by calling 212.992.8380.
Wednesday, November 1 at 6.15 p.m. Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist and author. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them. Terje Rød-Larsen, president, International Peace Academy; UN secretary-general’s special envoy for the Implementation of Security Council 1559, served as UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and personal representative of the secretary-general to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, holding the rank of under-secretary-general.
Thursday, November 2 at 12.30 p.m. Modern Peace Building: The IRC’s Post-Conflict Development Initiative ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Lizanne McBride, director, Post-Conflict Development Initiative, International Rescue Committee (IRC), discusses the IRC’s Post-Conflict Development Initiative (PCDI), founded on the philosophy that assistance to war-impacted communities today must attempt to restore physical and social infrastructure, as well as rebuild and restore the social balance, trust, hope, and confidence between people and their institutions.
Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. Graduate Information Session: M.S. in Global Affairs The Master of Science in Global Affairs provides an indispensable context for understanding critical issues in international politics, economics, dispute settlement, law, human rights, energy, environment, and related areas. Discover how the M.S. in Global Affairs can transform your future at this information session. Note location: Grand Hyatt-Park Ave at Grand Central.
Wednesday, November 8 at 6.15 p.m. Worldly Conversations with Clyde Haberman, New York Times In this popular and candid series, Clyde Haberman, NYC columnist for the New York Times and veteran foreign correspondent, talks with renowned journalists. Avoiding sound-bites and the clichés of studio-bound pundits, this more leisurely approach consistently yields thoughtful conversation and insightful observations from many corners of the world. Dexter Filkins, Baghdad correspondent, New York Times, has been covering the war in Iraq for the New York Times since the US invasion in 2003. Previously, he covered the war in Afghanistan for the Times and reported for the Metro Section of the Times.
Thursday, November 9 at 12.30 p.m. Peace Operations and International Security ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Richard Gowan, program coordinator, International Security Institutions; series coordinator, Annual Review of Global Peace Operations; Center on International Cooperation, NYU, discusses the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations. Unique in breadth and depth of coverage, the Review presents a detailed collection of data on peace operations launched by the UN, by regional organizations, by coalitions, and by individual nations.
Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. Film and Discussion: Politics and Art in Cinema: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Germany, 1983). Color. 68 minutes. German with English subtitles. Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Dan Georgakas, consulting editor of Cineaste, hosts Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, one of three evenings of films that deals with the travails of immigrants and refugees trying to adjust their lives to the realities of a new homeland. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, a sixty-year-old West German woman enters into a sexual affair with a Moroccan immigrant thirty years her junior. What begins as a lark for the Moroccan turns into something else when the couple experiences a maelstrom of ageism, hypocrisy, sexism, and racism.
Thursday, November 16 at 12.30 p.m. NGOs and Post-Conflict and Development ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Sarah Wikenczy, acting director/program officer, governance and rights unit, International Rescue Committee (IRC), shares her firsthand experience as coordinator of IRC’s strategic planning process in post-conflict situations, with a focus on internally displaced and conflict-affected populations. Wikenczy also has worked at the UNDP and UNHCR and has had field experience in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Thursday, November 16 at 1 p.m. Peace Corps Information Session Learn how the Peace Corps can fit into your career path. Peace Corps Volunteers provide technical assistance to non-profits/NGOs, local governments, communities, schools, health posts, and small businesses in over 70 countries around the world in the fields of business, health, education, agriculture, urban youth development, forestry, NGO development, social work, community development, and the environment. Positions are available for U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds.
Wednesday, November 28 at 6.15 p.m. Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, journalist and author. Ben-Meir hosts leaders from around the world in conversations that probe critical global issues and the policies our guests are designing to address them. The Honorable Imad Moustapha, Ambassador of Syria to the United States, has been Syria’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2004. He was previously dean of the University of Damascus’ Faculty of Information Technology and secretary general of the Arab School on Science and Technology. He also co-founded the Network of Syrian Scientists, Technologists and Innovators Abroad and co-authored the UN-sponsored Arab Human Development Report, which was widely quoted throughout the world.
Wednesday, November 29 at 6.15 p.m. Worldly Conversations with Clyde Haberman, New York Times In this popular and candid series, Clyde Haberman, NYC columnist for the New York Times and veteran foreign correspondent, talks with renowned journalists. Avoiding sound-bites and the clichés of studio-bound pundits, this more leisurely approach consistently yields thoughtful conversation and insightful observations from many corners of the world. Amy Waldman, national correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly, was a reporter at The New York Times for eight and a half years, including three years as co-chief of the South Asia bureau. She previously worked as an editor and writer at The Washington Monthly and as a freelance journalist in South Africa.
Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. Special Event: Human Trafficking: A Global Challenge in Our Own Backyard What will it take to end human trafficking? The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that there are cases originating in 127 countries for exploitation in 137 countries. On the occasion of the International Day to End Slavery, this special event examines the response to human trafficking in the New York region and features global leaders who call on all of us to act on this worldwide challenge. Note location: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
The new NYU Center for Global Affairs, within the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies [www.scps.nyu.edu], is located in the School’s state-of-the-art facility in the Woolworth Building - one of downtown New York’s architectural treasures. The Center presents provocative and timely public events regarding the latest topics in world affairs (formerly held at the NYU Vernon Center for International Affairs), and houses a new graduate program in global studies and myriad non-degree courses in international affairs.