The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces its October 2006 schedule of events and lectures, which includes International Careers in the Private Sector, led by Joyce Munn, principal, Global Nonprofit Network, as well as Peace Operation and International Security, an event in the “Thursday Brown-bag Series” entitled 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 email

** For all “Thursday Brown-bag Series” Events: A Collaboration with the Office for International Programs at NYU Wagner ( Note location: NYU Wagner at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, Second Floor Conference Room (southeast corner of Lafayette and Houston). RSVP by visiting or by calling 212.992.8380.

Wednesday, October 4 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 sounds-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. Robert Mahoney, senior editor, Committee to Protect Journalists (a New York-based organization dedicated to defending journalists and press freedom worldwide), has worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His assignments include Reuters Jerusalem bureau chief, chief correspondent in Germany, and Reuters news editor in London in charge of politics and general news for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Thursday, October 5 at 12.30 p.m. Human Rights in Post-Conflict States: Guatemala Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Victoria Sanford, assistant professor of anthropology, Lehman College, CUNY; author, Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala, discusses the ongoing struggle of the Maya in Guatemala seeking justice for the genocidal massacres of the 1980s and her current research in “feminicidio” (femicide) within the framework of post-conflict transitional justice in Guatemala.

Thursday, October 5 at 6.15 p.m. International Careers with the U.S. Government Led by Joyce Munn, principal, Global Nonprofit Network. Part of the International Careers: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experiences series, which provides an opportunity to meet international insiders who can offer practical advice by sharing their real-life experiences. Speakers include: James Carragher, diplomat in residence at City College in New York, U.S. Department of State; Ben Chang, deputy spokesperson, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; and Jeannie Rangel, intern, New York Office of International Visitors, U.S. Department of State.

Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. Film and Discussion: Politics and Art in Cinema: Blackboard (Iran, 2000) Written and directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Color. 84 minutes. Kurdish with English subtitles. Aside from two major characters, all parts are played by Kurdish mountaineers. Shot entirely on location. Dan Georgakas, consulting editor of Cineaste, hosts Blackboard, one of three evening of films that deal with the travails of immigrants and refugees trying to adjust their lives to the realities of a new homeland. In Blackboard, a dozen Kurdish itinerant teachers seeking students enter the treacherous mountain border region of Iran and Iraq. The blackboards they carry on their backs serve a number of unanticipated purposes. A discussion led by a moderator from Cineaste will follow.

Thursday, October 12 at 12.30 p.m. Modern Peace Building: Iraq ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Thomas Hill, director, Iraq program, Center for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, discusses his firsthand experience delivering education and peace-building programs in Iraq over the past five years.

Thursday, October 12 at 5 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: Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA); Graduate School Fair Atrium Room, University Hall, NYU (110 East 14th St., near 4th Avenue). Register at

Thursday, October 19 at 12.30 p.m. Peace Enforcement, State Building, and the Warlord’s Dilemma ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Do modern peacekeeping operations and military occupations resemble the imperialism practiced by liberal states a century ago? Kimberly Marten, professor of public policy, Barnard College; author, Enforcing the Peace: Learning from the Imperial Past, discusses the structure and process of peace enforcement operations and her upcoming article in the journal International Security entitled, “Warlordism in Comparative Perspective.”

Thursday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. Human Rights and Peace Building in Post-Conflict States: Afghanistan ** Part of the Thursday brown-bag series, Conflict, Security, and Development: Issues, Actors, and Approaches. Barnett Rubin, director of studies and senior fellow, Center on International Cooperation, NYU; author, Afghanistan’s Uncertain Transition from Turmoil to Normalcy, discusses Afghanistan’s difficult transition from religious theocracy to democracy, including major challenges such as resurgent heroin networks, warlordism, the reemergence of the Taliban, and continuing poverty and chaos.

The new NYU Center for Global Affairs, within the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies [], 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.

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