IPSA Informer: February 8-14

See below the fold for this week’s international events.  If you have an event that you’d like included, please send it to ipsainformer@gmail.com

Monday, February 8

What: Global Brigades Day Student Initiative Celebration

When: Monday, February 8, 7:00p-8:00p

Where: Palladium Multi-purpose Room

About: Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization.  Between 2008 and 2009, more than 4,000 volunteers from 140 GB university chapters in North America and Europe traveled to provide health and economic development solutions to more than 50,000 beneficiaries in Panama and Honduras.

More than 8,000 students on over 100 campuses across the world will come together on February 8th to celebrate their accomplishments and to educate and empower one another to continue the social movement! Come to learn how you can get involved and apply your skills abroad to make a real difference in under resourced communities. This meeting is open to anyone and everyone who wants to attend. *Food will be served.

Past Global Brigades projects have included: Consulting rural Panamanian microenterprises, setting up medical clinics to treat rural Hondurans, building water systems in the mountains, reforesting Panamanian rainforest and many more incredible projects. Whether you are interested in Medical, Environmental, Business, Architecture, or Law projects or just want to do work internationally, this is your chance to connect with the largest international student-led program.

Wednesday, February 10

What: Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

When: Wednesday, February 10, 12:30p-1:30p

Where: Puck, Rice

About: Please join us for the NYU book launch event for Dragon’s Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press) by Deborah Brautigam, Professor of International Development Program, American University’s School of International Service. The author will provide insights and first-hand stories from her book, with a book sale and signing to follow.

With Paul Smoke, Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs at NYU Wagner. Co-sponsored by Development Research Institute at NYU.


Thursday, February 11

What: Conflict, Security and Development Series: Forensic Assessment of Human Rights Violations: Advocacy as a Public Health Measure

When: Thursday, February 11, 12:30p-1:30p

Where: Puck, Rudin Family Forum

About: With Andrew Rasmussen, assistant professor, NYU School of Medicine; research director, Bellevue/NYU Survivors of Torture Program

Global public health may involve some degree of political advocacy, particularly for those health problems associated with abuse of a population by political authorities. A case example is presented in which doctors and psychologists undertook a forensic assessment of a population of Sikhs in Punjab, India, in support of a class action lawsuit alleging gross violations of human rights.


What: Teacher Quality: The Key to Closing the Achievement Gap?

When: Thursday, February 11, 6:30p-8:00

Where: Puck, Rudin Family Forum


This panel discussion will explore how traditional public schools and charter schools attract and retain top talent in the classroom. Panelists will discuss the role of merit pay, alternative certification, lowering barriers to entry, improved training, teacher accountability and other education reforms. Moderated by Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz. Wine and food will be served.
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Friday, February 12

What: Iran: Politics of Resistance

When: Friday, February 12, 9:30a-6:30p

Where: The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 W. 12th Street

About: This conference is presented by The New School for Social Research and dedicated to Kian Tajbakhsh.

What do social movements require to succeed? What internal and external elements are involved? And, what are the options for non-violent resistance when a government constantly and violently suppresses calls for change?

This conference explores the strategies and tactics of everyday resistance, in particular that of women and the youth, in the face of systematic electoral fraud, a non-democratic constitution, a ruler with virtually unrestricted power, and a constant crackdown on civil society. How should internal resistance to a repressive theocratic regime be supported from the outside? Focusing on Iran’s recent, controversial June presidential elections, the conference is organized into three panel discussions.

More details and RSVP

What: Health: A Universal Dialect(ic)? Access to Health in the Developing World

When: Friday, February 12, 1:00p-8:00p

Where: Columbia University
IAB Building, 420 W 118th Street, 15th Floor

About: The Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID) invites you to join us at this year’s annual conference: Health: A Universal Dialect(ic)? Access to Health in the Developing World. The event will feature a keynote speech by Emi Mclean, US Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, it will be followed by a panel on micro-insurance featuring Dr. Alex Preker of the World Bank, Inez Murray from Women’s World Banking, Barbara Magnoni of EA Consultants and Denis Garand from Health Insurance Consultants. This exciting event will also host a debate on the topic of HIV/AIDS funding featuring Professor Bhaven Sampat of the Mailman School of Public Health and Gregg Gonsalves, recipient of the John M. Lloyd Foundation AIDS Leadership Award. Finally, students from NYU and Columbia will showcase their work at a speed conference.

Details and RSVP

Saturday, February 13

What: NYU Global South Asia Conference: Powers in the Periphery

When: Saturday, February 13, 9:00a

Where: Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center

About: ASPI (South Asian Studies Program Initiative) would like to proudly invite you to attend our upcoming Second Annual NYU Global South Asia Conference on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Rosenthal Pavilion.  This conference seeks to bring together students, academics, and professionals from the tri-state area and beyond who have a vested interest in promoting and advancing the study of South Asia.  This year’s conference will focus on South Asia and its borders and how this dynamic interplay of power, economies and culture affects South Asia’s position in a new globalized world, hence our theme: “Powers in the Periphery.” It is a great opportunity to both broaden your understanding of one of the world’s most fascinating and important regions and to network with like-minded students and top academics and professionals.

If you would like to volunteer for this conference please feel free to contact us at nyusaspi@gmail.com.

Details and RSVP

Jobs, Internships, Etc.

What: Clinton Global Initiative University

Apply now to attend the third annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)!  Applying and attending are FREE.  The deadline for applications is February 22, 2010, but space is filling up quickly and we encourage you to apply now.  This year’s meeting will take place at the University of Miami, Florida from April 16 – 18, 2010.

The 2010 meeting – hosted jointly by President Clinton and the University of Miami – will focus on how students like you can take practical action to solve global challenges in education, environment & climate change, peace & human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.  Attendees will be exposed to a broad range of luminaries from a variety of sectors.  Confirmed speakers this year include USHER and former White House Chief of Staff JOHN PODESTA.

CGI U is a growing community of young leaders who don’t just discuss the world’s challenges – they take real, concrete steps toward solving them.

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One response to “IPSA Informer: February 8-14”

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