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The following Special Events are scheduled for Spring 2017.

Special Events

HAS PEACEBUILDING FAILED? THE SHIFT TO SUSTAINING PEACE
COSPONSORED BY THE INITIATIVE FOR PEACEBUILDING THROUGH EDUCATION AND THE PEACE AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION CLUB Friday, September 15, 6–8.30 p.m.

How has the concept of Sustaining Peace deepened our understanding of Peacebuilding? A panel of MSGA students who recently completed summer graduate student consultancies through the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding will address the importance of Sustaining Peace from the perspective of young practitioners. Following their discussion, a panel of senior practitioners will hold a critical discussion about why some actors have begun to distance themselves from the concept of Peacebuilding, while the idea of Sustaining Peace has begun to gain traction at the United Nations and elsewhere.

Panel to include:

Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation
Marc Jacquand, Executive Office, UN Secretary-General
Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Adviser, International Peace Institute

8 BORDERS, 8 DAYS:
STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION WITH SYRIAN REFUGEES
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH INDEPENDENT DIPLOMAT AND CIVIC HALL
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: Civic Hall, 118 West 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011

CGA, Independent Diplomat, and Civic Hall invite you to a special documentary screening and panel discussion on the global migration crisis. With 65.6 million people forcibly displaced in 2016, we’re in the midst of an unprecedented global challenge. This event will provide firsthand insights into the front lines of the refugee crisis: following a screening of the documentary 8 Borders, 8 Days, our panelists will describe their journeys from Syria to safety and ultimately to the United Nations to advocate for an ambitious and effective refugee policy.

8 Borders, 8 Days follows Sham, a Syrian mother, to depict the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the US, and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out for Sham and her children. 8 Borders, 8 Days offers an immersive experience of their harrowing eight-day journey to safety, explaining why this single mother was willing to risk her children’s lives for a better future.

After the screening, please join us for a panel discussion with the filmmaker and representatives from the Network for Refugee Voices, formed by refugees who draw from their personal and professional experiences to fight for better international refugee policy, and now visiting New York for UN negotiations on the soon-to-be-adopted Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Mayors Summit.

THE POWER OF CHARITABLE GIVING:
THE ANNUAL REPORT ON PHILANTHROPY FOR THE YEAR 2016
PRESENTED BY THE HEYMAN PROGRAM FOR PHILANTHROPY AND FUNDRAISING Wednesday, September 27, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Charitable organizations in the United States fared well in 2016, with total giving reaching $390.05 billion, which included strong growth in individual giving. Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016 was the 62nd annual report on giving, and the traditional report focused on individuals, corporations, foundations, and bequests and the impact these gifts had on today’s nonprofits—helping fundraising and philanthropy professionals to understand and take advantage of the changes in philanthropy, refocus nonprofit outreach to donors, and compare individual organizational findings with national trends.

Join Rachel Hutchisson, vice president of corporate citizenship and philanthropy at Blackbaud and a member of The Giving Institute, and faculty members of the Heyman Program as they review and examine The Annual Report on Philanthropy for 2016, discuss national trends in growth, forecast future giving, and describe models for fundraising campaigns.

SPECIAL EVENT—THE TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP:
EUROPE AND THE US IN A NEW ERA
COSPONSORED BY THE OFFICE OF TAMAS MESZERICS, MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT; THE NYU REMARQUE INSTITUTE; AND THE NYU CENTER FOR EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES SAVE THE DATES: Monday–Tuesday, October 30–31

Are Europe and the United States destined to grow apart after more than 70 years of partnership? Join academics, policymakers, and other members of the international community in an examination of the transatlantic ties that have generally united Europe and the US; the current status of that relationship, including the issues that divide us; and areas in which a strengthened partnership would be most effective, such as transnational security, trade, and the current refugee crisis.

UNDERSTANDING THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT: THE CORNERSTONE OF PUBLIC TRUST IN THE CHARITABLE COMMUNITY
PRESENTED BY THE HEYMAN PROGRAM FOR PHILANTHROPY AND FUNDRAISING Thursday, November 2, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

More than 4,900 nonprofit organizations have signed on to protest the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a provision of the US tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates. In May 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order “to defend the freedom of religion and speech” for the purpose of easing the Johnson Amendment.

The National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector oppose legislation to repeal the Johnson Amendment on the grounds that it protects the integrity and independence of charitable nonprofits and foundations, allowing them to carry out their missions free of partisan divisions.

Join Aimee Simpierre, editor-at-large for New York Nonprofit Media, for a discussion about the Johnson Amendment and the national movement to maintain the amendment, which is considered essential to avoid partisanship in the nonprofit sector and to permit organizations to continue serving all in need.

NORTH KOREA AND THE NUCLEAR DETERRENCE CHALLENGE Monday, November 20, 6:30–7:45 p.m.

Today, the international community faces a convergence of geopolitical competition and nuclear threats unseen since the end of the Cold War. The imbroglio over a nuclear-armed and very dangerous North Korea involving the United States, China, and other actors epitomizes this peril. How does the North Korean situation differ from the case of Iran, and why has the international community found so little success in preventing proliferation there? As the world accustoms itself to a nuclear North Korea, what multilateral responses might be appropriate to assure stability and prevent any regional or global nuclear conflicts? Join our panel moderated by Clinical Associate Professor W.P.S. Sidhu to discuss these developments and how they might play out.

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