Special Events & Series
The following Special Events are scheduled for Spring 2017.
From Trolling to Trafficking: Cyber-Sexism and Social Media
Thursday, March 9, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Cosponsored by the MSGA Transnational Security Committee and the MSGA Gender Working Group
The online space has emerged as one in which sexism and gender-based violence is openly expressed. This can take the form of “"revenge porn" and threats of violence and rape directed to women online, to the use of the dark web for human trafficking networks. Less obvious but insidious are gender biases embedded in algorithms for filtering images or posts—these filters have been shown to perpetuate negative messages about women or false news about female public figures. Law enforcement has lagged in understanding and combating the role of digital media in enabling gender-based violence and crime. Social media platforms have dragged their feet in addressed embedded gender biases in their news and other filters. How has the online space contributed to sexism and violence against women and how can law enforcement agencies and other communities most effectively respond to these threats? How have women active in social media fought back?
Join CGA faculty with other experts to discuss the intersections of gender and power online.
The Liberal State in Retreat? Globalization, Migration, and the Rise of Global Populism
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Liberalism in the West is under siege. Brexit, the electoral success of Donald Trump, the increasing strength of the Front National in France, the AfD in Germany, Syriza in Greece, and the Freedom Party in Austria—the world is witnessing a populist groundswell that has found passionate expression in parties and movements on both sides of the political spectrum. While ideologically eclectic, these parties are united in their distinctly illiberal (indeed often explicitly anti-liberal) agendas. Leftist populist parties remain socially liberal while rejecting a highly integrated neoliberal world order that they argue has not delivered significant benefits to the working classes. Populist parties on the right, on the other hand, blend concerns about economic displacement and rapid social change with their own nationalist, anti-globalization, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic, socially conservative, (white) identity message, and in so doing implicitly reject socially liberal values such as universal human rights, gender equality, and multiculturalism.
Join CGA Clinical Assistant Professor Sylvia Maier to discuss the growing support for these parties and what this signals for the future of liberal democracies in Europe and elsewhere.
Evaluating the Impact of the Trump Administration on the Nonprofit Sector: Effective Response to Policy Changes?
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Presented by the Heyman Program in Philanthropy and Fundraising
Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector, recently stated that giving in America is a powerful civic act. As the nation prepares for new leadership in Washington, the nonprofit sector is examining possible governmental changes that may affect charitable giving and delivery of vital public services: Will eliminating or limiting major deductions increase charitable giving? How can nonprofit organizations fill the gap of service delivery if there are cuts in current government spending? Will individuals curtail their giving if they perceive instability in the financial markets? If the Trump administration favors isolationism, how will international organizations carry out their vital work?
Join Jason Lee, JD, interim president and CEO of the International Association of Fundraising Professionals and a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss their ideas, concerns, and projections about charitable giving in 2017 and the nonprofit sector's commitment to serving the public good under the Trump administration.
In Print: Naomi Hossain
The Aid Lab: Understanding Bangladesh's Unexpected Success
Monday, March 27 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Development aid often gets bad press because it is seen as ineffective in lifting countries out of poverty. In The Aid Lab, Naomi Hossain (Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK) argues that aid can work, even in extremely unpromising contexts. The Aid Lab examines the extraordinary case of Bangladesh. Dealt a weak hand in natural resources and geopolitical significance, wounded by war and famine, Bangladesh has transitioned into a canny and adaptable player in the global economy. It pioneered the use of microfinance and was the earliest developing country committed to addressing women’s needs as part of poverty reduction. This is not the story of a poster child for neoliberalism, but rather of a pragmatic state selectively engaging with donors and global markets while building a social compact to mitigate vulnerability.
Join John Gershman, clinical professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, for a conversation with Hossain on what other developing countries can learn from Bangladesh.
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Its Future and Global Implications
Wednesday, April 12, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
The "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program" was an international agreement reached in July 2015 between the permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US) plus Germany and Iran to cap Tehran's capabilities to build nuclear weapons. Supporters of the agreement hailed it as an effective way of curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions. Opponents saw it as being ineffective while also allowing Iran greater power in the region. The Trump administration has been largely critical of the deal and has avowed to either tear it up or implement it more vigorously. What are the likely repercussions of the Trump administration's stated plan, not only on Washington's relations with Iran, but also on other parties to the agreement? Is this likely to lead Iran to develop nuclear weapons? Will it increase the prospects of conflict in the region?
CGA Visiting Scholar WPS Sidhu examines these questions and others with a distinguished panel of experts.
Panelists to include:
Robert Einhorn, former Secretary of State's Special Adviser for Nonproliferation and Arms Control; Senior Fellow, Brookings
Suzanne Di Maggio, Director and Senior Fellow, the New America Foundation
The Golden Age of Disinformation: Will It Destroy Democracy?
Tuesday, April 18, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
In 2017, the world enters a new age of international relations in which standards of diplomacy and protocol will be discarded. Widely accepted norms are being rejected, and facts are considered subjective. News is suspect, intelligence is rebuffed, and our political systems are now fair game for adversarial manipulation. Technology and capitalism have created a perfect storm: the golden age of disinformation. How has global media convergence contributed to the current climate? Has the Internet been a net positive or negative so far for democracy? What hazards does such disinformation pose for the advancement of our understanding, especially as a leading nation in science and technology? Can measures, technical or otherwise, be taken to mitigate the effects of disinformation?
Volunteerism and Philanthropy: Understanding the Impact of the Individual
Wednesday, April 19, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Presented by the Heyman Program in Philanthropy and Fundraising
The role of volunteerism as a philanthropic method is complex. Individuals seek out opportunities to give back in meaningful ways, and those opportunities come in various forms through numerous programs from different sectors. But whether nonprofit, corporate, private or government-based civic programs, they share a purpose: to engage individuals and groups to have a positive impact in the communities they support and serve.
Join moderator Channon Lucas, vice chancellor for the Archdiocese of New York, for a conversation on the role of volunteerism as a philanthropic method, its benefits and limitations for the organization as well as the individual volunteering, and the role of politics and global events on volunteerism.