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Special Events & Series

The following Special Events and a new Annual Series are scheduled for Fall 2015.

Special Events

Uncovering the Gendered Dynamics in Global Affairs: Peace, Development, and Human Rights Beyond 2015
Thursday, September 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Women’s rights and fundamental freedoms are increasingly under attack. Some conservative groups and states are backtracking on gains made at the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Violent extremists have made the restriction of women’s rights one of their prime social change objectives. Now, on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform, and at the start of the U.N. Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, CGA celebrates the launch of our MSGA Global Gender Studies Concentration by examining the current state of gender equality and the urgent need for its promotion in ending conflict and building peaceful and prosperous societies.

Moderated by Nermeen Shaikh, coproducer and cohost, Democracy Now!

Modern World—Modern Threats? Responses to Hybrid Aggression
Monday, September 28, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

To mark the launch of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET), the Center for Global Affairs and NYU School of Professional Studies are honored to welcome Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia and a noted expert and commentator in a range of fields, from cybersecurity and e-government to transatlantic relations and Russia's policies towards NATO and the Baltic. In conversation with Dr. Galeotti, a globally recognized expert in transnational crime, nonconventional conflict, and Russian security affairs, President Ilves will address the security challenges of the modern world and in particular how Western, democratic societies can address the diverse and blended "hybrid" threat posed most recently by Russia.

Featuring Toomas Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia, in conversation with Mark Galeotti, director of the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats. Introduction by Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies.

Annual Series: Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman Lecture Series on the Psychology of Philanthropy

Monday, November 9, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Why do people give and what determines their choices? Philanthropy is a critical and complex part of societies around the world. The motivations of people to give are as varied as the causes they support. Are there generational differences that affect the culture of giving? Lukas Haynes, executive director of the David Rockefeller Fund, will moderate a conversation on the psychology of philanthropy with leaders in the philanthropic world who represent diverse approaches to giving.

The late Dr. Mona Riklis Ackerman taught The Psychology of Philanthropy at the NYU School of Professional Studies Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Her memory is honored through the generous support of this series by her children Ari Ackerman and Gila Ackerman Steinbock.

Pre-registration is required for events and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a complete list of CGA events.