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Posted on on December 4th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

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Public Forum on Climate Change, Sandy, and the Future of New York City

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Dec 5, 2012 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

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Public Forum on Climate Change, Sandy, and the Future of New York City Image

Please note the venue has changed for this public forum. It was previously organized to take place at the NYU Global Center Concourse, Room 095, but will now take place next door in the Eisner and Lubin Auditorium in the Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South on the 4th Floor.

A few weeks ago, New York City–along with a long swath of North America’s Atlantic coast and several Carribean islands–was battered by Superstorm Sandy, a weather system that caused unprecedented damage to hundreds of communities. The Institute for Public Knowledge is organizing a Public Forum at NYU to think broadly about this storm, climate change, and the city of New York. How do we prepare for a future with more frequent and violent storms? What are the roles for government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in emergency preparedness? What are the public health implications–both long-term and short? Does New York need a massive design intervention, or some new housing codes? When we rebuild, where should we rebuild–and how?

This forum will feature panelists Heidi Cullen (Climate Watch), Klaus Jacob (Columbia/SIPA), Dale Jamieson (NYU/Environmental Studies), and Eric Klinenberg (NYU/IPK/Sociology), and it will be moderated by Chelsea Clinton (Oxford/NYU).

Participant Biographies

Chelsea Clinton was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1980, and has lived in Washington, Palo Alto, Oxford, New York and London. She holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford and a MPH from Columbia?s Mailman School of Public Health. Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford. Chelsea also works at New York University, the Clinton Foundation and with the Clinton Global Initiative. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.

Heidi Cullen serves as Chief Climatologist for Climate Central ? a non-profit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cullen is the author of The Weather of the Future published by Harper Collins. Before joining Climate Central, where she reports on climate and energy issues, Dr. Cullen served as The Weather Channel?s first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on issues related to climate change and the environment. Prior to that Dr. Cullen worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. She received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University?s International Research Institute for Climate and Society working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay. She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Dr. Cullen also serves as a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

Klaus Jacob’s analysis of transportation infrastructure for New York State in 2011 in many ways anticipated the impact of Sandy on NYC. Dr. Jacob has worked at Columbia University for over forty years. He started as research associate in geophysics and seismology at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (1968-73). Since 1973 he has been a Senior Research Scientist at LDEO, a position from which he retired in 2001. Presently, Professor Jacob is a part-time Special Research Scientist at LDEO, combined with Adjunct Professor position at SIPA (2000-present). He has also taught at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Barnard College (1999-2005), and the Graduate School for Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (2001-2003).

Dale Jamieson is Director of Environmental Studies at New York University, where he is also Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor of Law. Formerly he was Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Change at Carleton College, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was the only faculty member to have won both the Dean’s award for research in the social sciences and the Chancellor’s award for research in the humanities. He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State University, and Monash and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. He is also past president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics.

Eric Klinenberg is Director of NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, and Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications. Klinenberg is the author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, which was published in February 2012 by the Penguin Press, as well as the award-winning books Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America?s Media. Klinenberg is a prominent public sociologist whose work has been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Smithsonian, Time Magazine, and National Public Radio. He has published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and has contributed to popular outlets such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique, Slate, and the radio program This American Life.

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Panel Discussion | Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

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Dec 6, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, Social and Cultural Analysis

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Panel Discussion | Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else Image

Join Public Books and the Institute for Public Knowledge for a panel discussion centered on the new book by Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (Penguin, 2012). Freeland is the Global Editor-at-Large of Reuters, and she will be joined in this panel discussion by Robert H. Frank, Professor of Management and Economics at Cornell University; Shamus Khan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University; and Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research.

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation–as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed.

What?s changed is more than numbers. Today, most colossal fortunes are new, not inherited–amassed by perceptive businessmen who see themselves as deserving victors in a cut-throat international competition. As a transglobal class of successful professionals, today?s self-made oligarchs often feel they have more in common with one another than with their countrymen back home. Bringing together the economics and psychology of these new super-rich, Plutocrats puts us inside a league very much of its own, with its own rules.

The closest mirror to our own time is the late nineteenth century Gilded Age–the era of powerful ?robber barons? like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. Then as now, emerging markets and innovative technologies collided to produce unprecedented wealth for more people than ever in human history. Yet those at the very top benefited far more than others–and from this pinnacle they exercised immense and unchecked power in their countries. Today?s closest analogue to these robber barons can be found in the turbulent economies of India, Brazil, and China, all home to ferocious market competition and political turmoil. But wealth, corruption, and populism are no longer constrained by national borders, so this new Gilded Age is already transforming the economics of the West as well. Plutocrats demonstrates how social upheavals generated by the first Gilded Age may pale in comparison to what is in store for us, as the wealth of the entire globalized world is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

Cracking open the tight-knit world of the new global super-rich is Chrystia Freeland, an acclaimed business journalist who has spent nearly two decades reporting on the new transglobal elite. She parses an internal Citigroup memo that urges clients to design portfolios around the international ?Plutonomy? and not the national ?rest?; follows Russian, Mexican, and Indian oligarchs during the privatization boom as they manipulate the levers of power to commandeer their local economies; breaks down the gender divide between the vast female-managed ?middle class? and the world?s one thousand billionaires; shows how, by controlling both the economic and political institutions of their nation, the richest members of China?s National People?s Congress have amassed more wealth than every branch of American government combined–the president, his cabinet, the justices of the Supreme Court, and both houses of Congress.

This event is co-sponsored by Public Books.


Green Imaginaries: considering the relationship of urban agriculture, visuality and public policies.

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Dec 10, 2012 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, IPK Main Conference Room

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Join Pierluigi Musar? (Bologna University, Italy), Roberta Bartoletti, (Urbino University, Italy), Sylvie Tissot, (University of Paris-8, France), Rupal Sanghvi, (Founder of HealthxDesign), Lenny Librizzi, (Open Space Greening, GrowNYC), and Shanti Nagel, (Director of Community Cultivation, Clinton Housing Development Company), to discuss “Green Imagininaries: considering the relationship of urban agriculture, visuality and public policies.”

Urban agriculture is part of a movement which is gaining attention in many cities across the world. Awareness of the potential benefits of urban agriculture is increasing, along with a desire to participate directly to this social experiment full of symbolic meanings.

Urban agriculture intersects with a variety of issues–public health, healthy food access, green space, air and water quality, economic development, and community engagement–each of which is politically contested and seen by advocates as critical to the ongoing sustainability and livability of our cities. Urban farming creates opportunities for city-dwellers to become more involved in issues of food provenance and food security. If adopted on a large scale, it could spur broader systemic changes to industrial food processes, and could shake up consumer attitudes.

Ecological concerns have become more mainstream, but do they benefit everybody? How do productive green spaces contribute to the city?s social, cultural, economic, and environmental well-being? Why do people community garden? How is community gardening being reshaped in a neoliberal context–has it lost its radical edge to become an instrument of neoliberal governmentality? How is urban agriculture represented in the media? What role does mapping play in planning and community involvement? What is the relationship between green practices, social imaginary and public policies?

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