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2019 Events

2019 Events

The following are some events for 2019. Follow the links for more information and locations.
All events are free unless otherwise noted. Listing of event does not imply endorsement.


January 14, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm : Seeking Resolution in Situations of Conflict (Panel)
How do we transition from a state of war to a state of peace? Who are the actors involved? Which peacemaking strategies are most effective in helping to disentangle complicated situations of conflict? Diplomats, peacemaking experts, committed artists and journalists will share with us their views on these sensitive issues along with various innovative approaches to making long-lasting peace.

January 24 : Thursday Civil Society Briefing
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January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : When Did We Become So Polarized? A History of the US Since 1974
American society is fractured, along economic, racial and partisan lines. Today we don’t even believe the same facts. But this did not start in 2016. In their new book, Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, Princeton historians Kevin Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer trace nearly five decades of division. They start the story in 1974, when Watergate, the defeat in Vietnam, racial conflict and economic convulsions began an unsettling new political era.

January 29, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm : Better Angels: Documentary Screening and Panel
China’s rise has become one, if not the most consequential developments for the world — an economic and geopolitical phenomenon that has not gone unnoticed by the U.S. The “Thucydides Trap” of great power conflict due to a state of mutual distrust has, therefore, become a subject of discussion in recent years. Are the U.S. and China destined for war?
Join us for a screening of Better Angels, a documentary film that argues for the U.S. and China to overcome economic rivalries, ideological challenges and cultural differences to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes not only for both countries but also for the world.

January 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Book Launch–Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf
Please join us for the launch of Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf, the next book in the Center on Global Energy Policy Series published by the Columbia University Press. Author Jim Krane, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, traces the history of the Gulf states’ energy use and policies, looking in particular at how energy subsidies have distorted demand. Krane expertly lays out the hard choices that Gulf leaders face to keep petro-states viable in a world increasingly focused on combating climate change.
Guests unable to attend in person can view a livestream of the event at

January 30, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm : Financing the SDGs, Privatization, and Human Rights
A Discussion with Jeffrey Sachs and Philip Alston
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to provide a roadmap for all governments to eliminate extreme poverty and achieve a range of other key economic and social goals by 2030. However, financing to achieve these objectives, including the eradication of extreme poverty, currently falls trillions of dollars short. Achievement of the SDGs is at risk unless current finance trajectories can be shifted. Jeffrey Sachs, the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the SDGs, and Philip Alston, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will discuss the relationship between finance, human rights, and the SDGs, including a focus on current trends toward privatization.


February 5, 7:00 pm : NYTimes at The New School: Civilian Casualties of the War on Terror
Tickets $25 or $15 for NYTimes All Access Plus and Home Delivery subscribers
Doors open at 6:15
A rare convergence of experts on the human costs of war will discuss the often-ignored outgrowth of the global war on terror: two decades of civilian casualties. New York Times journalist and Marine Corps infantry veteran C. J. Chivers, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his 2016 story about an Afghan war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, will moderate the discussion. The panelists are Alissa J. Rubin, the Times Paris bureau chief who won a Pulitzer Prize for foreign reporting on Afghanistan in 2015; Azmat Khan, an investigative reporter and New York Times Magazine contributor, who uncovered civilian casualties among nearly 150 airstrike sites across northern Iraq; and writer Brian Castner, a veteran of the Iraq war and weapons expert for Amnesty International’s crisis team, who also investigates war crimes and human rights violations.

February 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm : Islamaphobia, Race and Global Politics
Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics is a powerful introduction to the scope of Islamophobia in the U.S. Drawing on examples such as the legacy of Barack Obama and the mainstream media’s portrayal of Muslims, Professor Kazi highlights the vast impact of Islamophobia, connecting this to a long history of US racism.
Professor Kazi shows how American Islamophobia and racism occur within the borders of the United States, and as a matter of foreign policy and global politics.

February 7: Thursday Civil Society Briefing
Interfaith dialogue organized in observance of Interfaith Harmony Week
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

February 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm : A Conversation with Scott Shay: Does Faith Unite or Divide Us?
Free for Students with Valid ID
The Jewish Week in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is proud to present this conversation with Scott Shay and Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Rabbit Elliot Cosgrove and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz.

February 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm : 2019 Civil Society Forum by the NGO Committee for Social Development
Orientation and overview

February 11-21 : Commission for Social Development 57

February 11, 6:00 pm
The Propensity to Hoard is Stronger than the Inducement to Invest: Keynes’s Critical History of Capitalism

Lecture with Jonathan Levy, Professor of US History and Fundamentals at The University of Chicago. Part of Critical History Today, a public lecture series by the Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City.

February 12: Tuesday Civil Society Chat Series
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

February 14: Thursday Civil Briefing
Start Local, Go Global: Bridging Sustainable Practices in Film, Food, and Waste
Food production, consumption and waste
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

February 15, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm: 2019 Civil Society Forum by the NGO Committee for Social Development
Full Day Forum
10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Panel Discussion on the Priority Theme
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Regional Breakouts and Plenary

February 19, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm : Authors Discuss Investor vs. Human Rights in the Global Economy
Liberal legal systems can make economic life predictable, but have a spottier track record protecting the interests of those who lack economic power. Heading into the 2020 political cycle, what role do (or could) US institutions play in aggravating or lessening economic liberalism’s downsides? Join CCSI, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, for a discussion with three authors on this tension.
Samuel Moyn, professor of law and history at Yale; author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World
Todd N. Tucker, political scientist and fellow at the Roosevelt Institute; author of Judge Knot: Politics and Development in International Investment Law
Tonya Putnam, associate professor of political science at Columbia University; author of Courts without Borders: Laws, Politics, and U.S. Extraterritoriality

February 22, 8:00 am – 5:00pm : UNA USA 2019 Global Engagement Summit
Tickets $20-$45
The Global Engagement Summit allows UN advocates to participate in a day of dynamic and informative discussions on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. This event unites world leaders with our nation’s top grassroots change-makers.

February 27, 12:00pm-1:30pm : Faith and National Fratricide
Wagner Professor David Elcott, will discuss insights from a book he is editing with political analyst and theologians in Indonesia, India, Israel, Central Europe and the United States. David will discuss the increased linkage of populism, nationalism and the use of religious identity to fuel anti-democratic values and policies across the globe. He will present findings on how a call to tribalism, xenophobia and anger are gaining strength and how religion is the propellant.

February 28, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Becoming Humanitarian: The Making of an ICRC Delegate
What makes a humanitarian? Is it an individual’s altruistic motivations to come to the help of distant suffering others or instead simply one’s contractual status as the employee of a humanitarian organization? This talk explores the relationship between the institution and the individual in the crafting of professional minds and bodies, and practices that foster exclusion and discrimination that are integral to processes of professionalization.
Dr. Monique J. Beerli is currently a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research, where she is conducting a new project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on the professionalization of ICRC delegates.

February 28 : Conference Townhall
68th United Nations Civil Society Conference Townhall
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events


March 4, 6:00 pm : Civil War and Critical History
Lecture with Andrew Zimmerman, Professor of History and International Affairs at The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. Part of Critical History Today, a public lecture series by the Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City.

March 10-22: NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW63)
Volunteer Opportunities Available

March 11-22 : Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63): Social Protection, Public Services, Infrastructure

March 18, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm : The Singapore Convention: Compliance with Cross-Border Mediated Settlement
The Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and Touro Law Center are hosting a symposium on the forthcoming United Nations treaty on compliance with cross-border mediated settlement agreements—to be called the Singapore Mediation Convention. The program will feature speakers who helped draft the Convention, as well as experts on the enforcement of mediated settlement agreements.

March 19 : Tuesday Civil Society Chat Series
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

March 28 : Thursday Civil Society Briefing
Remember Slavery: The Power of the Arts for Justice
Organized in partnership with UN Education Outreach Programme in observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March)
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

March 29, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm : Keeping Up with the Nguyens: When Poor Immigrants Return to the Homeland
This lecture focuses on the social and personal sides of monetary flows in the Vietnamese diaspora. With few exceptions, the private use of money has been considered too personal and too mysterious for migration scholars to tackle, unless they examine “development issues,” such as daily household expenditures. Prof. Hung Cam Thai will focus on low-wage Vietnamese immigrants in the United States, who make up a significant portion of the aging Vietnamese diaspora, but also pay equal attention to their left-behind family members in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. In this lecture, Prof. Thai documents why these immigrants give such generous financial support to their left-behind family members, and why they spend beyond their means upon return visits, despite living in precarious situations abroad.


April 8, 6:00 pm : Doing transnational history: The case of the Chinese Question
Lecture with Mae Ngai – Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. Part of Critical History Today, a public lecture series by the Department of Historical Studies at the New School in New York City.

April 11 : The Future of Work
Organized in partnership with Lehigh University and International Labor Organization (ILO) to mark the 100th Anniversary of ILO
Venue: Bethlehem, PA; Lehigh University
Full Listing of Spring 2019 DPI/NGO Events

April 30 : Tues Civil Society Chat Series
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