Events 2005

November 10, 2005
EMPA Homecoming 2005
(Social Event)
Time: 7:30 - 11:00 pm
Location: Faculty House, 400 West 117th Street

Please join your fellow EMPA classmates and alumni for our Second Annual EMPA Homecoming! Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP by Friday, November 4th. Go to: or use keyword EMPA HOME. Inquiries: or 212-854-8671

October 13, 2005
EMPA Fall Policy Forum 2005
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: Room 1501 IAB
November 1, 2005
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

This event will be offered twice to better accommodate student and alumni schedules: Saturday, October 29th from 1pm-2:30pm (Lunch provided) and Tuesday, November 1st from 6:30pm-8:00pm No RSVP required.

Program Description

The response to any crisis that causes the upheaval of large numbers of people initially focuses on their most immediate needs: medical attention, food, water and shelter. But how do we begin to meet the more complicated needs of populations who are displaced indefinitely due to natural disaster, war or ethnic or religious conflict?

During this session, panelists representing organizations of distinct size, history and focus will discuss their experiences working with refugee groups around the world, placing particular emphasis on the causes of displacement, immediate and long-term needs of the population and issues around resettlement and reintegration.

In a question and answer period following, audience members will have the opportunity to explore the complexities of meeting the needs of displaced persons both abroad and here in the United States.


Sara Green, Executive Director, Art for Refugees in Transition
Dan Lipka, Grants Officer, International Rescue Committee
Joan Trant, Deputy Executive Director, The Resource Foundation

Organizational Information:

Art for Refugees in Transition helps rebuild communities in refugee camps worldwide through preservation of indigenous arts. A.R.T. provides curricula and training programs to engage both children and adults in visual, performing and creative arts drawn from their own cultures.

The International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.

The Resource Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1987 for the purpose of cultivating productive relationships between sustainable private development organizations (PDOs) in Latin America and selective donors worldwide by leveraging capital and information resources to increase the self-reliance and living standards of the disadvantaged.

October 13, 2005
SIPA Alumni: Happy Hour (Social Event)
Time: 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Location: Kush, 191 Chrystie Street
Sponsored by SIPA Alumni Relations

Join SIPA alums for the October Happy Hour on Thursday, October 13th. Celebrate in style at Kush, a fantastic new bar in Soho that features belly dancers, hookahs, a great Middle Eastern vibe, and lots of great drinks and food generously provided by Alumni Relations. For our friends observing Yom Kippur, we hope that you'll come break the fast with old

Remember to arrive early as free food and drinks are limited, and Kush's half-price happy hour runs until 9. Be sure to check in with Alumni Relations when you come in, and bring your business cards for networking purposes. As always, this event is open, so please feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.

October 10, 2005
SIPA Alumni: 11th Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum

Time: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Room 1501 IAB
Topic: The Global City: New York City as Model and Magnet

Keynote Address by: Dr. Saskia Sassen, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago adn Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics

Register online at: or call 212-854-8671

October 1, 2005
SIPA Alumni: 11th Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Room 400 IAB (Picker Center)
Early Evening Mexican Merienda for 1st and 2nd Year Students
Hosted by The EMPA Forum Board of Directors

Join us for Mexican munchies and beer after a long Saturday of classes! No need to RSVP.

September 26, 2005
SIPA Alumni: SIPA Features Ambassador Richard Gardner
(Social event)
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Columbia University Club of New York, 15 West 43rd Street (bet. 5th & 6th Avenues
The Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs & The Columbia Law School are pleased to welcome: Ambassador Richard Garnder, Professor of Law & International Organization, Author of: Mission Italy: On the Front Lines of the Cold War
(Buffett lunch will be served)

Cost: $25 (free for members of the Columbia Club/Princeton Club of New York). Call 212-854-8671 to charge to Visa/Mastercard.

September 22, 2005
SIPA Alumni: Wine-tasting Autumn Happy Hour
(Social event)
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Sortie, 329 West 51st Street (north-side of the street, b/w 8th & 9th Ave); 212-265-0650;

Hello SIPA Alumni, There once was a time when we all had to go back to school...

Come out and celebrate those days gone by with your fellow SIPA Alumni at a wine-tasting Autumn Happy Hour. As a special treat, Dean Anderson plans to join us in bidding farewell to summer!

RSVP using SORTIE as keyword at:

We have reserved space in the lounge (back area) for this event.
Alumni Affairs is kindly providing appetizers and great drink specials for this event! Be sure to arrive early as free food and drinks are limited. As always, this event is open, so please feel free to forward to friends/colleagues.

Remember...bring your business cards for networking purposes. Please be sure to check-in with Alumni Affairs upon arrival!


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