Humanity in Action Announces the 2017 International Conference Program Speakers and Schedule

June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 — Humanity in Action is thrilled to announce the complete program schedule and list of speakers for the Eighth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Berlin. 

The 2017 International Conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic.


The conference will include keynotes, discussions and workshops with leading international experts. It will also feature the annual Senior Fellow Reunion Dinner, workshops, networking opportunities and tours within Berlin.
Keynote speakers for the conference include Irene Braam (Executive Director, Bertelsmann Foundation), Sophie Ellman-Golan (Deputy Head of Socials and Outreach, Women’s March, US), Dr. Şeyda Emek (Visiting Scholar, Columbia University),  Aisha Fukushima (‘RAPtivist’ – Artist and Activist; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow), Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza), Dr. Judith S. Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action), Márton Gulyás (Founder, Common Country Movement, Hungary), Martin S. Kaplan (Humanity in Action Board Member), Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky (Head of Department European Union/North America, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin), Lorenz Narku Laing (Humanity in Action Germany Board Member and Senior Fellow), Monika Mazur-Rafał (National Director, President of the Managing Board, Humanity in Action, Poland), Wenzel Michalski (Director, Human Rights Watch Germany), Barbara Nowacka (Organizer and Chair, Polish “Save Women” Initiative; Activist, “Czarny [Black] Protest" Movement), Sophie Pornschlegel (Project Manager, Progressives Zentrum), Dr. Nivedita Prasad (Professor, Alice Salomon University), Marietje Schaake (Member of European Parliament – D66/ALDE; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow), Dr. Klaus Scharioth (Dean, Mercator College for International Affairs and Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Former German Ambassador to the United States), Antje Scheidler (International Director of European Programs and National Director, Humanity in Action, Germany), Prof. John Shattuck (Professor of Practice in Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy), Jan Techau (Director, Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance, American Academy in Berlin), Andrea Young (Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, US).
For more information on the conference, please contact the conference organizers at

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