HIA Hosts its 2011 International Conference: "Towards More Just Societies: Learning from History"

July 05, 2011 | hia conference

Over 200 Fellows, Senior Fellows, Board members and distinguished guests gathered for the 2011 HIA International Conference at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Berlin from June 30 - July 3. During the International Conference, HIA presented interdisciplinary lectures, skills-building workshops and interactive discussion groups with leading speakers and exhibit presentations of grassroots projects that demonstrate how the HIA community is resisting intolerance and injustice. 

The conference started with a conversation entitled "Could the Arab Spring Bring a Transatlantic Fall?" featuring Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation and Cem Özdemir, Chairman of Alliance 90/The Greens, and moderated by Annette Heuser, the Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation in North America.

A few highlights from the conference include a keynote address from Steve Crawshaw, of Amnesty International, entitled "Small Acts of Resistance – Courageous Action, Past and Present"; a keynote address from Dr. Nivedita Prasad, Program Coordinator of the Ban Ying Counselling Center, entitled "Trafficking in Human Beings – the European Face of Modern Slavery"; and workshops lead by Srdja Popovic of CANVAS, Anne-Juliette Hermant, Global Head of Learning and Development at AXA, Mona Shair, coordinator of the Pat Cox-HIA Fellowship and Dr. Hans Binnendijk, Vice President of National Defense University and HIA Board chair.

To see the full program schedule and speakers, please click here.


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