Program Schedule


May 29

Welcome to Washington and Humanity in Action

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship begins with two Humanity in Action traditions. The first is dinner at the home of Judy and Stanley Hallet in northwest Washington. Judy and Stanley – both longtime supporters of Humanity in Action – have hosted opening dinners for our Fellows for more than a decade. Stanley, an architect, and Judy, a documentarian filmmaker, examine social and environmental conditions through their creative work. The second tradition is called “Bring An Object,” In this exercise, each Fellow and staff member introduce themselves by showing and explaining an object that illustrates the individual’s connection to Humanity in Action’s issues –  human rights, diversity or international affairs. The objects and stories can be funny, poignant or anything in between. 

  • Introductions and drinks with Judith S. Goldstein, Anthony Chase, Monika Mazur-Rafal, Antje Scheidler and Carlos Gonzalez (Humanity in Action)
  • Dinner 

May 30 (Memorial Day)

American Power and Myths

Our program begins on Memorial Day with an exploration of American power and American myth – seen both from afar and from Washington. We are concerned here with the central concepts, myths and truths that make up the ‘Idea of America’ as a beacon – or failure – of liberal democracy. In the morning, we will contemplate American wealth and poverty seen through the groundbreaking photography and life of Jacob A. Riis – now on show at the opulent Library of Congress. Riis’s photographs captured the extreme poverty of New York’s tenements and undermined the myth of American opportunity and a nation being welcoming of immigrants. In the afternoon, Judith S. Goldstein will discuss the paradox of American exceptionalism on the global stage. David E. Sanger, the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, will then turn to contemporary affairs to discuss Washington as a powerhub and the challenges and limits to American  power, especially under the Obama administration. DeLessin “Roo” George Warren will then join us by video to introduce our next site visit – an inventive audio tour of the Presidential Portrait Gallery that reframes U.S. history to consider the systematic oppression of indigenous peoples. We will end the evening with a dinner with Humanity in Action Senior Fellows who live in Washington and work law, policy, development and other fields.

  • Site Visit: Tour of exhibition “Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’” with Deborah Dakin (Docent, Library of Congress)
  • Introduction
  • Lunch and group discussion led by Carlos Gonzalez (Humanity in Action)
  • The Paradox of American Exceptionalism with Judith S. Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action)
  • Challenges to American Power with David E. Sanger (Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times)
  • Video Presentation: Presidential Mythology and Indigenous History with DeLessin “Roo” George Warren (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
  • Site Visit: Presidential Portrait Gallery with Audio Guide developed by DeLessin “Roo” George Warren
  • Dinner with Humanity in Action Senior Fellows

May 31

War and Memory

U.S. foreign relations have largely been defined by national security and military might. On the second day our programming, we will turn our attention to security, memory and the changing attitudes of Americans toward military engagement abroad. We will begin at the Smithsonian for American history by catching a glimpse of the Star-Spangled Banner, the enormous garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812 with the British and would later become an American icon. We will then tour parts of an expansive exhibit on Americans at war beginning with the Vietnam war. While in the exhibit, think about the interplay between military engagement abroad and domestic affairs and cultural change at home. Think of the museum as the official showcasing of American history. What is missing, and what kind of story does the U.S. government want to tell? We will then walk across the National Mall to meet Paul D. Spreiregen, an architect, to view the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials and to discuss the memorialization of complex wartime histories and spatial design in Washington more broadly. We will then turn to thorny questions of civil liberties and counterterrorism in modern warfare and particular policy changes under recent U.S. administrations. 

  • Exhibition: “The Price of Freedom – Americans at War” 
  • Walk across the National Mall 
  • Site Visits: The Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Context and Perspective with Paul D. Spreiregen (architect and author)
  • War and Civil Liberties in the Age of Terrorism with Kate Martin (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress)
  •  Group Discussion led by Jennifer Kuklenski and Roya Talibova 

June 1

Development and Human Rights

We will examine issues in development from three particular perspectives. First, we will meet with Nageeb Sumar of the Gates Foundation to discuss the influence of private wealth in international development. How can philanthropists tackle challenges that governments cannot? What democratic questions of governance do these dynamics raise? We will explore particular case at the intersection of human rights and development – the cost of homophobia for economic development with a discussion with Randy W. Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, and a panel of experts from government, international finance and civil society. In the afternoon, we will turn to local challenges in development by visiting Anacostia, an economically depressed neighborhood of the District of Columbia. We will view a major exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum about the period of economic, political and social change in Washington in the 1960s and 70s with Marjorie Lightman, one of the curators of the exhibit.   

  • Introduction
  • The Power of Philanthropy in Development Aid with Nageeb Sumar (Deputy Director for Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Challenges and Opportunities: The State of the Global LGBTI Rights Movement with Randy W. Berry (Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, U.S. Department of State)
  • Panel Discussion: Toward a More Inclusive Development Agenda: Sexual Minorities and International Development with Ajit Joshi (Senior LGBT and Inclusive Development Advisor, USAID), Ty Cobb (Director of HRC Global, Human Rights Campaign) and Robert Oelrichs (Senior Health Specialist, The World Bank) facilitated by Andreas Holzinger (Humanity in Action Fellow)
  • Exhibition Tour: “Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975”
  • Discussion on Development and Political Change in Washington with Dr. Marjorie Lightman (Partner, QED Associates)

June 2

Diplomacy and Ethics 

Thursday, June 2, is devoted to examining moral questions and ethical dilemmas in diplomacy and leadership. We will meet with Carl Gettinger, a former Foreign Service Officer, whose postings in El Salvador and Iraq forced him to confront the differences in his values and the interests of larger institutions. William Keyes will speak about the daily ethical dilemmas faced in leadership and will lead a discussion about what challenges our group is already confronting in our individual professional lives. In the afternoon, we will return to diplomacy by speaking with Arsalan Suleman whose office in the U.S Department of State seeks to engage religious groups, particularly Muslim communities, in the U.S. foreign policy process. In the evening, we will reconvene for a group dinner at Dukem, an Ethiopian restaurant which has become a Washington landmark. 

  • The Moral of the Story: An American Diplomat in Troubled Spots with Carl Gettinger (former Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State)
  • Ethics and Leadership with William Keyes (President, Institute for Responsible Citizenship) 
  • Diplomatic Engagement with Muslim Communities Abroad with Arsalan Suleman (Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, U.S. Department of State)
  • Group discussion led by Lizbeth Arias and John Scott
  • Presentations and discussions of Fellows’ research

June 3

Issues in the 2016 Election

Friday, June 3 – the closing day of our Washington programming – we turn to the U.S. election and will discuss the international ramifications of U.S. domestic politics. Three core issues stand out – international trade, immigration and the crisis within the Republican party. We will start by discussing the radical change in political culture concerning international trade deals with Lori Wallach one of the foremost experts on trade in the United States who directs a division of Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader. Angela Maria Kelley, an immigration expert at the Center for American Progress, will lead a discussion about the contentious politics of immigration in the presidential election. We will take a diversion in the middle of the day to consider a different (s)election – the selection of a new Secretary General of the U.N. with Mark Goldberg, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow. Finally, we will meet with Alexis Levinson, a reporter with The National Review, one of the most influential conservative magazines in the country, to discuss the state of the U.S. presidential race and what a Trump Presidency might mean both for the future of U.S. foreign relations and the Republican Party. 

  • The U.S. Bipartisan Revolt on International Trade with Lori Wallach (Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch) 
  • Immigration, Border Walls and Fear in the U.S. Election with Angela Maria Kelley (Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress)
  • The Other (S)election: The Selection of the Next U.N. Secretary General and the Future of the United Nations with Mark Goldberg (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow; Managing Editor, UN Dispatch)
  • Envisioning a Donald J. Trump Presidency with Alexis Levinson (Senior Political Reporter, The National Review)
  • Group Discussion led by George Bogden and Xianzhi Meng  

June 4

Departure for Europe 

Saturday morning and afternoon are free. We will depart for Berlin via Paris from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the early evening.  


June 5

Welcome to Berlin and Humanity in Action Germany 

The arrival day in Berlin offers an excursion into the time of the Cold War when the German capital was still divided by the Berlin Wall. The open air exhibition, “Berlin Wall Memorial,” extends along almost a mile of the former border strip and conveys an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. We will get a better understanding of the history of Germany's division. The evening presentation with Henry Alt-Haaker, a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and Board Member, will address Germany’s current political structure and discourses to pave the ground for the coming days.  


  • Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial with Miriamne Fields (tour guide)


  • Germany 101  with Henry Alt-Haaker (Board Member, Humanity in Action Germany) 

June 6

Excursion into History

During the Berlin part of the program, the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship will have its temporary home base in the women’s cooperative WeiberWirtschaft, which has been assisting women in establishing their own businesses for two decades. Women entrepreneurs have benefited from comprehensive start-up and business management support, direct communication channels and the opportunities arising from close networking and collaboration made available through the cooperative arrangement. Before moving to current affairs, we will discuss Germany’s colonial past, a topic that is often forgotten but needs to be addressed in order to fully grasp the subsequent historical periods. In the evening, Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach, Chairman of the German Board of Directors, and his wife, Alexandra Erlhoff, will welcome us in their home. This will be good opportunity to meet with board members, several of whom are also Humanity in Action Senior Fellows.

  • Introduction to the Berlin Program with Antje Scheidler (Humanity in Action)
  • Coloniality and Institutional Racism with Joshua Kwesi Aikins (political scientist)
  • Group Discussion led by Jessica Tollette and Mike Videler 
  • Welcome reception with board members with Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach (Chair of the Board of Directors, Humanity in Action Germany), Alexandra Erlhoff and guests 

June 7

Remembrance in Germany and Antisemitism

Half of the day will be devoted to exploring one of the central areas of Berlin with a number of memorials dedicated to the victims of the Nazi dictatorship. This part of German history – the Second World War, the Shoah, the persecution and murder of political opponents and many minority groups  – has been formative for German identity for the last several generations. We hope that visiting the memorials will enable to us reflect on various means of expressing remembrance and the educational impact on its visitors. In the evening, we will discuss antisemitism in Europe today, a phenomenon that the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA) has researched with a survey. The results, published in 2013, stated that “two thirds of respondents to FRA’s survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in eight EU Member States considered antisemitism to be a problem in the EU country they live in. Three quarters of respondents said that antisemitism had worsened over the past five years. Respondents also reported incidents of violence and harassment.” 

  • Walking Tour in the Memorial Area for the Victims of Nazi Dictatorship: Jews, Sinti and Roma, homosexuals, victims of National Socialist “euthanasia” killings 
  • Individual Audio-Tour at the Information Center of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 
  • Group Discussion led by Kathryn McDonald and Alen Keric 
  • Antisemitism Today - Opportunities and Limits of State Interventions  with Nikola Gillhoff (Vice Special Representative for Relations with Jewish Organizations and Issues relating to Antisemitism, Federal Foreign Office)
  • Wrap-up of the day 

June 8

History’s Impact on Foreign Policy and Visit to the Bundestag

After having dealt with different periods of Germany’s history, the leading question today will be how this history has shaped Germany’s foreign policy. What lessons has Germany learned and applied to its interactions with other countries, nations and supranational entities? What choices in international relations can be seen against the background of Germany’s history? Who could be a better speaker to discuss these questions with us than Dr. Klaus Scharioth, who was a member of the German Foreign Service for more than 35 years (1976- 2011) and who served from 2006-2011 as German Ambassador to the U.S.? In the afternoon we will visit Berlin’s power hub, the German Bundestag, where we will meet with Dr. Karamba Diaby, a Member of Parliament from East Germany. He focuses on social unity in East and West Germany, advancement through education as well as the promotion of diversity as an asset. By learning about Dr. Diaby’s political career, we will get an insider’s perspective  on various political dynamics and discourses in German society. Visiting the dome of the Reichstag – especially in the evening – provides a spectacular view over the city. It is a moment that should not be missed. 

In the evening, Humanity in Action will host a public lecture by Konstanty Gebert, a journalist from Poland and  a special advisor on international affairs with Humanity in Action. He will share his perspectives on the political and practical realities of what Europe today refers to as its ‘refugee crisis.’ Convinced that mass population movements will continue to form part of Europe’s reality, Gebert will speak about the significance these movements have and will have on our understanding of ‘ownership’ and ‘rights.’ All of our Fellows are cordially invited to attend.

  • Introduction into the Day
  • Spotlight Session: The Health Sector: Sharing Experiences from Working on HIV/AIDS with Kyla Johnson and Tanja Dittfeld (Humanity in Action Fellows) 
  • Germany’s Foreign Policy and How it is Impacted by the Country’s History with Dr. Klaus Scharioth (Former German Ambassador to the United States) 
  • Conversation with Dr. Karamba Diaby (Member of the German Bundestag, Social Democratic Party)
  • Group Discussion led by Matthew Kustenbauder and Moises Mendoza 


  • Public Lecture: Migration as the New Normal with Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza; Special Advisor on International Affairs, Humanity in Action)


  • Berlin at Night, Visiting the Dome of the Reichstag                                  

June 9

Seeking Refuge and Asylum in Europe

Humanity in Action runs parallel Fellowship programs. This day is dedicated to bringing the Fellows from the Berlin Fellowship and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship together. We will take a closer look at the challenges that the current migration flows pose and discuss various responses from within society - from volunteering to hate speech, from welcome culture to discrimination. 

The Humanity in Action network is international by nature and Berlin is a permanent, temporary or transitory home for many alumni. Therefore the evening is reserved for networking and continued conversations with Humanity in Action Senior Fellows. 

  • Introduction with Luisa Maria Schweizer and Antje Scheidler (Humanity in Action Germany)
  • Seeking Refuge and Asylum in Germany: Human Rights Violations meet Counter Activities with Dr. Nivedita Prasad (Professor, Alice Salomon, University of Applied Science)
  • Realities of Newcomers and Refugees in Rural Areas: Between a Welcoming Culture and Racist Attacks Konstanze Ameer (Amadeu Antonio Foundation, Project “Aktion Schutzschild”) 
  • Panel Discussion: Europe’s Refugee Crisis – No Time for Easy Answers with Maximilian Popp (Journalist, Der Spiegel), Ramy Al-Asheq (Editor-in-Chief, ABWAB Newspaper) and Astrid Ziebarth (Migration Fellow, Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States) moderated by Linnea Riensberg (Board Member and Senior Fellow, Humanity in Action)  
  • Group discussion led by Hanya Riedl and Rohit Sudarshan
  • Wrap-up of the day
  • Dinner with Senior Fellows 

June 10

Protecting Cultural Property

The images of recently destroyed or damaged cultural property in Syria were deeply disturbing and added another dimension – a cultural heritage perspective – to the Syrian civil war. Today, we will be visiting Berlin’s Archeological Centre and discuss the issue with two experts - representing both academic and policy perspectives. Be prepared to see some ancient cuneiform artifacts. The afternoon is dedicated to working on the articles that all Fellows write as requirement of the fellowship program. Our in-house editor, Johannes Lukas Gartner from the German office, will join us for the session. In the evening, the Gallery Kai Dikhas invites us for a vernissage featuring the work of David Weiss. The gallery is specialized in Romani and Sinti contemporary art.

  • Protecting Cultural Property: Opportunities and Limits of Law, Diplomacy and Research with Prof. Markus Hilgert (Director, Museum of the Ancient Near East) and Dr. Robert Peters (Legal Officer, Office of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media) 
  • Site Visit: Tour of the Depository
  • Group Discussion led by Kyla Johnson and Nina Lazarczyk
  • Working session on Fellows’ research articles with Johannes Lukas Gartner (Program Coordinator, Humanity in Action Germany)
  • Wrap-up of the day


  • Vernissage at the Gallery Kai Dikhas - Gallery for Contemporary Art of the Roma and Sinti in the AUFBAU HAUS presenting art by David Weiss 

June 11

Afternoon Skills Workshop

Speaking in public, addressing unknown or large audiences, is reason for many to feel uneasy. However, public speaking is a crucial tool in many professions and one of the keys to success. The training session on June 11 aims to help with understanding and practicing the four most important pillars (attention, meaning, multi-sensory and emotion) needed to maximize one`s impact when speaking to an audience. At the end of the training, participants will have an understanding of their preferred communication style and they will have gained awareness on how to connect with various audiences to leave a lasting impression. The workshop is exercise intensive and covers the importance of structure, voice, body language, presence and the use of multi-sensory/emotionally stimulating communication.  

  • Workshop: Advanced Public Speaking with Mona Shair-Wloch (Key2dvance) 

June 12

Free day

June 13

Transatlantic Relations

This last day of the Berlin program is dedicated to questions of radicalism and violent extremism for which we look forward to our own Fellow Tamikka Forbes sharing insights from her research with us. We will also take time to reflect on the program before the Berlin part concludes with a real highlight – a visit to the Embassy of the United States and a discussion on transatlantic relations with Ambassador John B. Emerson. 

  • Spotlight Session: Radicalization and Preventing and  Countering Violent Extremism with Tamikka Forbes (Humanity in Action Fellow)
  • Feedback and reflections on the program
  • Briefing with the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, John B. Emerson (U.S. Ambassador)
  • Farewell dinner 

June 14

Traveling to Poland 


June 14

Welcome to Warsaw and Humanity in Action Poland 

The last day in Berlin and the first day in Warsaw is the time for transition between both program components. We plan a dinner and warm welcome by the Board Members of Humanity in Action Poland. Apart from this, let’s decompress!

  • Welcome Dinner hosted by Janusz Reiter and Eugeniusz Smolar (Board Members, Humanity in Action Poland)  

June 15

Poland Today 

The Humanity in Action program in Warsaw consists of two interrelated parts referring to the key subjects of Diplomacy and Diversity. The first programming day focusses on the role of Poland in the region and its foreign policy priorities after 1989, which will be presented by Eugeniusz Smolar, a foreign policy expert and one of our Polish board members. A special attention will be devoted to the shift in Polish foreign policy after the last parliamentary elections on November 2015. Konstanty Gebert, a journalist and Humanity in Action advisor, will discuss the successes and failures in Poland’s systemic transformation. Poland used to be acknowledged as a country of successful transformation into democracy, market economy and civic society. But the transition was not free from mistakes and people left alone in a completely new reality to which they were not prepared. Thus, some Poles contested the post-solidarity reality. This frustration was visible in the last parliamentary elections, in which the Law and Justice Party won with a significant majority of seats enabling to form one party government. After the fellows discussion we will explore Warsaw: looking for traces of the past in today’s city landscape.

  • Introduction with Monika Mazur-Rafał (Humanity in Action Poland)
  • Contemporary Poland in the Region with Eugeniusz Smolar (Board Member, Humanity in Action Poland)
  • Poland After 1989 v. Poland Today: Democratization and Systemic Transformation with Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza; Special Advisor on International Affairs, Humanity in Action)
  • Group Discussion led by Suong Vong and Andreas Holzinger
  • Wrap-up of the day 
  • Walking Tour, Part I with Adrian Grycuk (tour guide)

June 16

War and Memory: Impact of Lost Diversity

The goal of the day is to explore the relevance of the Second World War and the Holocaust for contemporary Poland. We will start the day with a meeting with Professor Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, who had a leading role in designing the core exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN. The exhibit presents Poles and Jews living together over centuries with periods of cooperation and periods of immense challenges. Due to the Holocaust, shift of borders, mass movements of people during and after the war, socialist Poland was installed as an ethnically homogenous country. The regime presented itself as a positive feature and tried to destroy any form of diversity. Over 44 years, the society has been living in a closed country. Only after the system change in 1989 it was already officially acknowledged that minority representatives are welcomed in free Poland. Since then, we observe a growing interest in different cultures as well as efforts to revive lost diversity coming back to the roots of multicultural society from before the war. There is, however, also a trend to perceive low but growing diversity as a risk for the society. Low diversity can also be a challenge as it was visible during the last election campaign and the debate on a possible reception of refugees from the crisis areas in Middle East, when there was a wave of frustration, intolerance and hate speech in public and private discussion among Poles. In the last session, we will explore the challenges resulting from the rise of the extreme in Europe with Larry Olomofe from ODIHR.

  • Introduction with Monika Mazur-Rafał
  • Introduction to the Core Exhibition with Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition, POLIN)
  • Core Exhibition Visit, individual walk with audio guides 
  • Group Discussion led by Ashley Portillo and Tamikka Forbes
  • The Rise of the Extreme: Challenges of Hate Speech and Hate Crime with Larry Olomofe (Adviser on Combating Racism and Xenophobia, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR))
  • Wrap-up
  • Networking Dinner with Senior Fellows 

June 17

Borders, Security & Diplomacy

Poland with its geopolitical situation between the East and West, Germany and Russia has long been exposed to security threats. Therefore, after 1989, security of borders, especially with Germany, was the key issue. In turn, Germany as Exportweltmeister has been deeply interested in enlarging the security zone. Thus, both countries had a mutual interest in developing their friendly relations beyond the heritage of the Second World War. Janusz Reiter, who as at that time Ambassador of Poland to Germany, was actively engaged in this reconciliation process. Later on Germany became advocate of Poland in EU structures, which was instrumental for the Poland’s EU accession. Next, Poland as the EU member state is also interested in enlarging its security zone. It supports Ukraine in its EU ambitions and in transforming the country into democracy and market economy. Ambassador Magdziak-Miszewska will talk about relations between Poland and Ukraine, challenging neighborhood with Russia and will also focus on the Ukrainian crisis. Beyond bilateral relations, Poland is also responsible for securing the EU external border. Finally, the refugee crisis in Europe made clear how unprepared the EU as a whole was to such types of changes, also due to different expectations of its member states. Ewa Moncure will present the mandate of Frontex and its actions, which exemplifies challenges in reaching a compromise among EU member states and their different interests.  

  • Introduction to the Day with Monika Mazur-Rafał
  • The European Union: The Paradigm of a ‘Fortress’  v. Human Rights Standards with Ewa Moncure (Spokesperson, Frontex)
  • Polish-German Relations: Reconciliation, Cooperation and Challenges with Janusz Reiter (former Ambassador; Humanity in Poland Board Member)
  • Poland as a EU Border Country Between the West and East with Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska (former Ambassador; defense and Eastern policy expert) 
  • Group Discussion led by Oskar Raczycki and John Scott
  • Wrap-up

June 18

Exploring Warsaw

  • Sightseeing of Warsaw: Praga District (Part II) with Adrian Grycuk (tour guide)
  • BBQ, in case of good weather

June 19

Day off

June 20

Security v. Human Rights 

Apart from traditional security challenges, modern democracies face new forms of threats to their stability and prosperity. In the globalized world the new ‘battlefields’ are (among others) the internet and movements of people. Thus, Agnieszka Kosowicz will present the discourse in Poland regarding a possible reception of refugees and the real facts and figures. What role have Poland’s international agreements played? Mrs. Kosowicz will also present the challenges of the refugees living in Poland for some time already. Next, Katarzyna Szymielewicz will engage us into a conversation about potential infringements of privacy rights and ways of preserving the ownership over own private data in the age of social media. The last session touches upon the real controversy in Polish public life, namely cooperation of Polish highest authorities with CIA in conducting interrogation of alleged terrorists involved in 9/11 including usage of tortures against the Polish Constitution and binding international agreements signed by Poland. There will be a panel discussion of Mrs, Grabowska-Moroz and Mrs. Piasecka on how to draw a line between security and human rights.    

  • Introduction with Monika Mazur-Rafał
  • Migration Crisis in Europe: Challenges in Poland with Agnieszka Kosowicz (President, Polish Migration Forum)
  • Security v. Privacy Rights in Modern Democracy with Katarzyna Szymielewicz (President, Panoptykon Foundation)
  • CIA Renditions in Poland: How to Draw a Line Between Security and Human Rights? with Barbara Grabowska-Moroz (Helsinki Foundation of Human Rights) and Paulina Piasecka (Terrorism Research Center, Collegium Civitas)
  • Group Discussion led by Renata Barreto and David Truong 
  • Wrap-up

June 21

Looking for a Compromise in International Set-up 

The last day of our programming in Warsaw is devoted to skills training. In the globalized and interdependent world achieving a compromise is becoming more and more difficult. After the training on public speaking in Berlin, we will hold a skills workshop on negotiation. In the evening, we will attend the presentations of the social campaigns against discrimination and hate speech developed by the Humanity in Action Fellows in the Warsaw program. Finally, we will have a closing dinner together.  

  • International Negotiations: Skills Training with Wojciech Sacha (institutional negotiation trainer and public policy expert) 
  • 8 Ideas for Social Campaigns against Hate Speech  
  • Farewell Dinner

June 22

Departure to Athens 


June 23-25

Seventh Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Athens, Greece

The Humanity in Action International Conference is the annual gathering of Humanity in Action Fellows, Senior Fellows, Board members, friends and partner organizations.

The Seventh Annual International Conference, titled "Europe at a Crossroads: Voices from Athens," will investigate a range of critical issues concerning Greece's political and economic situations. Over the course of four days, the conference will examine Greece's position at the forefront of multiple intersecting crises – foremost the migration crisis, as Greece is the first destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees, as well as a hub for human trafficking. The conference will also address Greece's financial crisis, as the country’s institutions and civil society continue to fracture under the pressure of the recession in Europe and the country's ties to the European Union. 

The conference will include keynotes, discussions and workshops with leading Greek and international experts. It will also feature the annual Senior Fellow Reunion Dinner, skills training sessions, networking opportunities and tours within Athens. 

June 26

Departure from Athens

The International Conference and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship formally conclude on the evening of June 25. Fellows will make their journeys back to their home cities beginning in the morning of June 26.