Humanity in Action Fellowship in Copenhagen

Program Description

Towards an inclusive society   

History, Culture, Politics 

The Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship aims to explore human rights and minority issues in Denmark. Since its inception, the foundation of the Copenhagen Fellowship has been the lesson of the rescue of Danish Jews during WWII in October 1943, when most of Denmark’s Jewish minority, aided by large numbers of Danish countrymen, were brought to safety in neutral Sweden - ever since a hallmark of Danish history and identity.

The Copenhagen Fellowship delves into the paradoxes of Danish society, the inclusion and exclusion mechanisms of the welfare state, the history of cultural homogeneity and its impact on current debates regarding ethnic and religious minorities, and its liberal everyday culture combined with stricter policies and harsher rhetoric towards migrants and refugees. Taking place in one of the allegedly happiest and definitely wealthiest countries in the world, with an egalitarian and universal health care, education and social welfare system, the Copenhagen Fellowship is uniquely situated to explore old challenges and new tensions in the co-existence between majority and minority in Danish society.

In 2018, the Copenhagen Fellowship tackles this theme from a political perspective, scrutinizing the challenges and prospects in the development of an inclusive and diverse Denmark.

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2018 Agenda

June 8

Weekend 1: Introductions

  • Welcome Reception & Senior Fellow Graduation with the Humanity in Action Network

June 9

Weekend 1: Introductions

  • Brunch and getting to know each other
  • Introducing Humanity in Action and Code of Conduct
  • Introducing the Copenhagen Fellowship program
  • Introducing Johan Borup's Folk High School
  • A Senior Fellow experience (Presentation by Virginia Spinks, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow and Program Intern)
  • Fellowship Ground Rules
  • What's on the news?

June 10

Weekend 1: Introductions

  • Expectations for the Fellowship
  • Deciding on group values
  • Wealth and exclusion (Guided tour by Anders Jerichow, Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark)
  • Garden Party at Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark Anders Jerichow's House

June 11

Week 1: Fairy Tale Denmark

Histories of Democracy, Human Rights and Persecution

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • The Folk High School Movement & its Impact on Danish Society (Lecture by Bjørn Bredal, Principal at Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Fellows Sessions
  • The History of Human Rights from a Danish Perspective (Lecture by Eva Maria Lassen, Humanity in Action Deputy Chair & Senior Researcher at Danish Institute for Human Rights)
  • October 1943: Modes of resistance (Presentation and city walk with Jonathan Harmat, Project Manager at Center for Jewish Information)

June 12

Week 1: Fairy Tale Denmark

Political Institutions History & Present

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • The Formation and Future of the Danish Welfare State (Lecture by Bo Lidegaard, Historian & Journalist)
  • The Welfare State & Issues of Inclusion (Group discussion)
  • Visiting Zetland: Danish Media and Politics Site Visit (Presentation by Hakon Mosbech, Co-Founder, Partner & Editor at Zetland)
  • The People's Meeting: Concept & Practicalities (Group preparations)
  • Danish Democracy in the 21st Century (Public talk by Clement Kjersgaard, TV Anchor, Editor and Public Speaker)

June 13

Week 1: Fairy Tale Denmark

Political Denmark Today

  • Long Morning Assembly
  • Fellow Sessions
  • Visiting Christiansborg: The Corridors of Danish Parliament Site Visit (Talk with Yildiz Akdogan, MP Social Democrats)
  • Fellow Sessions
  • Open Space (Fellow-led Activities)

June 14

Week 1: The People's Meeting: Practicing Democracy

A deep dive into the on-the-ground practice of democracy and politics in Denmark

  • Exploring the People's Meeting in Groups
  • Reflections and Findings

June 15

Week 1: The People's Meeting: Practicing Democracy

A deep dive into the on-the-ground practice of democracy and politics in Denmark

  • Action Project Beginnings
  • Exploring the People's Meeting in Groups
  • Democratic Potential of Democracy Festivals (Presentation by Bertel Haarder, MP and Initiator of the People’s Meeting)
  • Exploring the People's Meeting in Groups
  • The Masking Ban: A Dialogue (Debate on the Danish Masking Ban)

June 16

Week 1: The People's Meeting: Practicing Democracy

A deep dive into the on-the-ground practice of democracy and politics in Denmark

  • Action Project Beginnings
  • Dialogue Coffee (Talk with Özlem Cekic, Bridge-builder, Counselor and former MP)
  • Exploring the People's Meeting in Groups
  • Optional: World Cup Match - Denmark v Peru

June 17

Week 1: The People's Meeting: Practicing Democracy

A deep dive into the on-the-ground practice of democracy and politics in Denmark

  • Take down camp
  • Arrival in Copenhagen

June 18

Week 2: Daily Denmark

Democracy & Dialogue

  • Towards a Better Dialogue (Workshop with Center for Dialog, organizaion for conflict resolution

June 19

Week 2: Daily Denmark

Minorities & Intersectionality

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Intersectional Perspectives on Ethnic Minorities in Denmark (Lecture by Sabaah, LGBTQ* organization for ethnic minorities)
  • Fellow Sessions
  • Standing Up for the Rights of Ethnic Minority Women (Lecture by Geeti Amiri, Opinionator & blogger)
  • Stories from a Refugee (Workshop with Rapolitics, a non-profit youth empowerment organization)
  • A 'Rather Lovely Thing'

June 20

Week 2: Daily Denmark

Space, Inclusion & Social Cohesion

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • National Identity and Social Cohesion in Denmark (Presentation and discussion facilitated by Magnus Harrison, CEO AM Breweries)
  • Responsibility & Empowerment in Local Communities (Lecture by Helen Ali, 2017 Copenhagen Fellow & Founder of EmpowHERment)
  • "No ghettos in 2030" Government policy and grassroot organization (Lecture and discussion with the Initiative for Fair Housing Policy
  • Space & Exclusion (group discussion)

June 21

Week 2: Daily Denmark

Ability, Equity & Equality 

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Disability and Equal Treatment (Lecture by Nikolaj Nielsen, PhD and team leader at Danish Institute for Human Rights)
  • Fellow Sessions
  • Street Minorities Creating Local Change (Lecture by Michael Lodberg, Social entrepreneur)
  • Action Project Workshop #1

June 22

Week 2: Daily Denmark

Forgotten Histories

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Lessons learned (Reflections on the fellowship)
  • Fellows Session
  • I am Queen Mary Site Visit (Discussion with Katja Lund Thomsen, Program Coordinator, and Emilie Bang-Jensen, National Director, Humanity in Action Denmark)
  • Open Space (Fellow-led Activities)

June 25

Week 3: Global Denmark

Diversity & Inclusion in a Digital World

  • Gender & Minority Discrimination in Tech (Lecture by Natalie Schluter, Associate Professor & Head of Data Science BSc at ITU)
  • The Campaign Strategies of the European Far Right (Lecture by Anne Katrine Ebbesen, Senior Fellow and 2014 Lantos Fellow)
  • Counteracting the Strategies of the Far Right (Group discussion)
  • Fellows Sessions
  • A 'Rather Lovely Thing'
  • Diversity in Tech - an Activist Perspective (Lecture by Nynne Christoffersen, Developer & Board Member at Hack Your Future)

June 26

Week 3: Global Denmark

(Cultural) Borders & Human Rights

  • National Politics in a World of Global Challenges (Group discussion)
  • Rohingyas Fleeing (VR) Borups Cross Over
  • Fellows Session
  • Cultural Representation of "the Other" (Lecture by Sabrina Vitting-Seerup, PhD at University of Copenhagen
  • Open Space: Fellow-led Activities
  • The Future of Human Rights (public panel debate with François Zimeray, H.E. the French Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark; Morten Kjærum, Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Trine Christensen, Secretary-General Amnesty International Denmark; Mette Nørgaard Dissing-Spandet, Head of Department for International Law and Human Rights at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; moderated by Paula Larrain, Editor, journalist and moderator)

June 27

Week 3: Global Denmark

Power, Gender, Knowledge & Change

  • The Future of Human Rights (Group discussion)
  • Social Entrepreneurship as a Change Maker (Lecture by Sahra-Josephine Hjorth, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder & CEO at Canopy Lab)
  • Fellow Sessions
  • #metoo: Power & Gender (Presentation by Ane Krestine Larsen, Senior Fellow, Faculty at DIS and Counselor at Sex & Samfund)

June 28

Week 3: Global Denmark

Sustainability & Responsibility

  • Action Project Workshop #2
  • Ideals and Compromise in Leadership (Lecture by Rasmus Grue Christensen, Senior Fellow & Director at Danish Association of the Blind)
  • Climate Change and Political Change (Lecture by Peter Bjerregaard, Climate & Energy Analyst
  • Climate Change in a Human Rights Perspective (Group discussion)
  • Democratic, Economic Reform & Positive Money (Lecture by Jonas Jensen, Educational Coordinator at Gode Penge)
  • A 'Rather Lovely Thing'

June 29

Week 3: Global Denmark

Alternative Living as a Road to Change

  • Morning Gathering with Guillaume Binet Borups Cross Over
  • Visit Svanholm

July 2

Week 4: From Denmark to Europe

The European Union Today and Tomorrow

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Europe and Greece in the 21st Century: Geopolitical Challenges and Cultural Identity (Lecture by Achilles Skordas, PhD and Professor of International Law)
  • Denmark in the European Union (Lecture by Stina Soewarta, Head of Representation European Commission Representation in Denmark)
  • The European Union: Supranational institutions and an inclusive future? (Group discussion)
  • Fellow Sessions

July 3

Week 4: From Denmark to Europe

Evaluation & Action Projects

  • Morning Assembly (Johan Borups Højskole)
  • Written Evaluation
  • Visiting the European Parliament - Preparing for the 9th International Humanity in Action Conference in Strasbourg
  • Preparations for Action Project Pitch
  • Action Project Pitches & Farewell Reception with the Humanity in Action network
  • Closing Dinner for 2018 Fellows

July 4

Depart for Strasbourg, France

July 5-8

9th Annual Humanity in Action International Conference

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