HIA Fellowship in Berlin: 2011 Agenda

The theme for the 2011 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Berlin was "Tools for International Human Rights Education."  A group of 22 university students and recent graduates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the United States explored historic and contemporary German human rights issues.  The program concluded with the HIA International Conference, which brought together more than 200 participants from Europe and the United States.

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Program Agenda

June 2

Welcome to Berlin

  • Welcome & Practical Information
  • Touring Berlin by Bus

June 3


  • Introduction to Humanity in Action by Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach, Chair, HIA Germany
  • Introduction to the Program & Practical Information
  • Team Building with Holly Johnson, HIA Senior Fellow / Intern 
  • Sources of Inspiration for Civic Engagement (Part I)
  • The Concept of Stepping Stones / Stolpersteine
  • The Power of One: Meet Holocaust Survivor Inge Deutschkron, Workshop of the Blind / Blindenwerstatt “Otto Weidt”
  • Welcome Dinner with HIA Board Members, HIA Senior Fellows and guests

June 4

Remembering the Holocaust – Authentic Places & Memorial Sites I

  • Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, guided tour with Russell Alt
  • Debriefing

June 6

Remembering the Holocaust – Authentic Places & Memorial Sites II

  • Topography of Terror, guided tour through the exhibition
  • Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, The Field of Stelae
  • Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism, presentation Leo Y. Wild, Schwulenberatung / Gay Counselling Centre
  • Holocaust Education in an Immigrant Society, “Does the German Educational Approach of Holocaust Education work for Young Muslims?” Karoline Georg and Mehmet Can, Kreuzberg Initiative Against Antisemitism)
  • Fellows’ Discussion

June 7

Germany and its Quest for Identity

  • Germany and its Quest for Identity, Dr. Joachim Baur, Historian
  • Immigrant Neighborhood Walks
  • Debriefing / Presentations in teams with Henriette Rytz, HIA Senior Fellow
  • Challenges and Achievements in Current Immigration and Integration Policy, Dr. Ulrich Raiser, Office of the Commissioner for Integration and Migration
  • Recent Developments in North Africa - A Political, Economic and Humanitarian Challenge for Europe, Dr. Werner Hoyer, Minister of State for Europe

June 8

Access to Health Care & Education

  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Mara Chinelli and Arnhild Bangemann
  • Migrants and the Health Care System in Germany, Dr. Elif Cindik, Psychologist / Psychiatrist, Munich
  • Education & Social Mobility, Dr. Gunilla Fincke, Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR)
  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Cameron Kinslow and Carolin Kneisel
  • Summer Reception upon invitation of the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ)

June 9

Access to Education - A Day in School

  • Morning Circle with students (7th/8th) and 10th graders
  • Introduction to the Heinrich-von-Stephan-Oberschule and its pedagogical concept, Sam Lim, HIA Senior Fellow / Fulbright Scholar; Michael Schultheiß, “Teach First”-Fellow; and Karin Jaeger
  • Recreation with students (“bewegte Pause”)
  • Participant Observation in grades 7,8 and 10
  • Debriefing
  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Christina Lee and Priya Fielding-Singh

June 10

Human Trafficking and Labor Exploitation / Asylum

  • Visit Ban Ying Counseling and Coordination Center against Trafficking in Persons, Presentation Close-Up: Trafficking in Persons in Germany Dr. Nivedita Prasad, Ban Ying
  • Fellows’ Discussion, Moderators: Henry Peck and Lena-Sophie Deissler
  • Introduction into the Asylum System, Jan Schneider, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees/BAMF
  • Asylum Cases & Decisions: Experiences from Jurisdiction Percy MacLean, Judge
  • Outdoor Activities with HIA Senior Fellows

June 11

Outdoor Activities with HIA Senior Fellows

June 14

Jewish Life in Germany Today / Right-Wing Extremism

  • Working Groups: The Role of Religion in our Societies
  • Jewish Life in Germany Today, Boris Moshkovits, Publisher of the Magazine „Berliner“
  • Introduction to Right-Wing Extremism in Germany
  • Online Counselling Against Right-Wing Extremism, Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, Board Member „Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie” (“Against Oblivion – For Democracy”)
  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Linnea Riensberg and Bojan Radevic
  • HIA Action Project: “Mitte gegen Rechts”, Anna-Delia Papenberg, HIA Senior Fellow

June 15

Muslim Life in Germany

  • The Invisibles? Young Muslim Professionals, Kemal Önel, Federal Ministry Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development / HIA Senior Fellow
  • Muslim Life in Germany – First Hand Experience, Gülay Gün and Jasamin Ulfat, HIA Senior Fellows
  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Aida Salcic and Joshua Nelson
  • Sources of Inspiration for Civic Engagement (Part II)

June 16

Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism

  • Workshop: Different Concepts: Race, Ethnicity & Nationality
  • Presentations by the Groups & Discussion of Findings
  • Panel Discussion: Discrimination, Xenophobia and Racism in Everyday Life in Germany, Moderation: Ekpenyong Ani, ADEFRA / “Black Women in Germany” and Panelists: Jasamin Ulfat, HIA Senior Fellow, writer; Ori Ginat, Peace Activist, immigrant from Israel; and Koray Yilmaz-Günay, LGBT activist
  • Fellows’ Discussion, moderated by Natasa Gavric and Joshua Marcin

June 17

Introduction to Simulation Methodology

  • Welcome, Simon Raiser and Björn Warkalla, planpolitik
  • Test Simulations “Building a Mosque in Town”
  • Introduction to Simulation Methodology
  • Expectations: Simulations as Human Rights Education Tool, Anne Stalfort, HIA Germany
  • Brainstorming on Simulation Scenarios
  • Presentation of Scenarios

June 18

Divided Germany – United Germany

  • Memorial Site Berlin Wall, guided tour with Miriamne Fields
  • Visiting the Reichstag with Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, former MP, HIA board member

June 20

Developing Simulation Manuals

  • Introduction to the Simulation Manuals
  • Development of Simulation concepts
  • Presentation

June 21-24

Research Period / Group Work

June 21

Close up – Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Three to Tango: Reflection on past, current and future issues facing Bosnia and Herzegovina and its multi-ethnic society, Jasmin Hasic , HIA Senior Fellow, BIH and guest Elma Hodzic, HIA Senior Fellow, HIA Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Discussion

June 23

Optional Program

  • Visit to Exhibition BERLIN-YOGYAKARTA – Von der Ermordung Homosexueller in Hitlers Konzentrationslagern zu den Menschenrechten der Schwulen, Lesben und Transgender heute
  • Opening Reception and Discussion on Homophobic Violence in the Past and Today with representatives of Kampania Przeciw Homofobii (KPH) / Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland) and the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (Germany)

June 26

Close up – Poland and Ukraine

  • Pressing Issues in Poland, Anielka Pieniazek and Jan Kirschenbaum
  • Film: Orange Revolution
  • Ukraine after the Orange Revolution, Solomiia Kratsylo and Ridvan Bari

June 27

Feedback on Simulation Manuals

  • Feedback on Simulation Manuals, Simon Raiser, planpolitik
  • Group Work: Finalizing the Simulation Manuals
  • Simulation A including feedback

June 28


  • Simulation B including feedback
  • Simulation C including feedback

June 29


  • Closing Remarks, Dr. Dirk Schmalenbach, Chair HIA Germany
  • Farewell Reception with Host Families and Guests



During the 2011 Fellowship, participants worked together to develop three innovative "simulation games" on the following human rights issues:

  • Business Ethics in a Globalized Economy
  • Undocumented Migrants and Access to Health Care
  • Human Rights, National Security and Preventive Detention

Simulation games are an educational tool linking human rights education with political and history education. Simulating human rights dilemmas provides a playful way of learning and understanding the complex political dynamics behind them.

Participants assume the roles of different interest groups, explore driving forces and historical backgrounds of a conflict and strive for an acceptable compromise in negotiations.

The simulations manuals (including a scenario, background information, role cards and guidelines for facilitators) can downloaded by clicking here.



Christina Lee, United States
"The Berlin program was at once intense, challenging, and fruitful. Together, we began to delve into Germany’s extremely difficult history and engage the country’s troubled historical past in dialogue with its present. With the help of the German fellows and the perspective of the Polish, Bosnian, and Ukrainian fellows, our international team plunged through topics of great consequence, beginning with the Holocaust and the difficulties of negotiating a national identity with Germany’s role in WWII and working ourway through twelve-hour days and topics like right-wing extremism, LGBTQ rights, integration of persons with migration backgrounds, and our own experiences in our respective home countries.

The true beauty of HIA lies in its unique and comprehensive approach to engage past with present, activism with academia, and fellow with fellow."

Aida Salcic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Another strong point of this summer program is its diversity – of topics covered and of participants – from different countries, personal and professional/educational backgrounds (from people interested in education, medicine, law, history, political and social science, international relations) and committed to diverse human rights issues."

Simon Felgendreher, Germany
"I enjoyed the second part of the programme where we could design our own simulation game. It was great that we could use our knowledge, gained during the first period, to apply it to human rights conflict of our choice."


Program Supporters

"Tools for International Human Rights Education" was generously supported by:

  • Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Foreign Office)
  • Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (Stiftung "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft")
  • Humanity in Action, Inc.
  • Many other institutions, host families and friends of Humanity in Action.



These contributions help to prepare outstanding students for a lifelong commitment to civic responsibility and the promotion of human rights.


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