HIA Fellowship in Paris: 2011 Agenda

Thursday, June 2nd

  • Fellows arrive and meet host families

Friday, June 3rd

  • Introduction to the French Program, Tara Dickman, HIA France National Director

Saturday, June 4th

  • Introduction to the Senior Fellow Networks and Social evening with the Senior Fellow Network

Sunday, June 5th

  • Screening of The Slave Route, a UNESCO production
  • Rasing awareness about racial prejudice through art, discussion with Alexis Peskine - at Musée du Montparnasse
  • Concert and exhibition “The Goutte d’Or!” Martin Paar photography, taken in the neighborhood at l’Institut des Cultures de l’Islam

Monday, June 6th

  • France and the United States, Heirs to their Revolutions, Anne-Lorraine Bujon
  • Laïcité and Religious Freedom, Patrick Weil
  • About the ineffectiveness of the Constitution, Marie-Anne Cohendet
  • Visit of the French Parliament

Tuesday, June 7th

  • A historical overview of the Jewish community and a contemporary overview of anti-Semitism in France, Elie Petit
  • Holocaust Memorial guided visit at Mémorial de la Shoah Meeting and discussion with Gilbert Michlin, Holocaust survivor
  • Presentation of “Slave Routes: A Global Vision,” the project, at UNESCO

Wednesday, June 8th

  • The History of Blacks in France and the concept of minority, Pap Ndiaye
  • Guided tour of the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration
  • Q & A with Marianne Amar
  • History and Legacy of the colonial Empire, Pascale Barthélémy
  • A Historical Perspective: Overview on Roma history, Sarah Carmona

Thursday, June 9th

  • The multicultural legacy of the Arab world, Institut Du Monde Arabe, guided visit
  • Overview on the practices of Islam in France, Bakary Sambe and Christian Lochon
  • Children of Islam and of Marianne, Leyla Arslan
  • American Embassy event at Musée des Arts et Métiers

Friday, June 10th

  • Racism, discrimination and freedom of expression in French law, Slim Ben Achour
  • The controversies around affirmative action in France, Daniel Sabbagh
  • Social Entrepreneurship: a solution to fight social and racial discrimination? Majid El Jarroudi and Saïd Hammouche
  • Urban Politics: French Specificities, Thomas Kirszbaum
  • Meeting with Passeport Avenir “We Made It!” Fellows

Saturday, June 11th

  • Screening of "La Haine"
  • The History and daily lives of youth from the suburbs, and the youth-police relationship, Toufik El Ouardani and Tara Dickman
  • Busing in Evry-Courcouronnes: an experiment to fight social segregation.

Monday, June 13th

  • Meeting with Adji Ahoudian, elected official in the 19th district, about youth policies in Paris
  • Parenthood and education in the suburbs, El Yamine Soum
  • Preparation of the debate with young political leaders on June 14th

Tuesday, June 14th

  • Debate with leaders of Jeunes Populaires, Les Jeunes Verts, Mouvement de la Jeunesse Socialiste, and Jeunes Radicaux on leadership, equal opportunity and diversity issues
  • Learning from the suburbs, Senator Fabienne Keller

Monday June 15th

  • Heteronormativity, Louis-Georges Tin
  • Fighting Homophobia and Islamophobia at once, a challenge, Ludovic Zahed
  • Lesbians of color in France: a specific set of challenges, Nawo Crawford
  • Parité, Ethnic Statistics and Diversity in the French Constitution, Jacqueline de Guillenchmidt – Conseil constitutionnel
  • Tensions between feminism, anti-homophobia and antiracist movements in contemporary France, Rokhaya Diallo

Thursday, June 16th

  • The history of the HALDE and the transition into Le Défenseur des Droits, Valérie Fontaine, Jamel Oubéchou and Sophie Latraverse
  • Meeting with Stephanie Froimovich, International Diversity Project Manager Human Resources - L'Oréal
  • Getting diversity into the media, film and TV programs: best practices, Mohammed Nassim, Nordine Nabili, Ladji Real, Laurence Lascary

Friday, June 17th

  • “Housing Segregation by Law: Distinctive Features of American Racial Inequality,” Richard T. Ford
  • Freedom of expression and democracies, the role of the youth and the new social media in shaping the political landscape, Fabrice Epelboin
  • “Ethnic statistics,” a controversial debate in France, Michel Giraud

Saturday, June 18th

  • Confusions and prejudice about the Roma in France, Saimir Mile
  • Representing the Rroma at the EU Level and at the national level: what are the challenges? Orhan Galjus
  • The Specificities of Gens du voyage (travellers) in France – Stéphane Lévêque (FNASAT)
  • Site visits in small groups
  • Screening of "Welcome"

Sunday, June 19th

  • How individuals can join forces to fight the expulsion of undocumented children: the experience of RESF, Anthony Jahn (RESF)

Monday, June 20th

  • The recent Tunisian immigration: questioning Schengen after what is called a “migratory crisis,” Serge Slama
  • Raising awareness about the condition of inmates in France and protecting their rights, Beatrix Allan (OIP)
  • The impact of the legal reform of custodies in France, Yassine Bouzrou

Tuesday, June 21st

  • Community organizing – Owning your story, Tara Dickman
  • Community organizing – Self Interest and one-on-ones, Tara Dickman
  • Closing session: Christiane Taubira, at the National Assembly
  • Evening and night: activities all around Paris for the National Music Day!

Wednesday June 22nd

  • Choosing policy memo topics

Tuesday, June 28th

  • Fellows present their policy memos and recommendations