2012 Warsaw Program

The theme for the 2012 Humanity in Action Felowship in Warsaw was “Poland in Theory and Practice: from Resistance to Solidarity, from Transformation to Civic Society.”

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June 24

  • Travel to Sarajevo

June 25

Opening and Program Introduction; Who Is Who: Let’s Get to Know Each Other

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President of the Managing Board of Humanity in Action Poland and Director
  • "Let’s Talk about Us," Monika Mazur-Rafał (Humanity in Action Poland, President of the Managing Board of Humanity in Action Poland and Director), Magda Szarota (Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director) and Aleksandra Groń (Humanity in Action Poland Intern)
  • "Let’s Talk about Humanity in Action & Humanity in Action Poland," Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "Let’s Talk about the Program," Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • Get-Together, Dinner

June 26

Social Activism: How Could You Take Action Nowadays?

  • "Let’s Talk about Us in the Program," Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "Output Phase: Why, What, How?" Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "After the Summer Program: Taking Action and Leadership in the Humanity in Action Context," Humanity in Action Poland staff

June 27 – July 1

Humanity in Action Third Annual International Conference in Sarjevo

July 1

  • Travel from Sarajevo to Warsaw

July 2

Diversity: What Went Missing that Cannot Be Missed?

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President and Director
  • "Stand Guard: The Role of NGOs in Defending Human Rights in Poland," Adam Bodnar, PhD, lawyer and Vice President of the Managing Board, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
  • "Stereotypes: How They Are Constructed and Deconstructed?" Janina Pietrzak, PhD, Psychology Faculty, Warsaw University
  • Screening of “Just People: A Quest for Social Souls with Independent Minds,” followed by discussion facilitated by Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "The Marginalized 'Other': the Roots, Nature and Evolution of Discrimination in the Polish Context," Prof. dr hab. Zdzisław Mach, Center for European Studies, Jagiellonian University
  • Group dinner

July 3

Treblinka Site Visit: To the Memory of Janusz Korczak; Extermination/Commemoration/Resistance

  • Introduction by Magda Szarota, Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director
  • Introduction and short discussion by Tomasz Cebulski, historian
  • Seeing is Believing – Projection of the film “The Warsaw Ghetto 1940-1943” created for the Jewish Historical Institute 
  • Sharing Impressions, facilitated by Tomasz Cebulski
  • Travel to Treblinka by bus
  • Umschlagplatz
  • "Never Again: The Legacy of Treblinka," guided tour by Tomasz Cebulski
  • Fellows Discussion, facilitated by Tomasz Cebulski

July 4

Solidarity in the Time of Transformation. Transformation of Solidarity

  • Introduction by Magda Szarota, Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director
  • "From Resistance to Freedom: The Phenomenon of the Solidarity Movement," Andrzej Wielowieyski, Programming Board Humanity in Action Poland
  • "Discourses Related to National Identity, Minorities, Equality, Social Justice & Solidarity," Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Rychard, Graduate School for Social Research
  • "Untangling the Threads: The Roman Catholic Church under Socialism and in the Free Poland," Zbigniew Nosowski, editor-in-chief of Więź and former Vice President of the Polish Council of Christians and Jews
  • Fellows Discussion, Allen Sanchez

July 5

Human Rights Prevention and Protection: in Law, Society & Attitudes

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President and Director
  • "Introduction to the daily wrap-ups: inspirations for the social campaigns themes," facilitated by the Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "Sharing Impressions about the Program," Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • "Minorities and Protecting the Rights: The Role of the Human Rights Defender in Poland," Katarzyna Wilkołaska, Human Rights Defender’s Office
  • Fellows Discussion, Daniel Cho

July 6

‘Solidarity in the Making’: How to Get People Involved?

  • Introduction by Magda Szarota, Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director
  • "Why Should Anyone Care? Introduction to the Social Campaign Training," Marek Dorobisz, Creative Director of Next/Starcom MediaVest
  • "Fair Play on EURO 2012 and Beyond:Ways of Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance," Jacek Purski, Never Again Association
  • Fellows Discussion, Sarah Grunberg

July 7

Towards the Goal(s); Warsaw: Let’s Get To Know The Surroundings

  • "(In)Visible History and Vibrant Present in the Streets of Warsaw,' guided tour through Warsaw by Ewa Bratosiewicz

July 8

  • Meeting with Humanity in Action Senior Fellows

July 9

"Solidarity in the Making": Empowering Groups Endangered with Social and Economic Marginalization

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President and Director
  • "Private Issues in Public Spaces? Street ‘Dialogues’ Between Minorities and Majority," Anna Dryjańska, Feminoteka
  • "Whose Poland? Mapping the Current Socio-political Civil Society: Are We There? Two Decades of Polish Democracy,' Jakub Wygnański, Vice President of the Managing Board of "Stocznia”
  • "Four Walls, No Limits: People with Disabilities," Magda Szarota, Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director; Co-founder and Board Member of the Association of Disabled Women ONE.pl
  • Fellows Discussion, Maryna Rabinovych
  • Daily wrap-up: inspirations for the social campaigns themes, facilitated by the Humanity in Action Poland staff

July 10

"Solidarity in the Making": Empowering Groups Endangered with Social and Economic Marginalization

  • Introduction by Magda Szarota, Humanity in Action Poland, Board Member of Humanity in Action Poland and Communications Director 
  • "Break the Routine! Innovative Strategies and Means for Assisting Street Children," Magdalena Szeniawska, Aim High (Mierz Wysoko)
  • Seniors Meet Juniors: Intergenerational Encounters 
  • Screening of “8 Stories, That Haven’t Changed The World. A Journey To The Childhood Of Polish Jews," followed by discussion facilitated by Humanity in Action Poland staff
  • Fellows Discussion, Paulina Kasprowicz
  • Daily wrap-up: inspirations for the social campaigns themes, facilitated by the Humanity in Action Poland staff

July 11

Poland: Through the Lenses of Minority Members

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President and Director 
  • "Against the Odds: From the Perspective of a Minority Member," Dr. Andrzej Mirga, (OSCE/ODIHR, ethnographer and senior adviser on Roma and Sinti issues) and Stanislav Daniel (Roma Officer, OSCE/ODIHR)
  • "Private Issues in Public Spaces? Arts and Media as Means of Human Rights Promotion: the Case of LGBTQ Persons Rights," Ewa Tomaszewicz, gazeta.pl, co-founder of the cabaret
  • Fellows Discussion, Andrea Ruiz
  • Daily wrap-up: inspirations for the social campaigns themes, facilitated by the Humanity in Action Poland staff 

July 12

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Migrants/Refugees/Human Trafficking Victims

  • Introduction by Monika Mazur-Rafał, Humanity in Action Poland, President and Director
  • "SOS! Situation of Persons Seeking Protection and a ‘Better Life’ in Poland," Aleksandra Chrzanowska (Board Member, Association of Legal Intervention) and Katarzyna Kubin (Vice President of the Diversity Forum Foundation, project Welcome Centre)
  • "At the Crossroads: Between the East and the West - Trafficking in Human Beings in Poland," Joanna Garnier, La Strada, Foundation Against Trafficking in Persons and Slavery
  • Fellows Discussion, Anna Duensing
  • Daily wrap-up: inspirations for the social campaigns themes, facilitated by the Humanity in Action Poland staff

July 13

Towards the Goal(s) Working on Group’s Briefs & Presenting First Ideas: Written Feedback

  • Meetings with the Fellows' assigned groups

July 14

Improving Ideas after the First Feedback

  • Working Together in International Groups

July 15

A Day Off or Developing Ideas & Work in International Teams

July 16

Developing Ideas & Work in International Teams

  • Individual consultations on request

July 17

Working Presentations 

  • Second written feedback
  • Meetings with the assigned groups

July 18

Working Presentations

  • Including Feedback 
  • Preparing Final Presentations
  • Work in International Teams: Creation

July 19

Finalizing Work in International Teams: Creation

July 20

Showtime: Fellows’ Presentations of Social Campaigns Scenarios

  • Final presentations
  • Farewell dinner

July 21

End of the Program in Poland

  • Closing Remarks & Sharing Impressions
  • Handing out the certificates
  • Feedback & Evaluations 

July 22

  • Travel back home
 

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