Berlin Study Trip Schedule

The following schedule outlines the activities slated for "Berlin Study Trip: Populism, Nationalism and Extremist Movements in Europe," a weeklong program from Humanity in Action.  

October 5: Participants arrive in Berlin

16:15

Departure from the Hotel Zarenhof

17:00-17:30

Welcome and Introduction to Humanity in Action

By staff and Humanity in Action Senior Fellows

17:30-18:30

Expectations Towards the Program and Experiences in the Field

18:30-19:30

Populist Parties in the European Parliament and What Europeans Can Do about Them

Nadja Groot, Open Society Foundation

19:30-21:00

Welcome dinner reception

October 6: Introductions

9:30-9:45

Introduction to the program

9::45-10:15

Agreeing on ground rules for the week

10:30-12:00

“Bring an Object”- Intercultural Exchange

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:15-14:45

The populist surge. Why now and how dangerous is it?

Konstanty Gebert, Journalist, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland

15:00-15:30

Coffee break

15:30-16:30

Debriefing & Discussion

Moderated by Ira Stup and Brandon Tensley

16:30-17:00

Coffee break

17:00-18:30

Blaming Minorities and the EU in 2014

Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky, Head of the EU / North America Department Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany 

18:30-19:00

Wrap-Up of the Day and Outlook for the Next Day

October 7: The Cases of Germany and the US

9:30-10:15

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered under the National Socialist Regime

10:15

Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism

11:00

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

12:00

Visit the Information Center of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

12:45-13:30

Lunch

14:30-16:00

From the Centre to the Fringes: Structural Racism in Germany

Joshua Kwesi Aikins, Political Scientist, Germany

16:00-16:30

Coffee break

16:30-17:30

Debriefing and discussion

17:30-18:00

Coffee break

18:00-19:15

A Transatlantic Comparative View: The Populist and Nationalist Traditions in the United States

Anne-Lorraine Bujon, Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Justice, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, France

19:15-19:30

Wrap-up for the day

October 8: The Case of Greece

10:00-10:15

Introduction to the day

10:15-11:45

The Crisis, Rights, Migration and the Impact of the Far Right. Why in Greece? Why now?

Dimitris Christopoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University (Athens GR) and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, Greece

12:00-13:00

Debriefing & Discussion 

Moderated by Panagiota Theodoropoulou and Antonia Asimakopoulou

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:45-16:00

Populism in the Media: A Journalist’s Perspective on Greek-German Relations

Katerina Oikonomakou, Journalist, Greece/Germany

16:00-16:30

Coffee break

16:30-17:30

Debriefing & Discussion

Moderated by Anna Gkiouleka and Ava Morgenstern

17:30-17:45

Wrap-up of the day

October 9: Exploring More Examples from Europe

9:15-9:30

Introduction to the day

9:30-10:30

Being Active in the Field

Video: “Geert Spreekt Niet Voor Mij,” project by Spencer Heijnen, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (The Netherlands)

Supporting Refugees, Tim Herbold, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Germany)

Fighting Hate Speech towards Roma, Sylwia Wodzińska, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Poland)

10:45-12:15

Populism on the Rise – A Closer Look at France

Emilia Roig, Political Scientist, France

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:45-14:45

Islamophobia

Video: “À Juste Titre,” project by Siham Amzile, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (France)

Terminology Matters - A short introduction into the use of the term Islamophobia, Andrea Bila, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (France)

Interview with Ghizlane Elhendouz, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (France)

14:45-15:00

Coffee break

15:00-16:00

Debriefing & Discussion

Moderated by Olga Ziori and Senad Alibegovic

16:00-16:30

Coffee break

16:30-17:45

Panel Discussion: Exploring more examples from Europe

Eefje de Kroon (The Netherlands)

Anne Katrin Ebbesen (Denmark)

Daniel Jezierski (Poland)

Nadiia Mykhalevych (Ukraine)

All panelists are Humanity in Action Senior Fellows.

17:45-18:00

Wrap-up of the day

 

Assignment for the evening: Reflect on potential areas of action for your own involvement in civil society.

20:45

Optional Program: Re:fuge!

Arrive at venue

21:00

Documentary Film: “How Much Further”

Belgium/Greece 2012, 47 min, with English subtitles

This documentary film was made in Athens from October 2011 to February 2012 with interviews with refugees from Afghanistan, Somalia or Sudan. 

October 10: Best Practice Example

9:45-10:00

Introduction to the day

10:00-11:10

Film: “Dübörög A Nemzeti Rock”

(“Rocking the Nation,” 2007, Hungary)

11:15-12:00

Discussion with Film Director Borbala Kriza

12:00-13:00

Lunch

13:00-14:30

A Berlin Neighborhood Project

“Mitte gegen Rechts”, Anna-Delia Papenberg, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow

14:30-14:45

Coffee break

14:45-15:45

Working Groups:

Successes, Obstacles and Failure: Sharing Experiences

15:45-16:15

Coffee break

16:15-18:45

Community Organizing as a Powerful Tool

Tara Dickman, Development Manager and Community Organizer

18:45-19:00

Wrap-up of the day

October 11: Action

9:30-12:30

Workshop: Own Your Story 

Tara Dickman, Development Manager and Community Organizer

12:30-13:15

Lunch

13:15-14:15

Reflections on the Program and Farewell

15:30-17:30

Optional Activities:

Guided Tour in the Reichstag / German Parliament

Guided Tour at the Berlin Wall Memorial with Miriamne Fields

October 12: Departure

 

Fellows depart from Berlin