2014 Conference Schedule

Presenters and attendees at the 2014 Humanity in Action New York Conference (left to right): Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Humanity in Action Executive Director Judith Goldstein and Humanity in Action Senior Fellow Eli Plenk.

The following schedule outlined the list of speakers and events for the 2014 Humanity in Action New York Conference on October 18. The bulk of conference activities took place at The New School in Manhattan.

Friday, October 17

Reichenbach Hall: 5 West 37 Street
Optional happy hour drinks with conference attendees and friends of Humanity in Action.

Saturday, October 18

Location: The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Breakfast and Registration


Opening Remarks

"Exploring Diversity and Human Rights in Cities"

Judith S. Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action

Simone Kukenheim, Alderperson and Deputy Mayor, City of Amsterdam


Action Project Presentation

Video presentations of Senior Fellow Action Projects


Opening Keynote: 

“Inequality, Community Building and Political Mobilization in New York"

Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senator from the Bronx


Coffee break


Breakout Session I

Choose one of the following: 

“Design Thinking for the Social Good”
Carlos Teixeira, Associate Professor, School of Design Strategies, The New School

“The Central Role of Activism in the Contemporary Civil Rights Movement”
Kristen Clarke, Chief, Civil Rights Bureau, NYS Attorney General's Office

"A New Playbook for Change: Revitalizing America's Cities with Purpose-Driven Business"
Casey Gerald, CEO, MBAs Across America



Breakout Session II

Choose one of the following:

“Policing, Race and Public Space: Implications for Civil Liberties in the 21st Century”

  • Delores Jones-Brown, Professor, John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice
  • Arun Venugopal, Reporter, WNYC (discussant)

“Storytelling with The Moth”
Larry Rosen, Cyndi Freeman and Bonnie Levison, The Moth

“Supporting Senior Fellows Professionally: Developing an Educational Opportunity with The New School”
Focus group
Michael Schober, Former Dean, The New School for Social Research

4:30-5:00pm Coffee break

Action Project Presentation

with WINGS and ROOTS

Exclusive look at a transmedia, transnational project by Senior Fellow Christina Antonakos-Wallace about migration and belonging. The project will be presented by Rachel Landry and Theresa Navarro.


Closing Keynote Panel

“Senior Fellows in Action: Active Citizenship in Cities”

  • Nikki Evans, Director, Office of Workforce Partnerships, City University of New York
  • Alok Vaid-Menon, Communications & Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator, Audre Lorde Project
  • Marc Silverman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut
  • Justin Krebs, Founder, Living Liberally and member of the Humanity in Action American Planning Board (moderator)

Closing remarks


Location: The Crooked Knife, 29 East 30th Street
Senior Fellows Reunion Dinner
This event is open to all Humanity in Action Senior Fellows and invited guests


Welcome drinks



Sunday, October 19

Location: The Tenement Museum: 103 Orchard Street
An optional tour of the Lower East Side hosted by the Tenement Museum. The Museum's "Then & Now" tour explores the history of immigration in the Lower East Side. Participants will meet at the Tenement Museum and will tour the neighborhood on foot.