New York Conference Schedule

The following schedule outlines the list of speakers and events for the 2015 Humanity in Action New York Conference on October 17. The bulk of conference activities took place at The New School in Manhattan.


Friday October 16

Location: Antler Beer and Wine Dispensary, 123 Allen Street

6:00 - 8:00 PM – Happy Hour in Manhattan

Saturday October 17

Location: The New School – 55 West 13th Street

9:00 - 9:30 AM – Breakfast and Registration

9:30 - 10:00 AM – Opening Remarks: "Exploring Art and Activism" 

  • Judith S. Goldstein, Humanity in Action Founder and Executive Director and Steve Lambert, Artist

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Breakout Session I

"Creative Campaigning for Progressive Politics"

  • Steve Lambert, Artist and Stephen Duncombe, Professor of Media and Culture, Steinhardt School of New York University

"Storytelling with The Moth"

  • Bonnie Levison, Callie Thuma, Dawn Fraser and Cyndi Freeman, Community Education Program, The Moth

"On Shaping Images of Social Justice"

  • Lina Srivastava, Co-founder, Regarding Humanity; Faculty, School of Visual Arts

12:00 - 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 PM – Senior Fellow Artist Presentation

"October: A Dangerous Month to be Indigenous"

  • DeLessin George-Warren, Senior Fellow (Danish Program 2014) 

1:30 - 2:30 PM – Opening Keynote – “It is Difficult” 

  • Alfredo Jaar, Artist, Architect, Filmmaker

2:30 - 3:00 PM – Coffee Break

3:00 - 4:30 PM – Breakout Session II

“The Role of Philanthropy and Entrepreneurship in Advancing Social Justice and Equity” 

  • Presider, Aasha Abdill, Research, Evaluation and Strategy Consultant
  • Alexandria Margolis, Project Manager for Advanced Illness Management at the North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Jasmine Burton, Founder of Wish for WASH, LLC
  • Ryan Richards, Founder and CEO of Serve Smart
  • Susannah Shattuck, Content Marketing Manager for Prezi
  • Terin Mayer, Organizer and social movement strategist
  • Zachariah Falconer-Stout, Evaluation Associate at EnCompass, LLC

“¡Palante! Learning From the Young Lords in New York”

  • Johanna Fernandez, Professor of 20th-Century U.S. History, history of social movements, political economy of American cities & African-American history, Baruch College

4:30 - 5:00 PM – Coffee Break

5:00 - 5:30 PM – Senior Fellow Artist Presentation

“The Ghoul Exhibition”

  • Hector Alvarez, Senior Fellow (Dutch Program 2006) 

5:30 - 6:30 PM – Closing Keynote – “The New Free Speech”

  • Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN American Center

Location: Bricco 304 West 56th Street

7:00 PM – Dinner