Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 23 

Optional Sessions for Early Arrivals

Location: Kerasountos 19, Peristeri 121 37 Greece

9:00 – 11:00   Site Visit: Former Concentration Camp Haidari

Location: Feron 18, Plateia Victorias, Athens 10434

13:00 – 14:00   Site Visit: MELISSA Network of Migrant Women

  • Nadina Christopoulou (Anthropologist and Co-Founder, Melissa Network) and Jennifer ‘Click’ Ngwere and Deborah Valencia (Melissa Network)

Thursday, June 23

Opening of the Seventh Annual Humanity in Action International Conference

Plenary Sessions

Location: Amphitheater, Technopolis, City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens)

17:00   Arrival at Technopolis

17:15 - 17:30   Opening Remarks: Between Europe and the Middle East: Crises in Greece 

  • Dr. Judith S. Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action)

17:30 – 18:15   Welcoming Address from the Mayor of the City of Athens

  • Georgios Kaminis (Mayor of the City of Athens)

18:20 – 18:30   Action Project Video Presentation

18:30 – 20:00   The Build-Up to the Crisis and Its Impact on Greece

  • Dr. Axel-Sotiris Walldén (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 

Dinners 

20:30   Conference Dinners

  • Senior Fellow Reunion Dinner
  • 2016 Fellow Dinner 
  • Board Member and Guests Dinner 

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 

Plenary Sessions

Location: Amphitheater, Technopolis, City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens)

9:00 – 9:15   Coffee and Conference Registration 

9:15 – 9:30   Introduction to the day

9:30 – 9:45   Action Project Video Presentation

9:45 – 11:00   Keynote: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Salonika 

  • Dr. Rena Molho (Historian, Greece) 

11:00 – 11:15   Break

11:15 – 11:30   Action Project Video Presentation

11:30 – 12:45   Keynote: The Refugee Challenge: The Changing Political Landscape and Identity Discourse in Europe

  • Konstanty Gebert (International Columnist, Gazeta Wyborcza; Associate Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations) 

12:45 – 13:45   Lunch 

13:45 – 14:00   Action Project Video Presentation

14:00 – 15:30   Keynote: A Crisis within the Crisis: The Refugee Situation in Greece

  • Prof. Dimitris Christopoulos (Associate Professor, Panteion University Athens and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, Greece)

15:30 – 16:00   Break 

16:00 – 17:00   Panel Discussion:

Refugees in Greece – Diverse Responses from Civil Society Organizations

  • Yonous Muhammadi (President, Greek Forum of Refugees)
  • Chrysanthi Protogerou (Director, Greek Council for Refugees)
  • Deborah Valencia (Melissa Network of Migrant Women)
  • Moderator: Brett Stark (Co-Founder, Terra Firma; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA)

17:00 – 17:30   Break and venue change for breakout sessions and site visits

  

The evening program will be conducted in small groups – breakout sessions and workshops as well as site visits – to explore topics of one’s interest in further depth. They run simultaneously and are listed by location.

Breakout Sessions at Innovathens 

Location: INNOVATHENS, Technopolis City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens)

17:30 – 19:30    Mediterranean Cities of Hope: The Athens-Barcelona Partnership | Room: Ground Floor

  • Janina Pescinski (United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), Spain; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA)

17:30 – 19:30    Freedom of Speech and the Digital Space | Room: First Floor

  • Jochem de Groot (Government Affairs Lead, Microsoft in the Benelux Countries; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, Netherlands) 

17:30 – 19:30    Architect for Change: Criminal Justice Reform and Lessons for Changing a System | Room: Second Floor

  • Owusu Akoto (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, UK)

Breakout Sessions at Impact Hub

Location: Impact HUB Athens (Karaiskaki 28, 105 54 Athens) 

18:00 – 20:00    Current Challenges for Refugee Protection in Greece: UNHCR’s Operation in Greece | Room: Open Space, First Floor 

  • Kalliopi Stefanaki (UNHCR Protection Officer, Greece)

18:00 – 20:00     Roma, ‘Gypsies’ and Tsigganoi: An “Unintegrated” Minority? Lessons from the Field | Room: Athens Comics Library, Basement 

  • Christos Iliadis (Trainer-facilitator for the Council of Europe, Greece)

 18:00 – 20:00    Generation 2.0 Rights, Equality and Diversity: Intercultural Mediation and Approaches of the Second Generation and the Refugee issues in the field. | Room: White Room, First Floor

  • Theodora Vangi – (Communication Officer, Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity, Greece)
  • Sebene Eshete (Volunteer, Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity, Greece)
  • Silvia Giulini (Volunteer, Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality and Diversity, Greece) 

18:00 – 20:00    The Mediterranean Crisis in Context: A European Story | Room: Workshop Room, Ground Floor

  • Elidor Mëhilli (Assistant Professor, Department of History – Hunter College of the City University of New York; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA)

18:00 – 20:00     SLAP: Supporting LGBTQ+ Against Prejudice | Room: Garden Meeting Room, Ground Floor

  • Chrysoula Iliopoulou (Colour Youth, Greece)
  • Penelope Kaouni (Activist and Board Member, Colour Youth, Greece) 

City Walks  

17:30 – 19:30     City Walk: Refugee and Social Housing (Neos Cosmos)
Start: Technopolis | End: Syngrou Fix 

17:30 – 19:30     City Walk: Urban Tribes of Athens: The Street Art Scene (Psirri and Metaxourgeio)
Start: Technopolis | End: Monastiraki 

17:30 – 19:30     City Walk: Gay Athens: Past and Present (Plaka, Monastiraki, Omonoia)
Start: Technopolis | End: Plaka 

18:00 – 20:00    City Walk: Shedia Tour – Athens from the Perspective of the “Invisible”
Start: Shedia's Offices, Favierou 24-26 | End: Athinas 55 (Opposite of Varvakeios Market)

Site Visits (NGOs)

Location: Tenedou 21, Kypseli, Athens 11257

18:00 – 20:00       NGO ARSIS (Association for the Social Support of Youth)

  • Antonis Antoniou (Youth Counselor, Coordinator of Athens Youth Support Center)

Location: Day Center for the Homeless, Deligiorgi 26-28, Metaxourgeio, Athens 10437

18:00 – 20:00      NGO PRAKSIS (Programs of Development, Social Development, Social Support and Medical Cooperation)

  • Dina Vardaramatou (PRAKSIS Programmes Coordinator, Athens Polyclinic) and Yannis Kontogiannakis  (PRAKSIS Centre Coordinator, Athens Polyclinic)

 

          

Board Meeting
Location: Strofi Restaurant (Rovertou Galli 25 Athens 117 42)

18:00-20:30       Strategic Planning Meeting for Humanity in Action Board Members

          

 

 

Saturday, June 25

The morning program will be conducted in small groups – breakout sessions and workshops as well as site visits – to explore topics of one’s interest in further depth. They run simultaneously and are listed by location.

City Walks 

9:00 – 11:00    City Walk: The Experience of Occupation and Resistance in Athens (1941-1944) with Menelaos Charalampidis (Historian)
Start: Kolonaki Square | End: Omonoia Square

9:00 – 11:00     City Walk: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Thisseion & Plaka)
Start: Akropoli Metro Station, exit to D. Areopagitou Street | End: Technopolis

9:00 – 11:30     City Walk: Refugee and Social Housing (Neos Cosmos)
Start: Metro Neos Cosmos, exit Ilia Iliou Str. | End: Technopolis

9:00 – 11:00     City Walk: Urban Tribes of Athens: The Street Art Scene (Psirri and Metaxourgeio)
Start: Monastiraki Square (Entrance to the BENETH bakery)| End: Technopolis

9:00 – 11:00     City Walk: Shedia Tour – Athens from the perspective of the “Invisible”
Start: Shedia's Offices, Favierou 24-26 | End: Athinas 55 (Opposite of Varvakeios Market)

Breakout Sessions at Innovathens

Location: INNOVATHENS, Technopolis City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens) 

9:00 – 11:00     A Model for Refugee Housing & Integration in the Netherlands | Room: First Floor

  • Tamar Van Gelderen (Senior Associate, Verre Bergen Foundation, Netherlands; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)  

9:00 – 11:00    Terra Firma: Medical-Legal Care for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children | Room: Ground Floor

  • Brett Stark (Co-Founder, Terra Firma; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA) 

9:00 – 11:00    Fighting Workplace Discrimination: A Legal and Practical Overview - The French Case | Room: Second Floor

  • Isis Labeau-Caberia (Jurist; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow)
     

Breakout Sessions at Impact Hub

Location: Impact HUB Athens (Karaiskaki 28, 105 54 Athens) 

9:00 – 11:00    Humanitarian Responses to the Refugee Arrivals and the Impact of the EU-Turkey Deal – Experiences from the Field | Room: Workshop Room, Ground Floor

  • Christina Calbos (Camp Management Team Leader, Norwegian Refugee Council, Greece)

9:00 – 11:00    The Impact of the Crisis on the Greek Media Landscape | Room: Athens Comics Library, Basement

  • Marilena Katsimi (Journalist, ERT National Greek Broadcasting Company, Greece) 

9:00 – 11:00    The Uniqueness of the Threat that Neonazism and Neofacism Pose for European Societies | Room: Open Space, First Floor

  • Thanasis Kampagiannis (Lawyer, Greece) 

9:00 – 11:00     At the End of Every Data Point Is a Human Being: Storytelling and Technology for the Refugee Crisis | Room: White Room, First Floor

  • Lina Srivastava (Co-Founder, Regarding Humanity, USA) 

9:00 – 11:00    Careers in Human Rights for Academics  | Room: Garden Meeting Room, Ground Floor

  • Noam Schimmel (Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA) 

 

Plenary Sessions

Location: Amphitheater, Technopolis City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens) 

11:00 – 11:30    Coffee and Registration 

11:30 – 11:45    Introduction to the Day 

11:45 – 12:00    Action Project Video Presentation

12:00 – 13:00    Keynote: “A Million Odysseys” – Being a Photographer in a Time of Crisis

  • Myrto Papadopoulos (Photographer and filmmaker)
  • Facilitator: Ndeye Diobaye (Journalist; Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, France) 

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch 

14:00 – 14:15    Action Project Video Presentation

14:15 – 15:15    Keynote: Combating Modern Slavery: The Human Security Perspectives

  • Heracles Moskoff (National Rapporteur on Trafficking, Greece)  

15:15 – 15:45    Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45    Panel Discussion: Responding to Migration and Populism

  • Anders Jerichow (Editor, Politiken; Chair, Humanity in Action Denmark)
  • Fatma Ko┼čer Kaya (Member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands; Chair, Humanity in Action Netherlands)
  • Moderator: Elidor Mëhilli (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hunter College of the City University of New York, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, USA)  

16:45 – 17:00   Closing Remarks 

  • Dr. Judith S. Goldstein (Founder and Executive Director, Humanity in Action)

  

World Café & Program Farewells 

Location: INNOVATHENS, Technopolis City of Athens (100 Pireos str. 118 54 Gazi - Athens)

World Café Formats, Project Presentations, Sharing Program Experience

17:00 – 18:00   Ground Floor 

Counteracting Hate Speech

  • Facilitators: Team Warsaw and Humanity in Action Poland 

17:00 – 18:00    First Floor

Germany’s Response to the Refugee Migration 

  • Facilitators: Team Berlin & Humanity in Action Germany

 Transit Migration – The Balkan Route

  • Facilitators: Team Sarajevo and Humanity in Action Bosnia and Herzegovina

17:00 – 18:00     Second Floor

Volunteering in Times of Crisis – Factors for Success 

  • Facilitators: Team Copenhagen and Humanity in Action Denmark 

18:15 – 19:00     Closing Meetings of 2016 Humanity in Action Fellows

Ground Floor 

  • 2016 Humanity in Action Berlin Fellows
  • 2016 Humanity in Action Warsaw Fellows

First Floor 

  • 2016 Humanity in Action Amsterdam Fellows
  • 2016 Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellows
  • 2016 Humanity in Action Sarajevo Fellows 

Second Floor 

  • 2016 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship Fellows 

 

Location: Evdomos (Karagiorgi Servias 4 (Alley Kaliga), 7th floor, Syntagma Square)

20:00    Closing dinner and party for all conference participants

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

Departure from Athens

          

Humanity in Action Staff Meeting
Location: Impact Hub

12:00-18:00       Meeting for Humanity in Action Staff Members