The Human Rights Conference

Each year in early March Kean University hosts a significant gathering devoted to Human Rights.  This year the 6th Annual International Conference on Human Rights, sponsored by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013.  The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and to inspire action to combat these injustices. The Human Rights Institute sponsors a broad range of activities, including seminars and conferences, and works with school districts to produce curricula and materials for students. Kean also offers an interdisciplinary M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies degree that specifically studies the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, other Genocides and atrocities that human beings commit against each other.

It is my honor to “emcee” this annual event, and each year I bear witness to the transformation that occurs for so many inspired students, educators, and citizens when they attend this dynamic event.  Approximately 1500+ people gather for the conference which educates and motivates so many to make a difference in this world we share.

Our theme this coming Friday is #ENOUGH! – Affecting Change from the Frontlines to Your Newsfeed.  Our discussion for the day will focus on social media and social change. 


We all look forward to hosting three very compelling activists: Our keynote speaker – John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress.  John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace.  We will also be hosting –Iain Guest, the founder and executive director of The Advocacy Project, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that supports community-based organizations worldwide; and –Hugh Evans, Co-founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project.

For more on the Human Rights Conference and some important Human Rights initiatives, keep posted here at WorldLiterate!