2018 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Teen Summer Symposium.This year’s theme is Tomorrow is Now…. be the change!
We are still developing the 2018 program. Check out the highlights below:
Speakers participating in this summer’s program:
- We are honored to welcome Holocaust Survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan. She will share her experiences during the Holocaust and selections from her memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles.
- Attal Nang is a recipient of the United Nations Youth Courage Award for his work on behalf of Afghan girls and young women and will share his experiences supporting girls’ education in Afghanistan. His is the single male voice in the book, We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope.
- Syrian artist, activist, and humanitarian Nada Odeh will discuss her experiences leaving Syria, the current conditions in Syria, and how art can be used as a form of resistance. She will lead students in an art session.
- We will be joined by James Shultis an LGBT+ rights advocate, community educator, and creative writer currently living in Western Massachusetts. With a long history of working in community non-profits, they will share how young people can advocate for safe and affirming schools for all students.
- Several elected officials will also join us to answer questions and provide insight into how government works.
In addition to hearing from international and nationally recognized human rights advocates and educators, participants will also have the opportunity to choose four workshops to attend. Here are a selection of the topics we will cover:
Immigration and the Dream Act
Civic Engagement and Lobbying for Your Cause
How Campaigns Work
Fake News and Information Literacy
July 9th – July 11th NYSUT headquarters, Latham, NY.
Dates and Times
Monday through Wednesday, July 9th – 11th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Tuition: $125.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials. Limited need-based scholarships are available.
Now in its fourth year, The 2018 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights is a three-day workshop open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, who are interested in history, social justice, politics, and international relations. The goals of the Teen Summer Symposium are to provide participants with a deeper understanding of human rights history and humanitarian issues today and inspire them to have a positive impact on the world.
Participants in the 2018 Teen Summer Symposium will have the opportunity to work with teachers and community leaders, and hear from human rights experts and advocates.
Through participating in hands-on learning activities and discussions, participants will gain the knowledge, know-how, and network to help them make a difference.
A Capital Region Institute for Human Rights Partner