In our final 75th anniversary Ford Forum, we gather activists, rights defenders, government and private sector leaders, artists and writers to challenge us all to think beyond conventions and to reimagine what human rights can and should be in an era of transformation. “Beyond Conventions: Reimagining Human Rights in a Time of Change” will be held at the foundation on Sept. 20, 2011.


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About the Event

9:20-10:40 am

Human Rights on Trial
Geoffrey Robertson QC (Moderator) Human Rights Lawyer
Jackie Dugard Co-Founder and Executive Director
Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa
Jeremy Heimans Co-Founder and CEO Purpose
Diego Luna Actor and Activist
Anthony D. Romero Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union
Salil Shetty Secretary General Amnesty International

11:15 am-12:00 pm

Women of the World
Cynthia McFadden (Moderator)Anchor and Correspondent ABC News
Michelle Bachelet Executive Director, UN Women
Melanne Verveer U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global
Women’s Issues

12:00-12:10 pm

Live Performance by Sussan Deyhim
Sussan Deyhim Composer, Vocalist and Performance Artist

12:35-1:30 pm

Lunchtime Discussion: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
Jeffrey Toobin (Moderator)Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Wade Henderson President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Harold Hongju Koh Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

1:55-2:05 pm

Live Performance by Universes
Universes International Ensemble Performance Company

2:05-3:10 pm

Technology — The Next Frontier
Sewell Chan (Moderator) Deputy Editor, The New York Times
Tim Berners-Lee Inventor, World Wide Web
Rebecca MacKinnon Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Elisa Massimino President and CEO, Human Rights First
Andrew McLaughlin Executive Director, Civic Commons
Danny O'Brien Internet Advocacy Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists

3:10-3:55 pm

On the Frontlines of Human Rights
Charlayne Hunter-Gault (Moderator) Foreign Correspondent, NPR
Madeleine K. Albright Former U.S. Secretary of State
Desmond Tutu Chair, The Elders

4:25-5:20 pm

Paths to Prosperity
Lyse Doucet (Moderator) Correspondent, BBC World Service
Hossam Bahgat Founder and Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
Nonkosi Khumalo Chair, Treatment Action Campaign
Angélique Kidjo Founder, Batonga
Balakrishnan Rajagopal Director, MIT Program on Human Rights and Justice
Kenneth Roth Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

5:20-5:30 pm

Live Performance by Angélique Kidjo
Angélique Kidjo Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist


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