Speakers

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez

Confronting Intolerance Today - March 24, 2015

Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez was born to a single mother in Brazil, who sent him at age 14 to Miami, FL, where he first dreamed of becoming a teacher. He started organizing on immigrant rights issues in 2007 while he served as student government president at Miami Dade College.

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Maria Alegria Rodriguez

Confronting Intolerance Today - March 24, 2015

Maria has defended basic human rights of low-income and migrant peoples for 30 years. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where Maria started her work on issues of race and poverty by becoming active in the anti-apartheid and Central America solidarity efforts.

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Marleine Bastien

Confronting Intolerance Today - March 24, 2015

Marleine Bastien, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is the Executive Director of the organization, responsible for oversight of the agency. Ms. Bastien has a master's degree in social work from Florida International University, with more than 20 years of clinical experience and eight years of direct administrative experience in non-profit management.

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Rabbi David Saperstein

Confronting Intolerance Today - September 17, 2014

Rabbi Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., has headed several national religious coalitions, including the Coalition to Protect Religious Liberty. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2014 Anne Frank Award for Human Dignity and Tolerance

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Yvonne Simons

Shabbat Dinner Series - August 9, 2013

Yvonne Simons, AFC’s Executive Director, has extensive experience in management, development and grant writing, and program conceptualization, implementation and growth.

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Reverend Dr. Canon Andrew White

Confronting Intolerance Today - September 17, 2014

Known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," Reverend Canon White has been a tireless supporter of religious tolerance and reconciliation in Baghdad and the Middle East. He was the recipient of the 2014 Anne Frank Special Recognition Award for Religious Tolerance and Reconciliation.

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Boris Dittrich

Confronting Intolerance Today - May 14, 2014

Boris leads Human Rights Watch's advocacy efforts on LGBT rights around the world. He meets regularly with victims of homophobia and trans-phobia, and with government officials, members of parliament, and journalists in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe to push for progress on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Cecilia Chung

Confronting Intolerance Today - May 14, 2014

Cecilia Chung is Senior Strategist at the Transgender Law Center and an internationally recognized civil rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice.

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Susan Belinda Christian

Confronting Intolerance Today - May 14, 2014

Commissioner Christian is an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office where she is currently assigned to the Behavioral Health Court, a collaborative, multidisciplinary court providing treatment and rehabilitation for people whose offenses are tied to mental illness. She is a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Commissioner Christian received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

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Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 3, 2014

Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan and director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his semikha from RIETS, and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University.

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Russell Shorto

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 3, 2014

American author, historian and journalist, best known for his book on the Dutch origins of New York City, The Island at the Center of the World. Shorto is the New Netherland Research Center's 2013 Senior Scholar. His most recent work, published in October 2013, is Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City, which tells the story of the city from its origins, through its Golden Age, to the present day.

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Rabbi Marc Schneier

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 24, 2013

Shabbat Dinner Series - August 9, 2013

Rabbi Marc Schneier is the 18th generation of a distinguished rabbinic dynasty. He is an international figure who is known for his innovative leadership in the promotion of dialogue and cooperation in intergroup and race relations. As a prominent leader of the Jewish community, Rabbi Schneier has emerged in the forefront of combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the Jewish and Muslim communities around the world.

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Rob de Vos

Shabbat Dinner Series - August 9, 2013

After his Economics Studies (specialization Industrial Organization) in Amsterdam, Consul General Rob de Vos entered the Dutch Foreign Service in 1978. During his first assignment he was a member of the team that opened an Embassy in North Yemen.

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Marieke van Woerkom

Confronting Intolerance Today - June 4, 2013

Marieke van Woerkom has worked in the field of cultural exchange, conflict transformation and human rights since 1996. As program director, facilitator and trainer, she has designed, implemented and supervised hundreds of trainings, dialogues and related programs that raise awareness, promote understanding and empower diverse groups of people to make positive change in their own lives and that of their communities.

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Dr. Martin Sleeper

Confronting Intolerance Today - June 4, 2013

Dr. Martin Sleeper is Associate Executive Director at Facing History and Ourselves. His undergraduate degree is from Willams College in History and he holds Masters’ and doctoral degrees in teaching and curriculum development from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He has extensive experience in teaching at the secondary and college levels as well as curriculum design and museum education.

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Imam Shamsi Ali

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 24, 2013

Imam Shamsi Ali is a renowned Muslim Scholar and a well known Imam in New York City, USA. He was an Imam of the city’s largest mosque located in 96th street and 3rd AV Manhattan. He is Chairman of the Al-Hikmah Mosque in Astoria and the Director of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens.

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Herman Bolhaar

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 24, 2013

Herman Bolhaar is the current chairman of the Netherlands Council of Prosecutors, the top of the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Bolhaar is also the Chief Prosecutor of the city of Amsterdam and holds the title of Attorney General.

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Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett

Confronting Intolerance Today - April 24, 2013

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett established the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice in 2008 and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. This human rights organization is proudly carrying on the unique legacy of the late Congressman Tom Lantos who, as the only survivor of the Holocaust ever elected to Congress, was one of our nation's most eloquent and forceful leaders on behalf of human rights and justice.

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