Session I Speakers
Creating Tides of Change
These speakers will explore the tides of social change beginning with a lone drop; one person’s inspiration to create local change can eventually be felt on the other side of the world. While mass inequality, prejudice, and fear have risen to the forefront of communities, these brave voices have become even more important. Activist led grassroots movements, initially in order to affect local change, have become catalysts for a national conversation and action to uproot societal issues.
"Finding the Courage to End Gun Violence in America"
Peter spent almost eight years on the staffs of Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, serving as legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In 2012, he was appointed as an advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, focusing on clean energy finance and deployment. In 2013, he joined Congresswoman Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly to launch Giffords, an organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence, where he serves as Executive Director and Founder.
"The Language of Motherly Love"
Rebecca Cox (SFS '22) founded Project Olas, a social venture employing moms in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump community as Spanish language tutors online. In April 2020, Olas won first place in the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Challenge for $10,000 out of 34 teams. Rebecca leads a team of 38 and oversees the operation of 13 Club Olas chapters across the US.
"The Road to Black Liberation Isn't Yours to Choose"
Kayla Friedland (SFS '22) hopes to utilize her educational privilege to uplift marginalized, working-class communities through grassroots community and worker organizing. Kayla has been active in the DC uprisings since they began in May and contributes to the Georgetown community through her work as an intern with the Kalmanovitz Initiative & student movements like the Black Survivors' Coalition and Georgetown United Against Police Aggression.
"Make Jokes Not War"
Zev Burton (SFS '22), studying International Politics with a double minor in Russian and Mathematics, is deeply passionate about helping keep people safe from threats, and he's fascinated by discovering unique ways to help make the world more peaceful.
Session II Speakers
Filtering and Distilling Truth
These speakers are uncovering and exposing hidden and disguised information. The pressure is amplified when one's work goes against powerful institutions and leaders. However, these artists, scientists, and journalists do this every day. These distillers of truth dive deep, alone into uncharted waters. Through various platforms, they are able to bring attention to the realities of our society that many of us are blind to.
Fr. Gerard McGlone
"Finding the words...transforming trauma."
Fr. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., Ph.D. is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown. As a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, he will bravely be giving a speech entitled "Finding the words...transforming trauma." He was previously an assistant professor of psychiatry at Medstar Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has been Executive Director at several major treatment centers in the United States. He is also the lead author of several award-winning books: Creating Safe and Sacred Places and two Catholic Press Association (CPA) Award winners The Inner Life of Priests and To Be One in Christ: Intercultural Formation and Ministry.
Kul Chandra Gautam
"Relevance of the UN and multilateralism in post-COVID World"
Kul Chandra Gautam is a distinguished diplomat, public policy advocate, and human rights activist. Not only is he a former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, but he has extensive experience in international diplomacy, development cooperation, and humanitarian assistance. Currently, Mr. Gautam serves on the Boards of several organizations dealing with poverty reduction, peace-building, inter-faith cooperation, public health, education, and the well-being of women and children.
"What Battling 11,000 Internet Trolls taught me about Political Discourse"
Alexandra Bowman (Col. '22), is a political cartoonist, satirist, and freelance illustrator from Washington, D.C. She serves as the Political Cartoonist for The Lincoln Project and environmental news platform Our Daily Planet. She is even the youngest current member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as well as the creator of “The Hilltop Show,” a political comedy web series seeking to present national and international news to young people across the US!
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