2010 Envision Program

Wednesday, November 30, -0001

Afternoon Keynote Address: Susan Chira, Foreign Editor, The New York Times

1:45 p.m.

Screening: A Small Act

9:45 a.m.

A Film by Jennifer Arnold (USA 2010, 88 min)
An HBO Documentary Film
Introduction: Jennifer Arnold

When Hilde Back sponsored the education of a poor Kenyan boy, she thought little of it and never expected to hear from him. But years later she did. That student, Chris Mburu, now a Harvard graduate and UN human rights officer, decides to find the stranger and replicate the generosity he received by founding his own scholarship fund for a new generation. A SMALL ACT bears witness to the lasting effect that one singular act of kindness can have.www.asmallact.com


9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. - Welcome:
Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP

Opening Remarks:
Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations

9:15 a.m. - Keynote Address
Harry Belafonte, International Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 

Education Obstacles and Solutions in Africa - The Power of One

11:30 a.m.

The film " A Small Act " reveals on a micro level how an individual act of philanthropy can have a profound effect on a child's education and future. How does this translate on a larger scale as a potential solution to education challenges globally? What other methods and programs are in place or being developed to make advances toward the goal of universal education in Africa and other countries in which multiple barriers exist?


Stephane Dujarric, Senior Adviser and Spokesperson, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Chris Mburu, central character in A SMALL ACT and Chief, Anti-Discrimination Section,Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations

Penny Abeywardena, Senior Manager of Education/Girls and Women, Clinton Global Initiative

Allison Anderson, Scholar, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Michael Gibbons, Education Partnership for Children on Conflict at the Council on Foreign Relations and International Training and Education Program, American University

Heather Simpson, Senior Director, Education and Child Development at Save the Children

Waiting for Superman

3:30 p.m.

A Film by Davis Guggenheim (USA 2010, 102 min)
A Paramount Vantage Release
Introduction: Lesley Chilcott, producer

From the Academy Award winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, comes "Waiting for 'Superman,' a provocative and cogent examination of the crisis of public education in the United States told through multiple interlocking stories - from a handful of students and their families whose futures hang in the balance, to the educators and reformers trying to find real and lasting solutions within a dysfunctional system.www.waitingforsuperman.com

Telling Their Own Stories - The Individual as Documentarian and the Impact of User Generated Media

2:00 p.m.

Over the past few years there have been a growing number of programs established by human rights organizations to train and equip individuals around the world with cameras to document and tell stories about the issues affecting their lives and communities. What impact is this having on the issues, the communities, and those individuals who are the storytellers - many of them young people?


Dan Cogan, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Impact Partners


Karen Cirillo, Executive Producer, Children's Broadcasting Initiatives, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Mallika Dutt, Founder and Executive Director, Breakthrough

John Kennedy, Executive Producer, World Without Walls

Jessica Mayberry, Founding Director, Video Volunteers

Ryan Schlief, Asia Program Manager, WITNESS

Public Education - Examining the Old Model and Probing the New

5:30 p.m.

"Waiting for 'Superman' " offers convincing and heartbreaking statistics that characterize the "dropout factories and academic sinkholes" within the US school system, but posits hope for the future. Join some of the real world players and top thinkers examining this landscape in an exciting public discussion. Introduction to Panel: Suzanne Bilello, Senior Public Information and Liaison Officer, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Moderator: Elizabeth Green, Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting, Columbia University.


Cindy Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Christopher Cerf, CEO, Sangari Global Education Institute

Lesley Chilcott, Producer, WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN'

Jason Kamras, Advisor to District of Columbia Dept of Education, 2005 National Teacher of the Year

Nitzan Pelman, Executive Director, Citizen Schools New York


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