Hudson Institute and Touro College to Host Historic Conference on Intolerance at the United Nations, Provide "The Response" to Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Palestinians' Unilateral Statehood Move

Sep 21, 2011, 08:00 ET from Hudson Institute and Touro College

Mike Huckabee, John Bolton, Elie Wiesel & Many Others are Scheduled to Speak on Sept. 22, 2011 in New York City's Millennium UN Plaza Hotel

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will join 18 other top names – among them former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel – at the day-long "counter conference" titled "The Perils of Global Intolerance at Today's United Nations."

The conference will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel (2nd floor).  NOTE: Broadcast quality lighting provided.  

Conference speakers will include leading foreign policy experts, intellectuals, human rights advocates and leading government officials who will directly respond to the Palestinian's unilateral bid for UN-backed statehood and the Iranian President's assault on America and Israel.  Speakers will also address the spectacle of the UN commemorating in New York the 10th anniversary of the 2001 "World Conference Against Racism," which provided a global platform to hate speech and ended just three days after 9/11.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be an informal media availability on Thursday, September 22, 2011 for journalists with conference speakers from approx. 10:30 a.m.11:00 a.m. ET at the conference, and again at approximately 2:40 p.m. ET.

The schedule is as follows:

8:00 – Registration Desk Opens

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

8:55 - 9:00

Anne Bayefsky

Conference Chair, Introductions

9:00 - 9:05

Ron Prosser

Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations

9:05  -  9:08

Alan Kadish

President, Touro College

9:08  -  9:10

Ken Weinstein

President, Hudson Institute

9:10  -  9:25

Ann Bayefsky

Director, Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

9:25  -  9:45

Ron Lauder

President, World Jewish Congress

9:45  -  10:05

John Bolton

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN

10:05 - 10:25

Elie Wiesel

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

10:30 - 10:55


11:00 - 11:20

Yuli Edelstein

Israeli Minister of Information and Diaspora

11:20 - 11:40

Alan Dershowitz

Harvard Professor and best-selling author

11:40 - 12:00

Ed Koch

Former New York City Mayor

12:00 - 12:20

Dore Gold

Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN

12:20 - 1:20


1:20  -  1:40

Wafa Sultan

One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People

1:40  -  2:00

Khaled Abu Toameh

Veteran award-winning journalist

2:00  -  2:20

Zudhi Jasser

President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy

2:20  -  2:40

Ruth Wisse

Harvard Professor and National Humanities Medal recipient

2:40  -  3:00


3:20  -  3:40

Shelby Steele

Hoover Institution Fellow, National Humanities Medal recipient

3:40  -  4:00

Douglas Murray

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist

4:00  -  4:20

Simon Deng

Sudanese human rights activist

4:20  -  4:40

Jon Voight

Academy Award Winning Actor

4:40  -  5:00

Jason Kenney

Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and multiculturalism

5:00  -  5:25

Mike Huckabee

Former Governor of Arkansas

5:25  -  6:00


Media Registration:  

  1. UN resident correspondents may attend throughout the day;  on site media check-in begins on Thurs., Sept. 22, 2011 at 8 a.m.; Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, 44th Street between First and Second Ave.; registration desk in lobby.
  2. Other media who wish to attend the conference must R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 to:

To arrange for interviews with speakers, contact or Kirsten Fedewa at 202.365.6936.   Official photo ID and media credentials required. Cameras and all equipment will be subject to security check. For more information, contact Tim Mather: (516) 581-7441.

Conference Hosts:

The Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust aims to understand, explore and evaluate contemporary mechanisms for protecting human rights and the rule of law in view of the lessons of the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Hudson Institute is a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis. Founded in 1961, Hudson is celebrating a half century of forging ideas that promote security, prosperity, and freedom.

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