Hudson Institute and Touro College to Host Historic Conference on United Nations & Human Rights

Sep 13, 2011, 08:00 ET from Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. L.L.C.

Distinguished Speakers to Highlight the "Perils of Global Intolerance at the United Nations" on Sept. 22, 2011 in New York City's Millennium UN Plaza Hotel

NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hudson Institute, a leading nonpartisan research institute, and the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust will host an historic conference on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel.

WHAT:  Conference featuring leading foreign policy experts, intellectuals, human rights advocates and key government officials to educate the American public and international community about the perils of embracing racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance at the United Nations. The conference will be a direct challenge to "Durban III" – a simultaneous UN General Assembly event "commemorating" the highly controversial 2001 UN conference in South Africa that ended three days before 9/11.  It will also respond to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is scheduled to speak on the same day at the United Nations.  Featured speakers will include the following:  (Note: times are approximate and subject to change; additional speakers TBA)

  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel (10:30 a.m.)
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (11:30 a.m.)
  • Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee (5:00 p.m.)
  • Academy-award winning actor Jon Voight (10:00 a.m.)
  • Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (9:45 a.m.)
  • Harvard Professor and best-selling author Alan Dershowitz (11:15 a.m.)
  • Israeli Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein (11:00 a.m.)
  • Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney (4:30 p.m.)
  • Psychiatrist named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” Wafa Sultan (1:15 p.m.)
  • Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng (4:00 p.m.)
  • Former Israeli UN Ambassador Dore Gold (12:00 p.m.)
  • President, World Jewish Congress, Ron Lauder (9:30 a.m.)
  • Harvard Professor and National Humanities Medal recipient Ruth Wisse (2:30 p.m.)
  • Veteran award-winning journalist Khaled Abu Toameh (1:30 p.m.)
  • Hoover Institution Fellow and National Humanities Medal recipient Shelby Steele (3:15 p.m.)
  • Bestselling author and award-winning UK journalist Douglas Murray (3:30 p.m.)
  • President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy Zuhdi Jasser (2:15 p.m.)
  • Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, Anne Bayefsky (9:00 a.m.)

WHEN: 9 a.m.6 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 22, 2011.

WHERE:  Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, One United Nations Plaza, 44th Street between First and Second Avenue, New York, NY, USA 10017-3575. Tel: (212) 758-1234. 

WHO:  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. 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.

SOURCE Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. L.L.C.