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SPHR 2019 Speakers


  • Opal Tometi | Oct. 1
  • Zeynep Tufekci | Oct. 2
  • Anand Giridharadas | Oct. 3
  • Opal Tometi

    Opal Tometi is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent. She has been active in social movements for over 15 years, and is widely known for her role as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and for her years of service as the Executive Director of the United States first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent – the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI).

    Zeynep Tufekci

    Zeynep is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. She is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

    Anand Giridharadas

    Anand is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American (soon to be a feature film), and India Calling. He is an editor-at-large for TIME, was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic.

    Plenary Speakers

    Oct. 2


    Rosalee Gonzalez

    Executive Director, US Human Rights Network

    Meet Rosalee

    Oct. 2


    Terry Marshall

    Founder and Strategy Architect, Intelligent Mischief

    Meet Terry

    Oct. 2


    Margaret L. Satterthwaite

    Faculty Director of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice

    Meet Meg

    Oct. 2


    Mona Younis

    Consultant and Human Rights Advocate; co-founder of Fund for Global Human Rights and the Arab Human Rights Fund

    Meet Mona

    Oct. 2


    Ann Hudock

    President and CEO, Counterpart International

    Meet Ann

    Oct. 2


    Francesca Marotta

    Chief, Methodology, Education and Training Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Meet Francesca

    Oct. 2


    Erin Mazursky

    Founder and CEO, RHIZE

    Meet Erin

    Oct. 2


    Chloe Poynton

    Co-Founder & Principal, Article One

    Meet Chloe

    Oct. 3


    Joseph (JD) D'Cruz

    Senior Advisor, Strategy and Planning, United Nations Development Programme

    Meet JD

    Oct. 3


    Trishala Deb

    Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, Thousand Currents

    Meet Trishala

    Oct. 3


    Hans-Otto Sano

    Research Director, Danish Institute for Human Rights

    Meet Hans-Otto

    Oct. 3


    Lyle A. Scruggs

    Professor, University of Connecticut

    Meet Lyle

    Art Performances

    Oct. 1


    Ebony Heritage Singers

    University Gospel Choir

    Learn about EHS

    Oct. 2


    Latif Bolat

    Turkish Singer, Composer and Scholar

    Meet Latif

    Oct. 3

    Activist Orchestra

    Eun Lee, The Dream Unfinished

    Founder, The Dream Unfinished

    Meet Eun

    Forward-Thinking Workshops

    Raphael Hoetmer

    Associate, JustLabs and Regional Advisor for Strategy and Impact, Amnesty International for the Americas

    Meet Raphael

    Archana Pandya

    Co-director, OpenGlobalRights

    Meet Archana


    Oct. 1

    Conversation with Opal

    Shannon Isom

    CEO, YWCA Dayton

    Meet Shannon

    Oct. 2

    Conversation with Zeynep

    Sam Gregory

    Program Director, WITNESS

    Meet Sam

    Oct. 3

    Conversation with Anand

    Nayyera Haq

    Host, SiriusXM

    Meet Nayyera

    Oct. 2


    Joel Pruce

    Moral Courage Project, University of Dayton Human Rights Center

    Meet Joel

    Oct. 2


    Enrique Piraces

    Program Manager, Center for Human Rights Science

    Meet Enrique

    Oct. 3


    Shelley Inglis

    Executive Director, University of Dayton Human Rights Center

    Meet Shelley

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