Campus Progress is now Generation Progress! Find out more »


2008 Conference Agenda


8:15 – 9:00 AM Registration and Welcome Breakfast

9:00 – 11:15 AM Opening Plenary

  • Introduction: Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Harvard University
  • Keynote Address by John Edwards, United States Senator from North Carolina
  • David Halperin, Director, Campus Progress, and Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress
  • Erica Williams, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Campus Progress
  • Performance by spoken word duo Yellow Rage
  • What’s Next?
    Transforming youth voting into youth power
    • Robert “Biko” Baker, Executive Director, League of Young Voters
    • Amanda Carpenter, National Political Reporter,
    • Heather McGhee, Law student, UC-Berkeley
    • Maria Terésa Petersen, Executive Director, Voto Latino
    • Moderator: Ben Adler, Staff Writer, Politico

11:30 – 12:45 PM Breakout I

The Forgotten Factor
Making human rights a priority in foreign policy

  • Mallika Dutt, Founder and Executive Director, Breakthrough
  • Nancy Rubin, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights
  • Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Moderator: Mark Hanis, Founder and Executive Director, Genocide Intervention Network

Acting Locally
What community organizers are already doing to combat climate change

  • Robert Cabrales, Southeast Los Angeles Organizer, Communities for a Better Environment
  • Monique Harden,, Co-Director and Attorney, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
  • Mary Anne Hitt, Executive Director, Appalachian Voices
  • Kandi Mosset, Tribal Campus Climate Challenge Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Moderator: Jessy Tolkan, executive Director of Programs, Energy Action Coalition

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Free Expression
Determining the future of the internet

  • Michael Bracy, Policy Director, Future of Music Coalition
  • Alison Hanold, Projects Coordinator, Center for Social Media
  • Eloise-Rose Lee, Project Director for Broadband Access, Media Alliance
  • Michael O’Leary, Motion Picture Association of America
  • Moderator: Mark Lloyd, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

The March Goes On
Mapping the future of civil rights activism

  • Candace Gingrich, Senior Youth Outreach Manager, Human Rights Campaign
  • Melody Gonzales, National Coordinator, Student/Farmworker Alliance
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Moderator: Erica Williams, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Campus Progress

12:45 – 1:00 PM Networking Break

1:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch Service

1:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch Plenary

  • Performance by spoken word artist Paul Flores
  • Introduction: Nick Sifuentes, University of California-Los Angeles

    John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

  • Introduction: Tony Anderson, Morehouse College

    Keith Ellison, United States Representative from Minnesota

2:30 – 3:45 PM Breakout II

Restoring Leadership
How the United States can thrive in a new world

  • Amar Bakshi, Reporter,
  • Michael Hirsh, Senior Editor, Newsweek
  • Mona Sutphen, Managing Director, Stonebridge International LLC, New York Office
  • Matthew Yglesias, Associate Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
  • Moderator: Anna Soellner, Vice President for Communications and Deputy Director, California Office, Center for American Progress

Not Your Parents’ Economy
How young people can thrive in an unsteady economy

  • Tamara Draut, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program, Demos
  • Amaad Rivera, Racial Wealth Divide Initiative Leader, United For a Fair Economy
  • Alice Hershey, Young Workers United
  • Monique Scott, Young Workers Program Coordinator, SEIU
  • Moderator: David Madland, Director of the American Worker Project, Center for American Progress

Multiple Choice
Filling in the blanks of the reproductive justice movement

  • Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, Choice USA
  • Mary Mahoney, Assistant Director, Pro-Choice Public Education Project
  • Miriam Yeung, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
  • Moderator: Amanda Marcotte, Blogger,

Is LGBT Activism Obsolete?
Assessing the goals and methods of the LGBT movement

  • Masen Davis, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center
  • James Kirchick, Associate Editor, The New Republic
  • Richard Kim, Associate Editor, The Nation
  • Moderator: Rob Anderson, Editor,

Rap Sessions
How the hip-hop generation is reshaping politics

  • Rose Clemente, Community organizer, journalist, and hip-hop activist
  • M-1, Hip-hop recording artist, Dead Prez
  • Maya Rockeymoore, Founder, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions
  • Billy Wimsatt, Founder, League of Young Voters
  • Angela Woodson, Director of Outreach, Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives
  • Moderator: Jeff Johnson, CEO, Truth is Power

3:45 – 4:15 PM Networking Break

4:15 – 6:00 PM Closing Plenary

Confronting Genocide and Mass Atrocities
How activism and the arts can fight global crises together

  • Introduction: Sayeda Fazel, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Betty Bigombe, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace
  • Ryan Gosling, Actor and activist
  • Omer Ismail, Co-Founder, Darfur Peace and Development
  • Moderator: John Prendergast, Co-Chair, ENOUGH Project, Center for American Progress

Performance by Musician Ted Leo

Introduction: Colin Bennett, Southern Connecticut State University
Adrienne Maree Brown, Executive Director, Ruckus Society

Introduction: Adriana Cortes, California State University-Fullerton
Linda Sànchez, United States Representative from California

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Networking Reception

Like this article?

Share this Tweet this Email icon Email this
By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the Privacy Policy and agree to the Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.