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Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar

Spring Seminar 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Keynotes Address will be live webcast from the United Nations, at 3:30pm, Thursday, April 3rd! You can watch the address on demand. If you have a UN pass, you are welcome to join us in the Trusteeship Council Conference Room at 3pm (registered seminar attendees will be given passes).

Do not miss the Keynote Speakers: the Unitarian Univeralist Association President, Reverend Peter Morales; Canadian Unitarian Council Executive Director, Vyda Ng; and Indigenous Architect, Douglas Cardinal.  

Topic: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Dates: April 3-5 (with youth arriving on the 2nd)

Keynote Speakers

  • Rev. Peter Morales, Unitarian Universalist Association President
  • Vyda Ng, Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council
  • Douglas Cardinal, Indigenous Architect

Indigenous Rights 101 Panel

  • Cinnamon Spear, Northern Cheyenne woman, writer, and documentary filmaker
  • Sara Chase, Columbia University Native American Society President
  • Gail Forsyth-Vail, UUA Adult Programs Director in the Faith Development Office

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Panel

  • Renzo Pomi, Amnesty International United Nations Office
  • Siegfried Wiessner, Director of St. Thomas University’s Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights; Professor, Author and Legal Advocate for Global Indigenous Rights

Indigenous Spirituality Panel

  • Chief Curtis Zunigha, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Lenape Center and a member of the Delaware Tribe
  • Yolanda Teran, Kichwas Indigenous from Ecuador, Education Coordinator of the Indigenous Women Netwok on Biodiversity from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Mary Lyons, Turtle Island Council, Grandmothers Circle the Earth Foundation

Traditional Lands and Governmental Borders Panel

  • Juan de Dios Garcia X., Mayan Activist affiliated with Adivima
  • Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director of Indigenous Studies at Columbia University
  • John Kane, Radio Host of Let’s Talk Native and Mohawk Activist

Environmental Justice Panel 

  • Hadrien Coumans, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Lenape Center and an adopted member of the Whiteturkey/Fugate family  
  • Juanita Cabrera Lopez, Guatemalan Activist affiliated with Maya Mam
  • Evan Pritchard, Director of the Center for Algonquin Culture in Pine Hill, NY;  Author, Professor, and Lecturer on Native American culture

Creative Programming

  • Bryan Bowers, Canadian Indigenous Visual Artist and Board Member of the First Nations  Technical Institute and the Naval Marine Archive
  • Martha Redbone, Native American Musician
  • Ryan Victor Pierce, The Eagle Project Founder and Artistic Director, Performing Artist

2014 Seminar Costs

  Before March 7th After March 7th
Senior (65+) $295 $355
Adult (35-64) $340 $395
Young Adult (19-34) $225 $285
Youth (14-18) $140 $175
Day Rate $160 $160

Participants must register no later than March 17th. Cancellations cannot be refunded after March 17th.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or financial assistance, please contact us: The scholarship/financial assistance funding is available thanks to the generosity of Dave and Mimi Andrews, Cameron Archibald, Dr. Holly Atkinson, Barbara and Charles Du Mond, Bruce Knotts and Isaac Humphrie, Marilyn Mehr, Charles R. Rosenberg, Scott Seale, Terry Sweetser, Morgan Visconti, Thomas Zeller and additional anonymous donors.

Please consider sponsoring an attendee. To donate a scholarship, please contact the UU-UNO at (subject: Spring Seminar Scholarship).

What Is the Spring Seminar?

Every April, youth and adults from around the United States and Canada gather in New York City for our exciting and educational Intergenerational Spring Seminar.

You should attend the Spring Seminar to…

  • Gain a deep understanding on topics of global concern
  • Listen to insightful speakers from around the world
  • Learn, make friends, have fun, and even sleep!
  • Take on important leadership roles in planning and execution

All participants gain a deep understanding on a topic of global concern in a fun intergenerational environment. Past seminars have focused on poverty, HIV, human trafficking, peacekeeping, climate change, and empowerment of women. Approximately seventy-five youth and youth advisors stay at one of our Manhattan-based Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations while learning, connecting with others, organizing and mobilizing. Not only do youth attend the conference, but many also hold important leadership roles in its planning and execution.

Spring Seminar History

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Last updated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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