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4th Annual Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

4th Annual Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum

The focus of this event is "Creating a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports" and it will be available to an international audience via web-ex.


04/08/2016 00:00



The 4th Annual Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum will take place on 8-9 April, with the theme “Creating a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports.” The goal of this year’s forum is to bring together thought leaders from diverse areas of sports advocacy for a think tank on the potential scope, impact, and framing of a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports, outline the rights of every athlete, and define the responsibilities of global sports communities to provide their athletes equality of access, opportunity and experience.

The forum will be organised as an online web-ex conference. Participants will be able to join the conference here for Friday 8 April and here for 9 April. Registrants will receive detailed web-ex instructions prior to the conference.

Friday, 8 April 2016 at 9:00am - Saturday, 9 April 2016 at 4:00pm (EDT)

Friday 8 April
9 - 9:45 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): 
Welcome Remarks
Eli A. Wolff, Brown University, Mary Hums, University of Louisville, Hudson Taylor, Athlete Ally and Charles Gwinn, Muhammad Ali Center
A Framework for Athlete Rights and Human Rights in Sports
Ann Peel, Chester Group
10 – 10:45 am EDT
Muhammad Ali Center and Human Rights Education
Charles Gwinn, Muhammad Ali Center
11 – 11:45 EDT
Making the Case: Toward a Declaration for Human Rights in Sports
Hudson Taylor – Athlete Ally
12 – 12:45 pm EDT
Organisational Implications of a Declaration of Human Rights in Sport
Per Svennson and Kwame Agyemang, LSU
1 – 1:45 pm EDT
Transgender Athlete Rights
Danyelle Hoschar, Ohio State University
Sport as a Human Right: Individuals with Disabilities through Sport
Jeff Levine, University of Louisville, Erika Mueller, BlazeSports
2 – 2:45 pm EDT
Including College Athletes in Dialogues About Human Rights in Sport
Ellen Staurowsky, Drexel University
Human Rights Education and Sports
Konstantine Koutsioumpas, UMass- Boston
3 – 3:45 pm EDT
Open forum discussion
4 – 6 pm EDT
T-Rex Documentary Film and Human Rights in Sports
Sue Jaye Johnson, Documentary Artist

Saturday 9 April

9 – 9:45 am EDT
Athlete Rights and Mindfulness
Sam Parfitt, True Athlete Project
Vanessa Chakour, Sacred Warrior
10 – 10:45 am EDT
Human rights and SDP organisations during conflict escalations
Yoav Dubinsky, University of Tennessee
Reflections from 20 Years of SDP Experience
Carolyn Spellings, University of Tennessee
11 – 11:45 am EDT
The Equalising Power of Sport in American Society
Josh Pate, McKenna Kendrick and Jarrod McAninch, James Madison University
The Missouri No Compromise
David Hollander and Dennis Serrette, NYU
12 – 12:45 pm EDT
Muslim Footballers as Ambassadors of Faith
Omar Salha, University of London
Athlete Rights and Religion
Linda Fuller, Worcester State University
1 – 1:45 pm EDT
The Right to Pursue Arete’
Susan Rayl, SUNY Cortland
The International Fair Play Committee: In Theory and in Practice
Emese Ivan, St. John’s University
2 – 2:45 pm EDT
Athletes and Human Rights: Charity, Engagement and Activism
Eli Wolff and Kerri Heffernan, Brown University
Developing a Human Rights in Sport Checklist and an Athlete Bill of Rights
Mary Hums, University of Louisville
3 – 3:45 pm EDT
Closing open forum discussion


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