Elie Wiesel to Hold Press Conference to Announce Formation of Youth Initiatives Commission

in BU In the Community, News Releases, University Affairs
December 2nd, 2000

Contact: Mark Toth, | mtoth@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — Elie Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace and professor at Boston University, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 6 at 12:15 p.m. at Boston University to announce the launch of a Youth Initiatives Commission, which will advise the incoming Presidential administration on policies and programs for youth development.

Turning to youth leaders dedicated to community action and the well-being of humankind, The Wiesel Foundation’s Youth Initiatives Commission plans to present an Action Plan for Youth Development to senior officials at the White House and the U.S. Congress in March 2001. The Commission will work with the country’s political leaders in an inspirational effort to break down barriers of hatred and misunderstanding that plague the nation and the world.

The press conference will be held in conjunction with the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s Conference of Tomorrow’s Leaders entitled “From Indifference to Action,” held at Boston University December 2 – 6.

“From Indifference to Action” is a unique gathering of 40 outstanding young people from across the United States who are meeting with prominent individuals and professionals from public service, the arts, politics, business, and youth development. Distinguished guest speakers of the conference include: Richard C. Holbrooke, permanent representative of the U.S. to the United Nations; Norma Cantu, assistant secretary for civil rights, U.S. Department of Education; Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.); Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.); John Silber, chancellor of Boston University. First Lady and Senator-elect Hillary Clinton addressed participants via satellite during the opening ceremony on Monday, December 4. EVENT: Elie Wiesel Press Conference DATE: Wednesday, December 6, 2000 TIME: 12:15 p.m. PLACE: George Sherman Union Room 315, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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