Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Holds Conference of Young Leaders at Boston University

Contact: Mark Toth, | mtoth@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) — The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, in association with Boston University, is sponsoring a youth leader conference “From Indifference to Action,” a unique gathering of 40 outstanding young people from across the United States who are strongly dedicated to community activism and the well-being of humankind.

“This is a conference about hope,” says Wiesel, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Peace and professor at Boston University. “It is about the future. It is about the kind of world and country we would like our children to inherit.”

Participants of the conference, being held at Boston University December 4-6, are meeting with prominent individuals and professionals from public service, the arts, politics, business, and youth development. Discussions will center around confronting indifference, engaging young people in community-based activities, addressing societal problems, and motivating the participants’ peers to get involved or seek activism opportunities available to them.

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 will address participants via satellite during the opening ceremony on Monday, December 4.

The dialog from the conference will be incorporated into an Action Plan for Youth Development. Its purpose will be to frame the findings and recommendations from the conference and to disseminate them into a broader audience of opinion leaders and policymakers.

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity was established by Wiesel and his wife Marion shortly after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the cause of human rights and to promote humanitarian goals by creating forums to discuss ethical and moral issues. Through all its activities, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity works to combat indifference, intolerance, and injustice.