2015 Conference Speakers

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Rick Steves

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of over 50 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." Over the past 20 years, he has hosted more than 100 travel shows for public television. Mr. Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program. He is the author of Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how travel has broadened his own perspectives, and how it can be a significant source for peace and understanding in the world.

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Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and has been a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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David Crane

Professor Crane is a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law, where he also earned his Juris Doctor degree. There he teaches International Criminal Law, International Law, and National Security as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone by then Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Through 2005 Professor Crane prosecuted those who bore the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990's as Chief Prosecutor. He was the first American Chief Prosecutor at an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert H. Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945.

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Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is descended from two of the most important names in American history; he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. He is President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools across the U.S. through service learning. Mr. Morris's career and life path are driven by a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude with a focus on the FDFI mission To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.

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Karen Korematsu

Karen Korematsu is the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu and in 2009 co-founded the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education and the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. She has been the Institute's executive director since May 2013. She shares her father's passion for social justice and education as she carries on her father's legacy through education as a civil rights advocate and public speaker.

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Anthony Chávez

Raised in the farm worker movement his grandfather, César Chávez, founded, Anthony Chávez grew up participating in United Farm Workers' marches, picket lines, and political campaigns. He speaks now around the country to numerous student and community groups on behalf of the César Chávez Foundation, established to further his grandfather's life and work. He has worked on several political campaigns, including as campaign manager for a successful Phoenix city council candidate. He is also working on service learning and character education initiatives, including with the Alameda (CA) County Office of Education.

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