The core principles of the Four Freedoms, as laid out by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt in the Declaration of Human Rights, are under attack. Censorship is threatening freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear, posing a significant threat to global democracy. At the Freedom Summit, leading changemakers from Europe and the United States will come together to tackle the pressing issue of censorship and its impact on democracy.

This isn’t just another conference – it’s a hands-on learning experience. Students have the opportunity to engage in small groups directly with experts and activists, gaining practical insights into how they can create change in their immediate surroundings. Because small actions lead to big changes, and every voice matters in the fight for freedom.

Anne Roosevelt (via video)

Anne Roosevelt, the granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, has left an indelible mark through her advocacy and leadership. Anne passionately emphasizes the enduring relevance of her grandparents’ legacy in today’s world. In her inspiring talks, she underscores the power of individual action, asserting that each person, regardless of age or circumstance, holds the potential to positively  change their community and beyond.

Drawing upon the timeless ideals of compassion, resilience, and social responsibility embodied by her grandparents, Anne empowers audiences to embrace their capacity to make meaningful contributions. She  reminds us all that even the smallest acts of kindness and advocacy can catalyze profound transformation.

Dr. Walter Earl Fluker

Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Ethical Leadership at Boston University and Dean’s Professor of Spirituality, Ethics, and Leadership at Emory University, continues the esteemed legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Howard Thurman.

At the Freedom Summit, he will delve into the profound connection between Freedom of Religion and the ongoing struggles for social justice and human rights.

Tracie D. Hall

Tracie D. Hall, a renowned Public Scholar, Strategist, and Librarian, previously held the esteemed position of Executive Director at the American Library Association (ALA), the world’s oldest and largest library association. Now, she is set to bring her wealth of experience to the faculty of the University of Washington Information School in Seattle, assuming the role of Distinguished Practitioner in Residence starting this fall.

At the Freedom Summit, she will address the critical topic of Freedom of Speech in the public domain, shedding light on the pervasive issue of censorship and its impact on this fundamental freedom.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones is the inaugural director of the Center for Educators and Schools at the New York Public Library.

Jones will explore the intersection of Freedom of Expression and Education at the Freedom Summit. He will offer his insights into the role of educational institutions and campuses as catalysts for social justice movements, highlighting their potential to effect substantial change. However, he will also address the complexities of contemporary discourse, including the emergence of cancel culture and its implications.

Derk Sauer

Derk Sauer, a Dutch journalist and media entrepreneur renowned for founding The Moscow Times and Vedomosti in Russia, finds himself at a pivotal moment amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He recognizes that now, more than ever, there is a critical need to advocate for freedom. Sauer will draw from his extensive experience to discuss the paramount importance of Freedom of Press. 

His insights will delve into the realms of journalism, freedom of information, and political rhetoric, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities faced in safeguarding these fundamental values.

This event is open to all students from universities and universities of applied sciences in Europe. Places are limited, and on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please follow this link.