Rebels With a Cause: Igniting a Culture of Activism in Youth

November 14, 2014
New York, NY, New York

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MAC Aids Fund

From uploading YouTube videos to creating online petitions to tried-and-true protests in person, youth activists today have an ever-growing toolbox of strategies to tell stories and speak out against injustices. What drives millennials to raise their voices, and for which causes? How do they voice their concerns about society in a world where technology, information and media proliferate? Do the challenges they face differ from those confronted by activists in generations past? The Atlantic, in partnership with the MAC AIDS Fund, convened leaders in social justice and philanthropy, old and young, to discuss the dynamics of youth activism today.  

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10:00 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith President, AtlanticLIVE

10:03 a.m.  Screening – Trailer Of “It’s Not Over”

  • Andrew Jenks Entertainment

10:05 a.m.  Exploring The Positive Story

  • Paige Rawl HIV/AIDS Activist; Author Positive: A Memoir
  • Interviewer: Jenna Bush Hager Contributing Correspondent, NBC News' Today Show

10:35 a.m.  The View From The United Nations

  • Michel Sidibé Executive Director, UNAIDS​
  • Interviewer: Nancy Mahon Executive Director, MAC AIDS Fund

11:00 a.m.  Case Study – When Survivors Speak Out

  • Zoe Ridolfi-Starr Student, Columbia University; Founder, No Red Tape
  • Interviewer: Peter Beinart Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

11:15 a.m.  Case Study – AIDS: The State Of The States

  • Douglas Brooks Director, Office Of National AIDS Policy
  • Maliek Powell and Mario Peregrino SPEAKOUTHIV Ambassadors, Greater Than AIDS
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons Washington Editor At Large, The Atlantic

11:40 a.m.  Remarks

  • John Demsey Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Sandra Thurman Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator, President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief

11:45 a.m.  Case Study – What’s Tech Got To Do With It?

  • Shareeza Bhola Communications Manager, Change.Org
  • Patrick Sullivan Professor of Epidemiology, Emory University
  • Moderator: Peter Beinart

12:05 p.m.  Fresh Out Of Medical School. What’s Next?

  • Vanessa Kerry Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health
  • Interviewer: Steve Clemons

12:35 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith

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