In 2018, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) hosted its first Global Citizen Summit, bringing dozens of performers to St. John’s College to celebrate our individual and collective global identities. Developed entirely by CIR’s current High School Fellows, our second Global Citizen Summit highlighted pressing issues around the world for today’s youth – and the centrality of the next generation taking an active role in our interwoven global society.
This year’s Global Citizen Summit unfolded over four livestreams, with two on Saturday, April 24 and two on Saturday, May 1. Our Fellows introduced and moderated all sessions, leading discussions on topics not taught in school (e.g. on child marriage in Yemen) or simply of high importance to their generation (e.g. on reconciliation).
CIR defines global citizens as critical thinkers who seek to understand how the world works, value diversity and multiple perspectives, understand their own culture of origin, are troubled by social injustice, feel an ethical responsibility to other individuals and cultures around the globe, actively participate in the community from the local to the global, and are willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.
Saturday, April 24th Sessions
Justice After Mass Atrocity: Truth Commissions Around the World
Speaker: Barbara Mulvaney. In the late twentieth century, tens of thousands were kidnapped, tortured, and killed during ethnic conflicts around the world, with devastated communities needing to recover and rebuild. South Africa, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia each suffered atrocities on a massive scale and each has implemented a different form of transitional justice to restore peace in their society—to varying degrees of success.
Barbara Mulvaney is an International Human Rights Attorney. She was a Senior Advisor for the Iraqi Inspector General and Bureau of Supreme Audit, and Deputy Director for Constitutional and Legislative Affairs with the United States Department of State from 2008-2012. She is a former Senior Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda.
Reconciliation After Colonization: The Genocide Against U.S. Indigenous Communities
Speaker: Regis Pecos. In this livestream, Regis Pecos shared his views on reconciliation after colonization, particularly relating to the historic genocide against U.S. indigenous communities. How is this genocide taught in school? How can we promote and engage in more conversations on difficult topics at school, better using education as a tool to achieve reconciliation among communities?
Regis Pecos is a citizen of the Pueblo de Cochiti. He is currently Co-Director of the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, which he co-founded. He has served as Councilor and Former Governor, Lt. Governor (three terms), and is a lifetime member of the Tribal Council of the Pueblo de Cochiti. Pecos was most recently Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House, New Mexico House of Representatives. Pecos previously served as Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst to the Speaker, New Mexico House of Representatives; and for 16 years, as Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs under four administrations.
Saturday, May 1st Sessions
The Next Generation and Protests in Chile
Speaker: Dr. Indira Palacios-Valladares. In this stream, we learned all about the 2019 youth-led protests in Chile. What were these protests all about? How and why did young protestors take to the streets of Chile to demand change? Included in this livestream was a discussion on the legacy of Augusto Pinochet, forced disappearances, and the use of graffiti for political mobilization.
Dr. Indira Palacios-Valladares received her MA and PhD in Political Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she specialized in comparative politics with an emphasis on Latin America. She has published on issues pertaining Chilean labor politics and women’s social and political participation in Latin America. Dr. Palacios’ current research focuses on Latin-American student movements.
Preventing Child Marriage in Yemen
Speaker: Nada Al-Ahdal. In this livestream, Yemeni human rights activist Nada Al-Ahdal discussed her experiences of escaping two different child marriage pacts which her parents had arranged…at age 11.
Shortly after escaping both marriages, Nada posted a YouTube video criticizing child marriage by sharing her story. The video quickly went viral and prompted international media coverage of Yemen’s continued practice of child marriage, resulting in this TEDx talk. Nada will talk about the current human rights situation in Yemen, and what we can do, as global citizens, to end child marriage.
Nada Al-Ahdal is a Yemeni human rights activist known for escaping two different child marriage arrangements. Through her influence, a law was passed in Yemen, criminalizing marriage for individuals under the age of 18. Among Nada’s numerous achievements, she was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Prize for Children and her autobiography, The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Against Child Marriage, was published in 2015.