1939 - 2009: 70th Anniversary of the 17th of November, the International Students' Day

16th November
                                    Sessions held at the Univesité Libre de Bruxelles

                        09.30 – 11.00: Offical opening
                        - Giuseppe BECCIA, Secretary General of OBESSU
                        - Ligia DECA, Chairperson European Students' Union
                        - Tom DEMEYER, VVS Executive Committee
                        - Kenneth BERTRAMS, Conseil d'Administration of the ULB

                        11.00 – 11.30: Coffee Break

                        11.30 – 13.00: "Here we are: Youth and Students in Europe for the defence and promotion of Human Rights"
                        - Peter MATJAŠIČ, Secretary General of JEF - Young Europen Federalists
                        - Virginija PRASMICKAITE, IGLYO – International LGBTQ youth organisation
                        - Eline VAN NISTELROOIJ, Spokesperson FYEG Federation Young European Greens
                        - Michele CURTO, President of FLARE – Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe

                        13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

                        14.30 – 16.00: The role of student activism in the XX century in the opposition of authoritarian regimes. 
                        - Jean Philippe LEGOIS, directeur de la Mission CAARME/ Cité des mémoires étudiantes
                        - Robi MORDER, GERME - Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Mouvements Etudiants

                        16.00 – 16 30: Coffee break

                        16.30 – 18.00: Students and the Cold War: the International Union of Students and the International Student Confederation and the regimes of the XX Centrury.
                        - Joel KOTEK, Historian, author of the book "Students and the Cold War"
                        - Giovanni BERLINGUER, former MEP & former leader of the IUS
                        -  Henrik BERGGREN, historian, editorial writer of the Dagens Nyheter

17th November
                        Sessions held at Bibliothèque Solvay (backside of the European Parliament)

                        09.30 – 11.00: Official commemoration of the victims of the 17th of November
                        - Stavros LAMBRINIDIS, Vice-President European Parliament
                        - Maros Sefcovic, EU Commissioner for Education, Training and Cultura
                        - Luigi BERLINGUER, MEP, former Minister of Education in Italy
                        - Sjur BERGAN, Council of Europe, Head of Department of Higher Education and History Teaching
                        - Liliana SIMIONESCU, Higher Education department in UNESCO

                        11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

                        11.30 – 13.00: The student movement  and the promotion of democracy, rights and participation in Europe.
                        - Tony KINSELLA, Irish Times' columnist, former student leader in Ireland
                        - Klemen MIKLAVIC, former student leader 
                        - Pier Francesco MAJORINO, founder Italian student union UDS
                        - Brian CARTY, former ESIB & OBESSU Secretary General

                                13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

                        14.30 – 18.00: Public initiative in remembrance of the students victims of the dictatorships: meeting Parc Leopold

18th  November
                        Sessions held at the Blau Put hostel, Leuven

                        09.30 – 11.00: Students facing authoritarian regimes in the XXI century: Belarus, Iran, Colombia, China.
                        - Diego MARIN, ACEU Colombia
                        - Tatsiana KHOMA, Former student leader in Belarus
                        - Iranian Student Union Representative

                        11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

                        11.30 – 13.00: The role of students' unions today in global perspective.
                        - Rabi ARYAL, ASA - Asian Students Association
                        - Abdul Karim HAKIB, AASU - All-African Students Union
                        - Sixto Efrain ZAPATA, OCLAE – Latin America & Caribbean Student Union

                        13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

                        14.30 – 16.00: Defending students’ rights: the campaign “Light of the Rights”

                        16.00 – 16.30: Coffee break

                        16.30 – 18.00: I want…NOW! Implementation of campaign strategies for ESU’s Student Rights Charter & OBESSU’s Declaration of school student rights.  

                        18.00 – 18.30: Official closing        

This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of  the Europe for Citizens programme of the  European Commission.
CONFERENCE Remembering the students victims of the totalitarian regimes and re-launching the role of student democracy
16th – 18th November 2009, BRUSSELS

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