The conference was really a series of coordinated events that brought together international scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, religious leaders, attorneys, civic leaders and workers in NGOs concerned with human rights (their history, definition, protection and enforcement). We will produce a "Proceedings," collecting as many of the presentations as would be appropriate. Either as part of the "Proceedings" or in separate printed material, we anticipate assembling consensus documents that address contemporary human rights challenges.
We conference took place over the weekend of Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 through Sunday, December 4, 2011. The weekend included the following parts:
1. Conference of experts, both practitioners (attorneys, NGO leaders, public officials) and scholars, including graduate students, held at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Arlington, Virginia on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 2011;
2. Performance of Jean Claude Carriere's The Controversy of Valladolid on Saturday evening, Dec. 3;
3. A celebration of the Montesinos homily at St. Matthews Cathedral on the afternoon of Sunday Dec. 4, 2011; and
4. Development of consensus documents during small group sessions on Sunday, December 4.