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We affirm that the family is a school of deeper humanity; within which each member learns best what it means to be a human person. There, each member of the human family, from conception to natural death, experiences the gift of unconditional, enduring love. Thus each human person is carefully taught by the family to be responsible, to commit, to share, and to love.

~ WYA Declaration on the Family

About the Emerging Leaders Conference

The ELC is an annual weekend long conference, which brings together our top young leaders from across Canada and the United States. The purpose of the ELC is to provide a forum for young people to vigorously engage, discuss, and debate the pressing issues of today, in light of the mission and vision of WYA.  REGISTER HERE FOR THE CONFERENCE.   

ELC 2014: Mad Men and the Modern Family


This year, WYA North America will partner with International Arts Forum to present our three-day conference:

Mad Men, Modern Family: Examining the Role of Men in Social Development

As we look around the world today, we are bombarded with views of cool, suave, sexy, disinterested, men, mistaking the pursuit of pleasure for the pursuit of happiness. But what does this mean for the future of men and the family?

This year’s ELC seeks to provide an alternative to contemporary myths of masculinity.  Arts professionals will be joined by scholars in sociology and religious studies to reflect on building authentic human relationships that mitigate loneliness and isolation, thus contributing to stronger families and communities. By equipping young people with the knowledge they need to critically evaluate contemporary cultural norms, it is our hope that this year's ELC will serve to affirm the role of men, the important role that men play in the context of the family, and the value of the family to the flourishing of society. We hope you will join us!

Schedule
Friday, November 7

4pm

Registration and Welcome Meal* for Conference Participants

4:30pm

Opening Remarks by Clare Halpine, Director of WYA North America

5pm

"Strong and Stable: What Does Marriage Have to Do With Children's Social, Emotional, and Physical Health around the Globe?"
Lecture by W. Bradford Wilcox

7-9pm

WYA Chamber Orchestra performs at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on
1 E 42nd St, NY NY 10017

9pm

Conference Participants invited to join WYA staff for drinks in Manhattan

Saturday, November 8

9am

Coffee/Tea, Light Breakfast*

9:30am

Welcome Remarks by Anna Halpine, WYA Founder

10:30am

Break

11am

"A Revolutionary History of Men"
Lecture by Dr. Paul Nathanson & Katherine Young

1pm

Lunch Break

2:30pm

"The Disappearance of Women: Media, Technology, and the Obsolescence of Gender"
Lecture by Read Mercer Schuchardt

4-6pm

Break

Saturday Evening Cocktail and Panel Discussion

6pm

Evening Cocktail Celebration* (Cocktail Attire Requested)

7pm

"Man Men, Modern Family: Examining the Role of Men in Social Development"
Panel Discussion featuring Wayne Adams, Paul Nathanson, and Katherine Young | Moderated by Juliana Reno

Sunday, November 9

9:30am

Coffee and Bagels*

10am

Presentations by ELC Artists

11am

"How to get involved with WYA?" by Clare Halpine

12noon

Concluding Lunch for Conference Participants*

* = meal is provided

Speakers

Dr. Bradford Wilcox

Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. Previously, he has served as a fellow at Princeton University and Yale University. His work on marriage, child well-being, fatherhood, and cohabitation is regularly featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, and other media outlets. Professor Wilcox blogs at www.family-studies.org. Follow at @WilcoxNMP

Dr. Katherine Young

Dr. Katherine Young is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. She published in three fields: Hinduism, Ethics and Gender. Using her historical and comparative training, she provides background for some of the difficult problems of our time including marriage, reproductive technologies, euthanasia, violence, and academic freedom. On the topic of gender she has edited or contributed to sixteen books on women and with Paul Nathanson, she has co-authored three books on men focused on the problems of misandry (Spreading Misandry, Legalizing Misandy, and Sanctifying Misandy) with a fourth (Replacing Misandry) forthcoming his year and a fifth (Transcending Misandry) next year.

Dr. Paul Nathanson

Dr. Paul Nathanson (BA, Bth, MA, MLS, PhD) is a researcher at McGill University’s Faculty of Religious Studies. He began his academic career by writing about the ambiguous relation between religion and secularity, especially on secular myths and secular parables. More recently, he and his colleague at McGill, Dr. Katherine Young, have written about secular religions: political ideologies on both the left and the right that function as (fundamentalist) religions. Dr Nathanson has authored articles such as “I Feel, Therefore I Am: The Princess of Passion and the Implicit Religion of Our Time” and  several books on attitudes toward men in ideological feminism. So far, McGill-Queen’s University Press has published the first three volumes in a series of five on misandry: Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture (2001); Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination against Men (2006); and Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man (2010).

Wayne Adams

Wayne Adams is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his B.F.A. from Calvin College and M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.  Adams has exhibited throughout the Midwest, New York and Vienna, Austria.  Recent shows include, “Wayne Adams is Speaking in Tongues: A show of objects and images organized by the unrelenting voice of interpretation” Barrington Center for the Arts, Wenham, MA (2014), “Works Off Canvas” Denny Gallery, NY (2013),“Control Alt Delete” HKJB, Brooklyn, NY (2011), “Adams | Miracle” STOREFRONT Gallery, Brooklyn, NY(2010).  Wayne has written numerous articles for publications such as: SEEN (the journal of Christians in the Visual Arts), Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, Site95, and Comment Magazine.  Adams is currently serving as president of the board of Christians in the Visual Arts.

Panel Moderator: Juliana Reno

Ms. Reno is an attorney in private practice with Kutak Rock LLP.  Ms. Reno is a member of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group, and she leads the group’s health and welfare division.  Currently, she spends much of her time advising employers concerning the Affordable Care Act. She regularly assists clients with issues involving ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the mental health parity rules and the regulation of cafeteria plans.  She also has experience with retirement plans and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.  A recovering litigator, Ms. Reno is no longer in the courtroom regularly, but continues to provide counsel on a wide range of benefits-related litigation.  Ms. Reno received her BA in Religious Studies from Yale University, and received her JD from Creighton Law School.

Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt

Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College, where he was awarded the 2011-12 Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.  He is the editor of You Do Not Talk About Fight Club, founder of the film interpretation site Metaphilm, and Editorial Chair of Second Nature Journal. He is co-author of Understanding Jacques Ellul. He earned his B.A. in English at Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Media Ecology under the late Neil Postman at New York University. He travelled to 23 countries in 2013, speaking and teaching, and taught three courses for the University of Virginia for the 50th anniversary voyage of the Semester At Sea program. He and his wife Rachel have nine children.

FAQ

What is the World Youth Alliance?
The World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations.

Where will the Emerging Leaders Conference be held?
The ELC is going to be held at the WYA Headquarters on 228 East 71st St, NY NY 10021. 

Who can participate in this event?
Active North American members and friends, university students, high school students, and young professionals from the US and Canada are all invited to attend.  

How do I become a WYA Member?
WYA Members are young people between the ages of 10 and 30 who sign the WYA Charter.

How do I become a Track A Trained Member?
The Track A Training is the program that trains our members in the core principles that inform the mission of WYA. It discusses key concepts related to Human Dignity including freedom, solidarity, and culture, among many others. A member is considered Track A trained once he/she has submitted answers to all seven chapters of the Track A Training manual.

Members can enroll in the program for free. For more information, visit our Track A training page.

Will the World Youth Alliance provide accommodations for participants?
The World Youth Alliance will not be providing accommodations for participants. However, to address accommodation concerns of our participants, we have compiled a list of hotels and hostels in close proximity to the WYA office. You may download the list here.

What is the attire for the ELC?
Participants are expected to attend all ELC scheduled events in business casual attire, or cocktail attire for the evening of November 8th.

How do I get around New York City?
Also referred to as “The Big Apple,” New York City is one of the prime financial, gastronomic, and cultural capitals of the world. Home to a population of approximately 8 million people, New York City is the most populous city in the United States, and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The headquarters of the United Nations is also located in the city. This location has served as the UN’s official headquarters since 1952.

By air
If you are planning to travel by air, you may choose to land in any three of these airports: La Guardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark International Airport.

By land
There are many ways to travel around the city. You may take a bus, the subway, a cab or walk to get from one place to another. It is the personal responsibility of each participant to observe safety and security at all times.

How to go to the WYA house from the airport?

  • JFK Airport
    • Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be $45 +$5 for the toll + tip (usually from 10% to 20% of the price)
    • • Train: Take the Airtrain in direction of and to Jamaica station. There, you will be able to take the E train Uptown until 51st and Lexington and change for the 6 train Uptown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.
  • Newark Airport
    • Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be between $50 and $70 +$5 for the toll + tip (usually from 10% to 20% of the price)
    • Train: Take the Airtrain in direction of and to Newark Liberty station. There, you will be able to buy a ticket for NY Penn Station (approx $15 for NJ Transit company). Once you are at NY Penn Station you can take the E train Uptown until 51st and Lexington and change for the 6 train Uptown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.
  • La Guardia Airport
    • Taxi: They are available from every terminal. Always take the yellow cabs (they are the only official taxis in NYC). The price will be between $15 and $30.
    • Bus and Metro: Take the M60 bus to 125th street. It will allow you to connect to the 6 train Downtown until 68th Hunter College. Walk three blocks north along Lexington Avenue to 71st Street. Turn right and walk east one and a half blocks. The World Youth Alliance is located on the right-hand side of the street number 228, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. 

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