November 23, 2019, New York City – Last month, World Youth Alliance North America (WYANA) held its annual Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) for 2019 at WYA’s headquarters in New York City. The ELC is one of WYA’s programs aimed at educating its members on the concept of human dignity as it relates to a given theme. The theme for this year’s ELC was on Good Governance and Human Flourishing.
WYANA Regional Director Julia Kenney launched the conference by giving an introduction of the World Youth Alliance, highlighting its mission of promoting human dignity and keeping the person at the center of governance and development. Next, Dr. Mark Shiffman of Villanova University gave a presentation on the theoretical side of governance and the need for a comprehensive understanding of human dignity to be the foundation for a just politics. Our last speaker, Mene Ukueberuwa of The Wall Street Journal presented on opposing approaches to development in paying special attention to the examples from 19th and 20th century United States. The conference was concluded by a panel discussion with all three speakers.
Following the conference, WYA held a special screening of Year Zero, the winner of the 2019 Manhattan International Film Festival. The film’s director David Siev was in attendance along with his father Chun Siev, who played the role of a Khmer Rouge captain. Both were available for a Q&A following the screening.
WYA North America is grateful for the participation of Dr. Shiffman and Mr. Ukueberuwa as well as all of the attendees. Please join us for our ELC in fall of 2020!