21st International Solidarity Forum
This year’s International Solidarity Forum (ISF) will take place in New York City from April 9-12, 2024. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Human Dignity and Totalitarian Ideologies”. The Forum includes lectures, discussions, and UN-style negotiations to understand this critical and pressing topic.
Why Human Dignity and Totalitarian Ideologies?
Each and every generation must recommit to understanding, and defending, the dignity of the human person.
Totalitarian ideologies at their core aim to reshape ideas and truths about the human person in order to bring about their desired political and social change and reform. The end of the 20th century didn’t mean the end of totalitarian ideologies, as many people hoped. Rather, all over the world today, old and new totalitarian ideologies influence people’s values, ideals and beliefs to disruptive and damaging effect at the personal and social level.
The idea of equal rights for everyone is called into question by a growing list of “isms”. The free exchange of debate and ideas is mistaken for guilt by association. Coercion through foreign aid pressure continues to be applied globally, though under greener pseudonyms than in decades past. Fundamental truths about the human person must always be at the center of policy and culture, and yet they are increasingly veiled or entirely confused by gender and transhumanist ideologies.
The World Youth Alliance looks forward to hosting a robust and engaged conversation about these and other critical issues at this year’s International Solidarity Forum in New York City.
Eithan Haim is a 33-year-old general surgeon. In 2018 he graduated from the Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine At Florida Atlantic University and in 2023 he completed his General Surgery Residency at the Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. He was a whistleblower in a story released on May 16, 2023 where it was exposed that Texas Children’s Hospital – the largest children’s hospital in the world – was lying to the public about the existence of their transgender surgery program. In part due to the story’s release, the very next day, the Texas Legislature voted, with bipartisan support, to ban transgender medical interventions on minors.
Carlo Lancellotti is Professor of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island and a member of the graduate faculty in Physics at the City University of New York. He received his first degree (in physics) from the University of Milan, then completed an MS in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Virginia. His field of scholarship is mathematical physics, with a special emphasis on the kinetic theory of plasmas and gravitating systems. Recently he also endeavored to translate into English a collection of essays by Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce, which was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press with the title “The Crisis of Modernity.”
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Celsus Talifilu is a Solomon Islands public policy expert and consultant. He is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific Bachelor of Arts program in Economics and Marine Affairs and a Master of public policy – Policy Analysis at the Victoria University of Wellington. He held public office for 9 years in the Parliament of the Solomon Islands at the positions of secretary of parliamentary committees and national project manager. He was also secretary of the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands from 2017 to 2019 and notably the political advisor to former Premier Daniel Suidani of the Malaita Province. He is an outspoken critic of the foreign policy of the Government of the Solomon Islands, and in particular of the 2019 “switch”, when the Solomon Islands withdrew their diplomatic recognition of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Ryszard Legutko is a Polish philosopher and politician. He is a professor of philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He has translated and written commentaries to Plato’s dialogues Phaedo, Euthyphro and Apology. He is the author of several books, including The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. In 2005 he was elected to a seat in the Polish Senate (representing the Law and Justice Party), where he became Deputy Speaker. In 2007 he was Poland’s Education Minister, and in 2007-2009 Secretary of State in the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczyński. He is currently a member of the European Parliament sitting on the Foreign Affairs Committee, a head of the Polish Law and Justice Delegation to the European Parliament and a Co-chairman of the Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group.
Helen Pluckrose is a British author and cultural writer and commentator who describes herself as a liberal humanist. She has a degree in English literature from the University of East London and a master’s degree in early modern studies at Queen Mary University of London. From the age of 17 to 34, Pluckrose worked in social care mostly providing for the personal care needs of elderly people and those with physical and learning disabilities. In 2020, along with James Lindsay she published the book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody. She also founded the organization Counterweight that helps individuals and organizations experiencing problems with the imposition of “Critical Social Justice” ideas.
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