Telling HIstory Platform Team

 Elana Haviv

Haviv is an education and human rights specialist designing and delivering innovative, multi-disciplinary educational training and training of trainer (ToT) curricula.  Through her flagship organization, Generation Human Rights, Inc. (formerly the Children’s Movement for Creative Education), Haviv created The Telling History Project; Understanding the Past to Create the Future. The THP curriculum guides students to understand universal human rights through the lens of recent and current world events and includes the topics of: Human Rights in a Global Context, Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, Truth and Reconciliation, and Water as a Human Right. Each Telling History Project unit includes lesson plans, classroom photography exhibits, and videos.

Haviv established and managed the Bosnia branch of Generation Human Rights (GenHR) where she directed the implementation of a comprehensive reconciliation curriculum that spanned to five cities. Initially the programs were in ethnically segregated classrooms until GenHR was able to form ethnically mixed classrooms outside of the existing schools. The Bosnia programs received international recognition for the youth participants’ work which included an international exhibit, Aftershocks; Art and Memoirs Growing up in the Aftermath, that opened at the United Nations and a Youth Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina which was discussed in the European Parliament and the White House.

 Haviv has consulted and developed curriculum domestically for the New York Department of Education public schools, private schools, and the 9/11 Trauma Relief Program. She has written background papers for the United Nations along with curriculum that has been used by classrooms in the United States and abroad. She has received fellowships in oral history at Columbia University and textbook development at the Georg Eckert Institute of International Textbook Research in Germany. Haviv is directing the project and coordinating all team members and their work. Haviv is also the main curriculum writer for the project.

Ron Haviv

Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-­winning photojournalist and co-­founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.  

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-­‐five conflicts in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv's photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President H.W. George Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

Haviv is creating all the multimedia materials which include classroom videos as well as classroom exhibits for the project.

John Heffernan

Herffernan is the Director of RFK Speak Truth To Power, the human rights education arm of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Mr. Heffernan has over twenty five years of experience in development, human rights, humanitarian relief, and post-conflict reconstruction projects in the United States, Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Before coming to RFK Human Rights, Heffernan was the Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum where he supervised advocacy efforts aimed at responding to genocide today which included, the opening of a major Museum exhibit, From Memory to Action, the development and implementation of the Museum’s Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative in partnership with Google Earth, Crisis in Darfur and World is Witness and the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. 

He provides oversight to all aspects of the Speak Truth To Power Program and on the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis Curriculum is overseeing the overall development of the curriculum, its dissemination and use as an advocacy tool.   

Karen Robinson

Robninson is the Senior Manager for Education and Training at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. She has over 25 years of experience in human rights education, community and youth development, and has served as the Chair of the International Human Rights Education Coordinating Committee for Amnesty International. Ms. Robinson's role in the European Refugee and Migrant Crisis Curriculum is overseeing the curriculum development and training components.  

Cecile Lipworth

Lipworth is the founder of Ripple, an agency dedicated to producing creative events that highlight the ripple effect we have on one another, our communities and the world. At the heart of the innovative gatherings, conversations and productions that Ripple engages in, is the catalyzing swell of art and activism.  Ms. Lipworth brings over 20 years experience in marketing, event production and strategic collaborations to her work.  For the past 14 years, she worked to build V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls into a grassroots leadership model based in art and activism.  As Managing Director for eight of those years, she oversaw internal administrative systems, scholarships and awards programming, fundraising, marketing, campaign creation and development and management of a team of over 40 international coordinators for the most recent campaign, One Billion Rising.  Ms. Lipworth’s leadership in producing major V-Day events from global campaigns, festivals and speaking tours to large-scale arena events and theatrical touring productions expanded V-Day’s resource of art to both educate and inspire action.  Cecile’s global perspective, broad administrative skill set, and proven ability as a thought-partner is an asset to consulting on European Refugee and Migrant Crisis Curriculum.