Students travel to Oslo for Freedom Forum

The Tufts Daily
IGL News
Oct 16
Three Tufts students — junior Jack Margolin and sophomores Orlando Economos and Caitlin Thompson — will travel to Norway from Oct. 20 to 22 for the annual Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), a gathering of human rights activists, policymakers, leaders in education and journalists. The trip is sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL).
The topic of this year’s OFF is “Defeating Dictators,” according to Margolin.
“All of the speakers have some connection to a country that is experiencing oppression, a totalitarian regime — many of which are Russian like Pussy Riot, [Mikhail] Khodorkovsky, political dissidents from China like Michael Anti who has been very outspoken against suppression of freedom of speech,” he said. “Overall the theme of this forum is about human rights and central human freedoms.”
Margolin, Economos and Thompson are also all participants in the IGL’s Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) program — which this year is focusing on Russia in the 21st century. The students will also be traveling with IGL Founding Director Sherman Teichman, according to Economos.