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Press Release - Human Rights Conference to be held This Weekend

Contact: Kim Jondahl

Human Rights Conference to be held This Weekend

BISMARCK – Registration will close on Friday, April 17, for the “TALK 2015: Human Rights Challenges and Solutions” being held on Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center. TALK 2015 will feature four experts involved with current human rights issues. Bismarck native Shannon Galpin, global humanitarian, activist, author, speaker, and founder of Mountain2Mountain, will serve as keynote. TALK 2015 is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, United Tribes Technical College, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. The $20 registration fee includes lunch.

US Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be the luncheon speaker, presenting on combating human trafficking at the state and national levels. North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis will present a conversation about race, and Tim Purdon, former US Attorney, will be addressing human trafficking challenges in North Dakota.

Named a National Geographic Adventurer in 2013, Shannon Galpin founded the non-profit Mountain2Mountain and the activist organization, Combat Apathy, to fight for women’s and girls’ rights around the world. She creates projects and programs that empower voices in conflict zones and inspire others to become involved. An avid mountain biker continually focused on breaking gender barriers, she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. Galpin contributes to the Huffington Post and Matador Network. Her work has been featured on “Dateline NBC,” The New York Times, “NBC Nightly News,” ESPN, National Geographic Adventure, and in Outside Magazine. She filmed a TEDx talk in 2012. Galpin is also a subject of the award-winning documentary film series, “MoveShake.” She published a memoir in 2014, “Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan.” She is also the producer of a documentary about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team, “Afghan Cycles.”

Online registration is required in advance. Register and find more at or call 701.328.2666.

  • Please contact Kim Jondahl at 701.328.1476 to schedule a media interview with any of the speakers.

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