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Carl  Hobert

Carl Hobert

Author & Expert in International Education, Conflict Resolution & Global Literacy


Carl Hobert, a leading voice on global education equity, human rights and social justice, reveals how to harness creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination to make the world a better place. Read More >

A graduate of Middlebury College and the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy who is fluent in French and Spanish, Hobert stimulates his audiences to imagine a more secure and humane world, where equal access to water, food, K-12 education, the prevention of armed conflict – what he calls “the cancer of conflict” - and other basic human rights are the norm. With convincing examples he has experienced living on 5 continents working with youth and adults, the author of Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet lays out a compelling vision for how anyone has the power to make significant change in our world, with innovation, passion, and teamwork.

Hobert’s assertive presence on stage conveys a palpable optimism that leaves listeners uplifted and prepared to confront difficult issues at once. With insightful perspective and inspiring stories of failure and success, Hobert inspires you to join him on his campaign to develop the innovative solutions we need for a better tomorrow. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Teaching U.S. Students about the Rwandan Genocide

International Students & Global IQ

Speech Topics

Ebola & Weaponized Diseases: A Humanitarian Crisis of International Concern

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its 10th outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years in early-August, 2018, in northeastern North Kivu province. This latest outbreak has recently spread into the neighboring Ituri region of the DRC, and has killed over 700 people. It is now the second worst Ebola outbreak ever to date, the deadliest being a 2014 epidemic in West Africa which killed more than 10,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization has declared the most recent outbreak to be "a public health emergency of international concern." And this Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than the 2014 emergency. Why? Because many people in the affected region’s vulnerable communities are no longer seeking care, not trusting the Ebola responders. Poor security, owing to the presence of several armed groups in the region, has also hampered the fight to stem the spread of the disease. This is a humanitarian crisis that is a 21st century form of genocide. Why do so many around the world look the other way, as they did in the DRC's neighboring country of Rwanda in 1994, and how can the US help to stem this growing international health threat?

25 Years After Rwanda’s Genocide: Incredible Accomplishments & Continuing Challenges

Hobert has worked in Rwanda since the height of the genocide there in 1994. Along with Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health (PIH), whose focus was on medical reform, Hobert has helped the Rwandan government’s Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs to improve nursery - grade 12 education, and to create a national, youth-focused conflict resolution program. Hobert speaks with passion about the incredible differences between the Rwanda of 1994 and the country today.

China’s Growing Influence in Africa: The New Colonization

China has become increasingly powerful and prominent across Africa over the past two decades. Through President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China has loaned more than $143 billion to African countries since 2000, to build highways, dams, stadiums, airports and skyscrapers. In addition, more and more African children, from Kenya to Uganda to South Africa, are learning Chinese as part of their country’s nationwide education reforms. The Confucius Institute, a non-profit organization partially-funded by the Chinese government, works to promote Chinese language and culture in 48 centers across the African continent and Mandarin, many African Education Ministries feel, will provide these students with better university education and future job prospects, in both China and Africa. Is this growing influence in Africa a new form of colonization, as China wields its economic and educational influence across the African continent, in order to create hundreds of new Chinese ports, and to extract billions of dollars in minerals each year?

Past, Present & Future Genocides: The Perils of Indifference

In the past 150 years, tens of millions of innocent men, women and children have lost their lives in genocides or mass atrocities. From Armenia to the Holocaust, from Cambodia to Bosnia, and from Rwanda to Darfur, millions have been tortured, raped, killed or forced from their homes. Is Syria next? These past genocides and mass atrocities represent just some of the historic examples that serve to remind us what is at stake if we let genocide happen again. We must fulfill the promise the world made following the Holocaust: "Never again!" by remembering these atrocities, learning from them - and taking action to prevent genocide once and for all.