A Springville-Griffith Middle School teacher will be part of an online “Google Hangout” discussion about the Syrian conflict this afternoon with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

Andrew Beiter, an eighth-grade social studies teacher and director of youth education for the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, will join New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Lara Setrakian, a journalist and founder of the Syria Deeply news website in interviewing Kerry from 2 to 2:30 p.m. live on YouTube.

Beiter is the director of the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, which brings middle school and high school students together for two weeks each summer of in-depth human rights studies.

In 2012, the institute launched, a worldwide social media campaign aimed at drawing attention to the bloody conflict in Syria.

Beiter will serve as education liason during the discussion.

Anyone can participate in the conversation by submitting questions on Kristof’s Google+ page, or tweeting questions to @NickKristof and @Lara using the hashtag #TalkSyria.

The Hangout can be found at