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About the Weissberg Programs in Human Rights

Established in 1999 by Beloit parent Marvin Weissberg, the Weissberg Program in Human Rights prepares Beloit College students to engage critically with human rights as well as promote and defend them responsibly. To do so it draws on a network of alumni and experts to support academic and experiential learning opportunities on the Beloit College campus and beyond.

From the beginning of the program, a leading figure in human rights on the world stage has come to Beloit College for a seven to ten-day residency as Weissberg Chair.  This individual delivers a major public address, participates in a scholarly panel lectures in classes, and interacts with students and faculty in a variety of formal and informal settings.

Other components of the Weissberg Program are:

  • a grants program allowing students to gain hands-on experience with human rights during winter and summer breaks
  • scholarships helping support students with a demonstrated interest and commitment to understanding and advancing human rights
  • a fellows program providing bridge funding to recent graduates to enable them to pursue the next steps toward further studies and careers related to human rights
  • career exploration, such as job shadowing  
  • a fall forum held each semester and consisting of an alumni career panel and keynote lecture and alumni career panel
  • and opportunities for faculty to incorporate human rights into their teaching, advising, and scholarship

Marvin Weissberg is a retired real estate developer and former member of the Board of Directors for the National Democratic Institute, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s International Counsel, the World Affairs Counsel, the InterAmerican Dialogue, and the Roosevelt Institute, among other international organizations. He is also active on the boards of several theaters in Washington. He received an honorary degree from Beloit College in 2005. 

Nina Weissberg'84 is President of the Weissberg Corporation and a member of the Beloit College Board of Trustees.  Along with her father and the Weissberg Foundation, she is making it possible for new cohorts of Beloit College students to become involved in the Weissberg Program in Human Rights.

Weissberg Group

Left to right: Jan Egeland, Weissberg Chair 2007-08, Prof. Beth Dougherty,
International Relations, Nina Weissberg'84, Marvin Weissberg.