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Insight into careers in human rights: Weissberg Fall Forum coming to campus

September 4, 2012


Three on-campus events slated for the upcoming week will give students, faculty, and staff some insight into the field of human rights work, provided by alumni working in the field.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.
Workshop: Social Entrepreneurship and Human Rights in the Corporate Sector
, with Samir Goswami'98, consultant and former director of corporate responsibility for LexisNexis. Workshop is full, but email to join the waiting list.

Monday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
Career Panel on Human Rights
: These panels, held each year, help current students anticipate the kinds of courses and experiential activities they will want to pursue in order to prepare for careers related to human rights and to identify post-graduation activities. Click here to add this event to your Google calendar.

Location: Porter-Brown Auditorium, Science Center Room 150.

Monday, Sept. 10, 8 p.m.:
"Humanitarian Response: Human Rights Meet Reality" lecture:
In providing relief to populations affected by natural disasters and political crises, how must aid agencies navigate between human rights mandates and the reality on the ground? Adam Koons'76, (pictured below) director of relief and humanitarian assistance for International Relief and Development, will speak from 26 years of experience in addressing this question. Click here to add this lecture to your Google Calendar.

Location: Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall

Adam Koons 

According to Betsy Brewer,  director of the office of international education, in addition to allowing the campus community to gain insight into careers in human rights, the Weissberg Fall Forum alumni panel serves as a highly informative primer on how to navigate a Beloit College education in order to prepare for life and work beyond college. 

“Alumni panelists routinely talk about the merits of stretching themselves by taking classes outside of their comfort zones, interning, studying abroad, volunteering, making connections with people from a wide range of backgrounds—in short, embracing the liberal arts and learning how to practice them,” Brewer says.

In turn, the annual Weissberg Lecture that follows the alumni panel offers perspectives from professionals with greater experience. 

“We are particularly delighted that this year's lecturer, Adam Koons'76 is both someone with a compelling narrative about responding to humanitarian crises and a Beloit alumnus. We're delighted to welcome him home and to learn from his experiences,” Brewer adds.