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Beloit welcomes 2013 Weissberg Chair Diego García-Sayán

April 8, 2013

A poster session and reception Monday afternoon kicked off a series of events this week centered around human rights, including a keynote address by the 2013 Weissberg Chair Diego García-Sayán: “Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice and Rule of Law,” Friday at 8 p.m. in Eaton Chapel.


García-Sayán has served as a Justice on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights since 2004; in 2008 he was elected Vice President of the Court, and he became its president in 2010. Cases the court has reviewed have focused, among other things, on the rights of women, minorities, and indigenous groups.

The Weissberg Program is one of the distinctive Beloit residencies, and the Weissberg professorship is  underwritten and supported by businessman Marvin Weissberg and his daughter Nina Weissberg’84.

Upcoming Weissberg events:

Wednesday (April 10):

7 p.m. - Film screening: The Lion's Den, Richardson Auditorium.

Friday (April 12):

4 p.m. - Panel discussion,  "Transitional Justice and Rule of Law in Latin America," in Porter-Brown Auditorium, Science Center 150, featuring:

  • "The Fujimori Trial," Jo-Marie Burt, Political Science, George Mason University, and Director, Latin American Studies.
  • "Inter-American Transitional Justice and the ICC," Alexandra Huneeus, University of Wisconsin Law School.
  • "Seeking Justice for the War in El Salvador: Human Rights and War Crime Trials in the United States," Terry Lynn Karl, Political Science and Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University.

8 p.m. – Keynote address, "Current Challenges to Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America," lecture by Justice Diego García-Sayán, in Eaton Chapel

Saturday (April 13):

10:30 a.m. - Panel discussion, "Transition to Democracy and Peace: Remembering and Recovering the Past," in Porter-Brown Auditorium, Science Center 150