Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice
Understanding and defending human rights.
The Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice, established in 1999, brings to campus every year a distinguished individual who has made important contributions to understanding and defending human rights on the international stage.
Weissberg Chairs contribute new perspectives to the teaching and learning taking place on the Beloit College campus and typically spend from one week to 10 days in residence. Their residencies serve as a catalyst for conversations across campus and throughout the disciplines taught at Beloit College about the importance of preparing students to understand, promote, and defend human rights.
The Weissberg Professorship is underwritten and supported by business leader Marvin Weissberg and his daughter, Nina Weissberg’84.
Executive Director of the Undocumented Migration Project that studies the realities of clandestine migration between Latin America and the United States.
Human rights activist and environmentalist who has defended the rights of native and marginalized peoples for over two decades
Executive director of Committee to Protect Journalists and advocate of press freedom.
Social justice leader and litigator dedicated to improving the criminal justice system.
Serves as senior vice president for Global Engagement for the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and has worked for more than 35 years on behalf of refugees and immigrants.
Focused on the rights of children. In January 2016, she was named director a.i. of UNICEF’s Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Bissell has spent more than twenty-five years working in various capacities for UNICEF
Participated in the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was the lead counsel for the indigenous parties in the case of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua.
A prolific author, her most recent books include Staying Alive (2010, South End Press) and Making Peace With The Earth (2013, Pluto Press). Her many honors include the Right Livelihood Award, which recognizes and supports those “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.”
Former president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights whose areas of interest include transitional justice and political change in Latin America.
Founder and president of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, a Russian public policy and advocacy NGO.
Served as both Minister of Trade and Minister of Defense, and he served as Minister of Finance in the Iraqi Transitional Government. Has also served as a professor at Oxford University and a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Formerly a parliament member and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana, she has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical, and social science students on gender issues in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and aging and older persons.
A leading expert and researcher in the field of microfinance whose research has resulted in new financial products and microfinance programs in Africa and India.
Deputy director of Human Rights Watch and the director of Human Rights Watch Europe and Named in 2006 by Time Magazine as one of “the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.”
Seen as one of the world’s foremost human rights champions and served on the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994-2003, chaired the International Independent Inquiry Commission on Kosovo in 1999, and was the first chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia (1994-1996).
A noted academic and human rights activist from Yemen who served as professor of mass media and director of the Women’s Studies Center at the University of Sana’a.
Retired marine corps general who served as special envoy for former Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Middle East and called “one of the most respected and outspoken military leaders of the past two decades” by CBS News,
Chinese dissident intellectual, environmentalist, and investigative journalist. rained as a guided missile engineer, Dai originally worked in Chinese military intelligence before becoming an independent journalist.
Pulitzer Prize winner for international reporting and has also been a diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek and director of American University’s Crimes of War Project.
The first deputy chairman of the Belgian Senate’s Committee of Foreign Affairs and has published extensively on international humanitarian issues.
A Cuban diplomat and scholar with 40 years of experience representing the Cuban government around the world. Honored for his teaching by the Cuban Teachers and Scientific Workers’ Union.
One of five women elected to the 88-member Palestinian governing organization in 1996 and served for two years in the cabinet of President Yasser Arafat.