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.
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.” More about Vandana Shiva
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. More about Ali Allawi
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. More about Sheila Dinotshe Tlou
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). More about Richard J. Goldstone