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Susan Bissell, Weissberg Chair in International Studies 2015-16

The Rights of the Child

Spring semester 2016

Susan BissellSusan Bissell's career has focused on the rights of children.  Having spent over twenty-five years working in various capacities for UNICEF, in January 2016 she was named director a.i. of UNICEF's Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.  The primary purpose of the partnership is to "end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children."  From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Bissell served as Chief of Child Protection in UNICEF's Programme Division.   Author of a number of research studies, she has worked in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Italy, and New York City, and earned a PhD in public health and medical anthropology from the University of Melbourne in Australia.  While completing her doctorate, she joined Trudie Styler and the Bangladeshi film team Catherine and Tareque Masud to produce the documentary "A Kind of Childhood," which has won awards and been screened widely.  She holds a master's degree in law, economics, and international relations from the University of Toronto.

On behalf of her UNICEF Child Protection colleagues, Susan Bissell has accepted awards including an honorary professorship at Barnard College/Columbia University, the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship award from Tufts University, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Bissell's residency at Beloit College will take place from March 27 to April 2.

Public Events during Susan Bissell's residency:

Monday, March 28.  4:00-5:30 p.m. Richardson Auditorium. Panel Discussion.  Child Trafficking

  • Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children,Loyola University Chicago
  • Susan Bissell, 2016 Weissberg Chair

Wednesday, March 30.  8:00 p.m. Eaton Chapel. Keynote Talk by Susan Bissell. The Rights of the Child

Friday, April 1: 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Panel Discussion.  Richardson Auditorium. The Rights of Children: Perspectives from Beloit College faculty members.

  • Bill New, Education.  Roma Children:  Language Rights and Educational Access
  • Beth Dougherty, International Relations.  Child Soldiers
  • Shatanjaya Dasgupta, Economics.  Gender Preference, Domestic Violence, and Child Well-being
  • Suzanne Cox, Psychology.  The Experiences of Adolescent Motherhood in Beloit: A Call for Support

7:30 p.m. Film screening. Richardson AuditoriumA Kind of Childhood

Saturday, April 2:  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Moore Lounge. Forum.  At Risk Children and Youth: Challenges and Opportunities in Rock County

  • Alan Bates, Judge, Juvenile Division, Rock County Circuit Court
  • Tammie King, Prevention Manager, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Community Services
  • Emily Pelz, Executive Director, Special Education, School District of Beloit
  • John Pfleiderer, Executive Director, Family Services of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois
  • Robin Stuht, Homeless Coordinator, School District of Beloit
  • Carol Mishler, Executive Director, Head Start and Early Head Start