Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1560. Exhibited at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Children's Games by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1560. Exhibited at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service

A Visionary Agenda for our Children 

The Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service at Brooklyn College was established in 1997. The center concentrates on pedagogy, research and public service to the community. Major activities of the center are participation in local, national and international research efforts on behalf of children and youth, and assistance to governmental and advocacy agencies as well as community-based organizations in their work on behalf of children and young people.

News Update:

Professor Gertrud Lenzer, the founding director of the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service has involved the center in many important activities.  Here are recent highlights of our work: 

  • Prof. Lenzer was commissioned to contribute to a forthcoming multidisciplinary, accessible handbook on global children’s rights themes, informed by a critical approach. The volume, which will be published by Routledge in 2014-2015, features distinguished scholars in the field of children’s rights.  The title of her submission is “Violence Against Children:  A Human Rights Imperative.”
  • Prof. Lenzer was invited to be a contributor to a two-volume work, The Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, published by Cambridge University Press, which will provide a contemporary survey of the field of sociology, covering the most prevalent topics in research and teaching. Her upcoming essay will be on “The Sociology of Children and Youth.”
  • Prof. Lenzer was invited to present at the “International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference,” held July 13-15, 2014 and sponsored by the Family Research Laboratory & Crimes Against Children Research Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Her presentation title was, “To End Violence Against Children:  A Human Rights Imperative in International Perspective.”
  • Prof. Lenzer was appointed to the 16-member New York State Advisory Committee (SAC) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from July 2013 - 2015. She was then elected vice chair of the committee, which assists in investigating and facilitating the transmission of reports, suggestions and recommendations from public and private organizations, and public officials to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for action. 

    She recently attended the meeting of the NYS Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Briefing on Solitary Confinement of Juveniles held on July 10, 2014.  News about the outcome of the meeting was published here.
  • Prof. Lenzer was appointed to the planning and steering committee of a symposium, “Creating a Non-Violent Future:  Children’s Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment.” The event was cosponsored by the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service and others, and was held at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children on May 23-24, 2014. 

    Prof. Lenzer delivered a keynote address titled, “Retrospect &Prospect of Children’s Rights and Violence”    She was also honored at a reception where she received a “Lifetime Legacy Achievement Award.”
  • Prof. Lenzer, by invitation, attended an international conference on “Child-Friendly Justice:  What It Means and How It Is Realized,” held May 16-18, 2014, for the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child, University of Stockholm,  Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Prof. Lenzer is a featured honoree on the front page and inside of the March/April 2014 issue of Education Update “Women Shaping History 2014.” 

 

 

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