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 Updates:

  • In an article titled, "Keepin' It Plural: Children's Studies in the Academy," by Karen S. Coates (pdf), the author examines the differences between the terms Childhood Studies and Children's Studies. She cites Gertrud Lenzer's introduction to the special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn and states why she thinks that "children's studies" is the more inclusive term.
  • Professor Lenzer's review article, "The Vicissitudes of Children’s Rights" has been published in the International Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 23.1 (2015), 243–51. It is a review of Children's Rights from Below, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Studies in Childhood and Youth Series, by Manfred Liebel, with additional chapters by Karl Hanson, Iven Saadi and Wouter Vandenhole.
  • Professor Lenzer is the author of a chapter published in the Routledge International Handbook of Children's Rights Studies entitled, "Violence Against Children." The multidisciplinary handbook is written by distinguished scholars and researchers who provide contemporary, local and global perspectives, informed by a critical approach, on the research landscape in the field of children's rights. It is currently available for pre-order on the Routledge website
  • Children's Studies adjunct professor, Charisa Kiyô Smith is featured in the just released Fall/Winter 2015 issue of the Brooklyn College Magazine. The issue is entitled "Women Who Shape the World." She is quoted on pages 12–13 with a photo, and quoted again on page 18.
  • Professor Lenzer was acknowledged on page four of a 2014 report titled The State of Asian American Children, published by the Asian American Federation, for her contribution as a member of the advisory panel that helped shape the initial vision of the report. 
  • Professor 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."
  • Professor 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, N.H. Her presentation was titled, "To End Violence Against Children: A Human Rights Imperative in International Perspective."
  • Professor Lenzer was appointed to the 16-member New York Advisory Committee (SAC) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 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 attended the meeting of the New York State 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.


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