Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service
A Visionary Agenda for our Children
Professor Gertrud Lenzer, the founding director of the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service has involved the center in new and exciting initiatives. Here are recent highlights of our work:
- The Children’s Studies Center will be cosponsoring an upcoming symposium, “Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children’s Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment,” at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children May 23-24, 2014. Prof. Lenzer will will deliver a keynote address titled, “Retrospect &Prospect of Children’s Rights and Violence.” According to the symposium website, “this interdisciplinary forum joins in a global effort to demonstrate by way of research the destructive effects of hitting children and to develop policy measures and a multi-dimensional strategic action plan for the United States.”
- Prof. Lenzer was invited to represent the Children’s Studies Center in a public hearing sponsored by the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Judiciary, Children and Families, Education, and New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus in New York City on December 6, 2013 where she provided testimony on "Examination of Laws Governing the Age of Adult Criminal Responsibility.” See 04:04:10 for Prof. Lenzer's testimony in the full video of the proceedings: http://nystateassembly.
- Prof. Lenzer was recently appointed to the 16 member New York State Advisory Committee (SAC) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a two year period starting on July 11, 2013. This committee 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.
- Prof. Lenzer has accepted an invitation to contribute to a 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, where she will present her expertise on the topic of violence against children.
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