Celebrating the Weissberg Chair in International Studies, Beloit College (WI)

Last week I had the great opportunity to travel to Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, to take part in events in celebration of the Weissberg Chair in International Studies, held this year by Professor James Anaya, former UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Regents’ and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona.

The events started off on April 10, with a great panel discussion on Indigenous Identity and Law, featuring Bonita Lawrence (York University), Lisa Brunner (National Indigenous Women’s Resource Centre), and Jeff Corntassel (University of Victoria). Following the panel, Professor Anaya gave a keynote presentation on the role of Indigenous Rights in the 21st Century.

Day Two (April 11) I had the privilege of sitting on a panel with Stan Stevens (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Juanita Cabrera Lopez (International Mayan League), and Al Gedicks (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), with James Anaya as the Respondent.

Thanks to all the great folks at Beloit College for making this event possibly, especially Beth Dougherty, Betsy Brewer, and Joshua Moore (who also took the pictures below).

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