Children’s Rights with Professor Elizabeth Matthews

May 11, 6:30 pm, Room 7-49

This lecture will present an overview of the elements of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as an exploration of the right of the child to participate in society. We will discuss the role of “child citizen” within developmental and social frameworks. The concept of the child as both vulnerable and in need of protection as well as capable of participation in society will be examined as well as the issues of rights, maturity and responsibility. We will also consider the various institutions of childhood and how these influence and shape children’s rights and participation in society.

Prof Elizabeth Matthews is an Assistant Professor at City College in the Division of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SPS-CUNY in the Psychology program and at City College’s School of Education in the Early Childhood Education graduate program. Her scholarly interests center on several areas including early childhood development, effects of extreme prematurity on children’s development and the role of environment in shaping behavior.



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Invitation to the 22nd Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi in Rwanda

The community of Genocide Survivors and members of the Rwandese diaspora community in NY, NJ, and CT cordially invite you to join us for the 22nd Commemoration of The 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3:00-5:00PM at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280.

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Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives…

“Housing First points the way for a new, ground-up approach to alleviating poverty and other forms of disadvantage, with insights that appeal to disruptors, progressives, idealists, pragmatists, and even compassionate conservatives. As communities struggle with a resurgence in homelessness, they can look to this book for guidance.” – Dennis P. Culhane, the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.




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Social Welfare in Brazil & the US: A Human Rights Perspective

March 9th, 2016 / 6:30PM / CWE Auditorium

Systems of social welfare have developed differently in the Americas, and despite and because of rapid economic development in Mexico and Brazil, their notions of entitlements and government responsibilities play out in ways that significantly differ from the United States.  In comparison to the US, Brazil’s entitlement system gives evidence supporting stronger economic human rights policy.  In the US, most public assistance (for TANF, housing, school lunches, healthcare) is means-tested and stigmatized.  In Brazil, conditional cash transfers (Bolsa Familia), social security, and the informal economy positively affects aspects of social relations between classes, educational achievement, health, and even architecture.  

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Dr. Lutz’s career spans several decades teaching and conducting social and health research.  Her current research work with NYC Community Boards has produced representative surveys of Central Brooklyn, West Harlem, downtown Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn from DUMBO to Fort Greene, and now (2016) the area from Park Slope to Red Hook. She coordinates the Social Welfare concentration at the Division of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the Center for Worker Education.