Creating a Non-Violent Future

Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment

On May 23 & 24, 2014, the CHRC hosted a two-day symposium at Loyola University Chicago's Information Commons.  The symposium was titled, "Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment."
The interdisciplinary forum demonstrated by way of research the destructive effects of hitting children and worked to develop policy measures and a multi-dimensional strategic action plan for the United States.  The symposium engaged nearly 100 advocates, educators, scholars, students, faith/community based organizations, service providers, health care providers and policy makers in the movement to end corporal punishment both here at home and abroad. 


To View Special Address from Marta Santos Pais, click here:
Marta Santos Pais Address

View the live presentations here

See Speaker PowerPoint Presentations:
Gershoff Presentation

M. Fujara Presentation

Lombardo & Polonko Presentation


Distinguished guests and speakers included:
Marjorie Fujara, M.D. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Chicago
James Garbarino, Ph.D. Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology, Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago
Gertrud Lenzer, Dr. phil. Professor and Director at Children's Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
Christian Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Director of Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, Hannover, Germany
Susan Bitensky, J.D. Alan S. Zekelman Professor of International Human Rights Law, Director of Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and ChildrenMichigan State University
Joan Durrant, Ph.D. Professor at the Department of Family Social Sciences, Adjunct Professor at Arthur V. Mauro Center for Peace and Justice, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

George Holden, Ph.D. Professor and Undergraduate Director at Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences, Southern Methodist University
Asadah Kirkland Author of Beating Black Kids, New York
Samuel Martin New Foundation for Biblical Research, Jerusalem, Israel
Marie Masterson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at Dominican University, Chicago
Seth Scholer, M.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville
Catherine Taylor, Ph.D. Associate Professor at the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans
Eric Weber, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Policy Leadership, University of Mississippi, Oxford


In addition to the speakers, there was a special welcome from Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children.  The address was read by Gertrud Lenzer. 



A special thank you to our steering committee who put in many hours preparing for the event:

Ellen Chiocca, MSN, CPNP Clinical Assistant Professor DePaul University, Chicago
Eric Sanchez Gomez Student Loyola University Chicago
Madeleine Y. Gomez, Ph.D. Founder PsycHealth Ltd., Chicago
George W. Holden, Ph.D. Chair, Professor and Undergraduate Director Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Katherine Kaufka Walts, J.D. Director, Center for the Human Rights of Children Loyola University Chicago
Gertrud Lenzer, Dr. phil

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

Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
Marie Masterson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Dominican University, Chicago


This event was sponsored by Loyola University Chicago's Center for the Human Rights of Children, Family Health Network, Community Care Alliance and Hartgrove Hospital, PsycHealth Ltd., Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Children's Studies Center at Brooklyn College CUNY, Southern Methodist University, Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine and Biomedical Graduate Degree Programs, & Loyola University Chicago's School of Education.