Arlene Kanter to Address Disability Rights at Feb. 27 Diversity Lecture

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Professor Arlene Kanter from Syracuse University's College of Law will present the President's Diversity Lecture at SUNY Geneseo Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Newton Hall 203. She will address "From Charity to Human Rights for People with Disabilities" with an emphasis on disability rights under international law and its global development. The event is free and open to the public.

"With the failure of the U. S. Congress to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this past December, it is even more important to keep disability at the forefront of our discussions about diversity and human rights," said Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, assistant dean for disability services at SUNY Geneseo. "I am excited and proud that Geneseo has recognized this by inviting Professor Kanter to our campus to speak at this annual event."

Kanter is the Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor of Law and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence. She also is director of the Disability Law and Policy Program and Co-Director of the Center of Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies.

Kanter publishes and lectures extensively on United States, comparative, and international disability law. She is the co-author of the first law casebook on international and comparative disability law and has published numerous articles and book chapters on disability law.

In 2010-11, Kanter was named the Distinguished Switzer Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education's National Disability Rehabilitation Research Institute. She was a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10. She received her bachelor's degree from Trinity College, her juris doctorate at New York University and a master of laws degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

The President's Diversity Lecture Series first started in 2004 brings distinguished professionals to work closely with students, faculty and staff on issues related to diversity and deliver major public lectures concerning diversity and society.

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