GWB lecture series addresses pressing social issues

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s spring lecture series addresses a broad spectrum of issues from violence to ethics in social work practice.

The series kicked off Jan. 22 with a lecture by David O. Renz on “Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness: Practical Implications of Research on an Elusive Concept.” Renz is the Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair on Nonprofit Leadership and director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

All lectures will be held at 1:10 p.m. in Brown Hall. Other talks are listed below.

• Feb. 12: Lorraine Gutierrez, Ph.D., professor of psychology and family director of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at the University of Michigan, will speak on “Multicultural Community-Based Practice: Strategies and Challenges.”

• March 4: Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., professor of social work at Rhode Island College, will address “Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice and Education: Essential Knowledge for the Profession.”

• April 1: Larry EchoHawk, J.D., professor of law at Brigham Young University, will address “Breaking the Cycle of Violence for Future Generations.” This lecture is co-sponsored by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies.

• April 29: Nobel Memorial Prize-winner Douglass C. North, Ph.D., the Spencer T. Olin Professor in Arts & Sciences, will talk on “Understanding Social and Economic Change.”

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call Barbara Levin at 935-6661.

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