Spring social work lecture series under way Feb. 23

Cutting-edge leaders in the fields of gerontology, child welfare and community justice are part of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s spring lecture series.

“This series represents the rich diversity of the social work profession,” said Barbara E. Levin, the series organizer and coordinator of the Alliance for Building Capacity at the School of Social Work. “Social work impacts many aspects of our lives, and these speakers are dedicated to moving society forward through research and into practice.”

The first lecture, “Child Welfare Reform and Evidence-based Child Welfare Services: What Is Their Relationship?” by Richard Barth, Ph.D., the Frank A. Daniels Professor for Human Services Policy at the University of North Carolina, is at noon Feb. 23.

All lectures will be held in Brown Hall Lounge unless otherwise noted. Other talks are listed below.

• Noon March 7: Kevin Mahoney, Ph.D., associate professor of social work at Boston College, will speak about “Consumer-Directed Care.”

• Noon March 23: Lesley Koplow, director of the Center for Creating Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College, will present “Treating Schools to Treat Children.” This lecture is co-sponsored by the University City Children’s Center and the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

• 4 p.m. April 6: Duane Champagne, Ph.D., professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss “ommunity, Justice, Power and Indigenous States.”Champagne is a faculty advisory committee member for the Native Nations Law and Policy Center.

• 11 a.m. April 19 in Graham Chapel: Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, will present “Stand Up for Children Now.” Edelman’s presentation, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Lecture in Social Policy, is co-sponsored by The Women’s Society of Washington University, University Libraries, the Assembly Series and Student Union.

• Noon April 26: Edward R. Smith, Ph.D., rehabilitation program specialist for the U.S. Department of Education, will speak about “National Childcare/Child Welfare Issues and Perspectives.” This lecture is co-sponsored by the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home.

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