CNISS fall lecture series kicks off Sept. 21

Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for New Institutional Social Science (CNISS) Fall 2011 Seminar Series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a lecture by noted social policy expert John Gal.


Gal, PhD, is dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will present “Immigration and the Categorical Welfare State in Israel” at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 in Seigle Hall, Room 301.

Stephen Legomsky, JD, DPhil, the John S. Lehmann University Professor at WUSTL’s School of Law, will serve as moderator.

Gal’s fields of interest include social policy in Israel and in a comparative perspective and policy-practice in social work. Gal has published extensively in academic journals and has been highly involved in social policy formulation in Israel.

Recent books include a study on income maintenance in Israel, a study of the history of unemployment policy in Israel, an edited volume on access to social justice and Professional Ideologies and Preferences in Social Work: A Global Study.

The lecture is co-sponsored by CNISS, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital at the School of Law and the Center for Social Development at the Brown School.

All remaining lectures will take place at noon in the Weidenbaum Center, Seigle Hall, Room 170. The schedule:

Monday, Oct. 3, Gina Yannitell Reinhardt, PhD, “Disaster Surveys and Their Validity: Comparing Discrete Distributions”

Yannitell Reinhardt is assistant professor of public service and administration and of public and international affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

She specializes in political economy, decision-making under uncertainty and applied game theory. Much of her substantive research focuses on economic and social development, particularly foreign aid allocation, trust and the implications of disasters.

Monday, Oct. 17, Kenneth W. Stein, PhD, “American Foreign Policy in an Era of Changing Middle Eastern Landscapes”

Stein, professor of contemporary middle eastern history and Israel studies at Emory University, has taught Middle Eastern history and political science there since 1977. He writes and lectures on the development of modern Israel, American foreign policy toward the Middle East, origins and development of the Arab-Israel conflict and modern Arab politics and history.

Monday, Nov. 21, Jonathan Fenderson, PhD, “Black ‘Arts’ Metropolis: Chicago and OBAC as the Epicenter of the Black Aesthetic”

Fenderson is the 2011-12 postdoctoral fellow in African & African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL and a predoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African & African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Program in African & African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences.

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