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May 31, 2005

Smith College School for Social Work Announces 2005 Lecture Series

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Mary F. Hall, a professor in the Smith College School for Social Work, will open the school’s 2005 summer lecture series with a talk on “The Legacy of Slavery: Implications for Clinical Practice.”

Her lecture, which will take place on Monday, June 6, will be the first of seven summer lectures that address a range of issues pertinent to social work and society. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Leo Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

Hall’s lecture will explore the emerging debate on a possible replacement of race by class as the defining dynamic of oppression. As America’s history of slavery recedes from mainstream consciousness, its impact on modern attitudes about racism have diminished. “This in turn has called into question the utility of revisiting the period of slavery to establish historical accuracy,” writes Hall. She will also address implications of the legacy of slavery on clinical practice.

The series will continue on Monday, June 13, with a joint lecture by John H. Bracey, Jr., professor at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Jules Chametzky, a professor in the English department at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on “Contingencies in Black-Jewish Relations."

Following are remaining lectures in the series:

Monday, June 20
“Trapped in a History They Do Not Understand: The Consequences of Racial Privilege for White Americans.” Tim Wise, director of the recently formed Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) and author of “White Like Me: Reflections of Race from a Privileged Son.” Among his lecture topics are affirmative action, Jews and Jewish Americans, and alliance building. This summer, Wise will serve as an adjunct faculty member in the Smith College School for Social Work.

Monday, June 27
“Perspectives on Clinical Social Work: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Eda G. Goldstein, director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice, New York University School of Social Work

Friday, July 22
“Sexual and Non-Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy.” Glen O. Gabbard, professor of psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine

Monday, August 1
“A People’s History of the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement.” Chris Palames, executive director, Independent Living Resources

Monday, August 8
“Children of Divorce Who Reject a Parent and Refuse Visitation: Recent Research and Clinical Studies of the Alienated Child.” Janet R. Johnston, professor in justice studies, San Jose State University

The Smith College School for Social Work, now in its 87th year, enrolls about 400 students each year and has nearly 5,000 alumnae residing in 50 states and 19 foreign countries.

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