What's New? Discussion of Current Issues

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Thursday 9:30 to 10:45

First Class: 2/18/2021

Weeks: 6
Limited Enrollment: 10


Instructor: Ruth Brandwein

B.A. in Philosophy, Brooklyn College; MSW (community organization) University of Washington; Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School, Brandeis; Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Social Work; Director and Associate Professor, University of Iowa School of Social Work; Professor and Dean (Emeritus) Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Taught classes in Organizational Change, Community Organization, Social Policy, Social Welfare History, Women in Administration, Theories of Administration, Family Violence. Recipient 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from National Association of Social Work


This will be a combination mini-lecture followed by class discussion of two to three topics in the news each week. The focus will be primarily on domestic issues. With the 2020 election in November, it is likely that we will want to examine some important policy issues concerning health, civil and human rights and the safety net, including Social Security.

Recommended, but not required, that participants have read the New York Times, listened to NPR, and read other varied news and opinion sources, such as the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic or The Nation before each week's class.

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