Thursday, October 12, 2017
Reception 3:30 P.M. | Program 4:00 P.M.
Educational Conference Center
University Of Michigan
School Of Social Work
The 2017 symposium explored tensions and affinities between organized labor, the profession of social work, and other social justice movements. Panelists traced the histories of the professionalization of social work and the American labor movement from intersectional and critical perspectives, asking: How have organizing efforts to advance economic equality simultaneously exacerbated racial and gender inequalities? Why have social workers been largely absent from the American labor movement? How is social work positioned to respond to the changing nature of work - related to automation, the decline in manufacturing, the disappearance of welfare, neoliberal economic policies, and an expanding service sector and gig-economy - and how might social workers and labor organizers contribute to a reimagined and revitalized labor movement?
Lynn Videka, Dean and Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Daphne C. Watkins, Associate Professor, and Director, Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Beth Glover Reed, Associate Professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Oto Alves da Silva, Doctoral Student, Joint Program in Social Work and Anthropology
Kathryn Berringer, Doctoral Student, Joint Program in Social Work and Anthropology
Michael Evangelist, Doctoral Student, Joint Program in Social Work and Sociology
Dr. Marcia Bombyk, Professor of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Mark E. Courtney, Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration & Editor of Social Service Review
Dr. Austin McCoy, Michigan Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, History of Art, University of Michigan
Dr. Lawrence Root, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Social Work & former director of the University of Michigan Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations