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Through the decades, SSA has emphasized social research and applying the insights of social science to solving human problems. From helping define modern social welfare policy to developing new approaches to social intervention, SSA faculty have changed the way we look at the discipline and society. To honor this extraordinary heritage, we will host nine Centennial Symposia highlighting the work of our faculty and the core values of the School. In addition, the SSA will host various Centennial celebrations, professional development programs and lectures. Please check back often for updated listings.

Past Centennial Events

Date Title Location Type
May 9, 2008 A Diverse Profession: Social Work in the Twenty-first Century
Paul Brown and Tianna Cervantez
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
September 5, 2008

Centennial Field Instructors' Event and Centennial Symposium: The Art and Science of Teaching Direct Practice in Social Work
Dexter R. Voisin and Susan Knight

Keynote Speaker: Ann McCann Oakley

Panelists: Anna-Marie DiPasquale, Denise Hagerla, Jason McVicker, and Barbara Smith

Chicago, Illinois Symposium
October 2, 2008

Meet the Author and Book Signing

Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Practice

William Borden, PhD, Senior Lecturer, SSA

Chicago, Illinois Meet the Author and Book Signing
October 19, 2008

Gun Violence in America
Jens Ludwig

St. Louis, Missouri Harper Lecture
November 9, 2008

University of Chicago Harper Lecture
Melissa Roderick

Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan Harper Lecture
November 14, 2008 SSA Centennial Opening Celebration: Relive History and Welcome the Future Chicago, Illinois Special Event
November 14, 2008 A Conversation on Human Rights and New Directions for U.S. Policy Chicago, Illinois By Invitation Only
November 15, 2008 Into the Second Century: Continuing SSA’s Tradition of Improving Urban Education
Michael E. Woolley, Melissa Roderick, and Charles M. Payne
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
November 23, 2008

University of Chicago Harper Lecture
Susan Lambert

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Harper Lecture
December 6, 2008

An Examination of Gangs and Urban Violence
featuring Jens Ludwig and Dexter Voisin

Chicago, Illinois Conference
December 10, 2008

Jane Addams and the University of Chicago's Pioneering Women

Chicago, Illinois Special Event
December 11, 2008 Thursday's Child
Location, Location, Location: Combating Urban Poverty through Place-Based Initiatives

Robert Chaskin, Associate Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Chapin Hall research fellow
Chicago, Illinois Conference
January 15, 2009 Off the Couch and Out of the Clinic: Innovations in Research on the Therapeutic Relationship in Community-Based Settings
Beth Angell, Jeanne C. Marsh, and Leslie Alexander of Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work
New Orleans, Louisiana Symposium
January 16, 2009 SSWR Alumni and Faculty Reception New Orleans, Louisiana Reception
March 7, 2009 Putting Research To Work: Improving Low-Wage Jobs and Public Policies to Support Vulnerable Workers
Julia R. Henly and Susan Lambert
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
April 17, 2009 America and Chicago's Health Safety Net: A Century of Continuity and Change
Colleen M. Grogan and Harold Pollack
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
April 22, 2009 Improving Urban Education: Building Bridges from Research to Practice, Social Work to Education, Chicago to New York

Michael E. Woolley, Judith Dimon, James Kemple, Jane Quinn and April A. Porter

New York, NY Symposium
April 24 & 25, 2009 Welfare State Transformation Since 1970: Comparative International Perspectives
Robert Fairbanks, II and Fabian Kessl
The University of Chicago Center in Paris Symposium
May 8, 2009 The City Revisited: Community and Community Action in the 21st Century
Robert Chaskin
The Chicago Cultural Center Symposium
May 15 & 16, 2009 Welfare States in Transition: Social Policy Transformation in Organizational Practice
Evelyn Z. Brodkin
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
May 17 Harper Lecture 2009, Los Angeles
Revisiting the City: What the History of Community Development and Organizing Says About its Future
Los Angeles, CA Lecture
May 27 & 28, 2009 “I Want to Be Your Friend, You Black Idiot!!”:The Dynamics of Majority Involvement in Minority Movements
Charles M. Payne
Chicago, IL Symposium
June 4, 2009 Centennial Gala Chicago, Illinois Special Event
June 5, 2009 From the Task-Centered Approach to Evidence-Based and Integrative Practice
Tina L. Rzepnicki, Stanley G. McCracken, Harold E. Briggs
Chicago, Illinois Symposium
June 5, 2009 SSA Nite! Chicago, Illinois Special Event
June 6, 2009 50+ Luncheon Chicago, Illinois Special Event
June 6, 2009 Annual Alumni and Students of Color Awards Dinner Chicago, Illinois Special Event
June 7, 2009 Memorial Service for former SSA Dean Margaret Rosenheim Chicago, Illinois Special Event