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Second Biennial Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture


4–6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Hall, auditorium
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Michael Reisch, Ph.D., the Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will deliver a lecture titled “Social Justice for the Elderly and the Intergenerational Compact.”

Recent debates about the future of Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs have raised questions about whether U.S. society has the political will and resources to promote the well-being of elder Americans in the future. Attacks on social welfare in the name of fiscal responsibility threaten longstanding commitments to social justice and intergenerational equity. This year’s Thursz Lecture will explore the social justice issues at the heart of these debates, place the current crises in a global context, and suggest ways in which social workers can contribute to socially just solutions.

The lecture will honor of the 15th anniversary of Catholic University's Center on Global Aging, which was founded by Daniel Thursz. A reception will follow.

Reisch, a noted social work researcher and educator, has published extensively on the history and philosophy of social welfare, the meaning and application of social justice and multiculturalism, radical social work, community organization theory and practice, the nonprofit sector, and contemporary policy issues, particularly welfare reform and the impact of globalization on the future of the welfare state.
The National Catholic School of Social Service has designated this event in celebration of  both the Center on Global Aging and Catholic University’s 125th anniversary.


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