For Immediate Release

January 29, 2008

New York, NY – The Columbia University School of Social Work announced today its Wednesday Series program for the spring.  Since 2002, the Wednesday Series has fostered explorations of interdisciplinary scholarship, policy, and practice and has drawn attention to diverse social justice issues.

Speakers will include Richard Parsons, Chairman of the Board at Time Warner, Inc., Nina Bernstein, reporter for the New York Times, and Dr. John W. Rowe, former Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc.  Guest speakers will be appearing as follows:

January 30
Richard Glassman, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital
February 13
Dr. Frances Cournos
Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University
February 27
Becky Bigio, RN
Director, Senior Source Care Management Program Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
March 5
Richard Parsons
Chairman of the Board
Time Warner, Inc.
March 26
Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez
Director of the NYS Cultural Competence Center of Excellence and the Hispanic Treatment Program
New York State Psychiatric Institute
April 2
Dr. John W. Rowe
Professor of Health Policy Management 
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
April 23
Nina Bernstein
Reporter
New York Times
April 30
Elana Katz
Ackerman Institute for the Family

Initiated in 2002 by Dean Jeanette Takamura, the Wednesday Series features scholars, alumni, national experts and luminaries who are invited to speak on current topics that have implications for the social work profession. Past speakers have included Harvard anthropologist Dr. Arthur Kleinman, United Nations Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, author and clinician Dr. Peggy Drexler, and international photographer Eugene Richards.

Wednesday Series events are open to the public and unless otherwise noted, are held at the School of Social Work at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue in the concourse level from 12:30-1:30pm. For more information, please visit http://www.socialwork.columbia.edu/wedseries, or email swevents@columbia.edu.

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