Master class focuses on social work and child welfare

October 27, 2008

Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs is hosting a free lecture on the state of social work in child welfare to explore how new technologies relate to good judgment.

The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class 2008 will present “Challenges to Practice and Knowledge in Child Welfare Social Work: From the Social to the Informational?” on Nov. 7. The lecture takes place at the University Club of Phoenix, 36 E. Monte Vista, Phoenix.  The three-hour event starts at 8:45 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast. Download Full Image

“We are most grateful to the Haskell family for having supported this effort for more than a dozen years. The Masters Class has been invaluable to all human services professionals and services in Arizona,” said Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley, John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor and professor of social work in the College of Public Programs. “This master class allows discussion of professional topics in the areas of social and public programs.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Nigel Parton, Foundation National Society for the Protection to Children chair and applied childhood studies at the University of Huddersfield in England. Parton has taught courses in social work, health and the behavior sciences at the undergraduate and postgraduate, qualifying and post-qualifying levels. He has also written four books and many articles on child care.

The lecture will also feature a panel of two respondents: Maureen Domogala, Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center director in Phoenix and Angie Roberts, Human Services Policy Advisor under Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. They will discuss how Parton’s presentation applies to child-welfare practices in Arizona.

Parton will discuss the impact of new information and communication technology systems in the field, specifically addressing the shift from a narrative to a database way of thinking and operating to an informational mode and how the “social” may have been overshadowed by the “informational.”  Parton will also identify a number of key challenges that need to be considered in the future.

The Linda Haskell Memorial Master Class is an annual event supported by William and Rose Haskell in memory of their daughter, Linda, a social worker who was killed by a drunken driver in California. Lecture topics in the past have included second language competency for social workers, health-care issues for seniors and grandparents as primary caretakers of children.

Lecture seating is limited and must be reserved.  For more information or to register, call (602) 496-1564 or visit

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Where: University Club of Phoenix, 36 E. Monte Vista, Phoenix

When: 8:45 to 11:45 a.m., Nov. 7

Admission: Free

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Downtown Phoenix campus hosts atomic bomb exhibit

October 27, 2008

A traveling poster exhibit promoting peace, education, art and cultural exchange is making a stop at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

The Arizona traveling exhibit of “Hiroshima Calling”, a collection of approximately 30 informational posters chronicling the August 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is on display at Information Commons, the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus library located at University Center, 411 N. Central Ave. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It runs through Nov. 6. Download Full Image

“Hiroshima Calling will help us remember world history, including stories of loss and devastation across cultures,” said Liz Zakos, program manager for the exhibit in Arizona. “It reminds us to have hope and to live with our neighbors in a peaceful society.

The goal of the exhibit is to reach 101 cities in the United States during a two-year period that will end Dec. 31, 2008, Zakos said. Some of the cities that have hosted the exhibit include Lafayette, Ind., Raleigh, N.C., Wilmington, Del., Bozeman, Mont., and Oakland, Calif. Arizona is the last state to host the exhibit.

The poster series includes information and images on the effects of the atomic bomb, before and after images of the cities, survival after the bombing, heat rays, high-temperature fire, reconstruction, effects of radiation on the body and a goal toward a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons.

“The project is important for its international significance and because some members of our community lived in Japan when the bomb was detonated or who had relatives living there,” said Kathryn Nakagawa, interim director for the Asian Pacific American Studies program in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We want to send a message about never forgetting what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to continue to promote peace.”

The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the World Youth Visit Exchange Association of Arizona in partnership with Ken Koshio Project, ASU Pacific American Studies Program and NAU Center for Asian Studies Program and NAU Center for Asian Studies. Hiroshima Calling will travel to five different Arizona locations from October through November, 2008.

For more information, call (602) 234-4767 or visit">">

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