Past Events

Past Lectures/Symposia/Events:

2021 2020  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012 


February 26, 2022: Getting to the Root: Perspectives on Violence, Restorative Justice, and Criminal Justice Reform in the Black Community

February 17, 2022: Reuben Jonathan Miller will discuss a new documentary, Apart about three mothers attempting to rebuild lives derailed by drugs and prison

February 2, 2022: Eve L. Ewing joins Justice Sonia Sotomayor to discuss her new children's book

January 20, 2022: Five Years North: Film Screen and Panel Discussion


November 16-18: US-China Forum 2021: Addressing Inequality and Promoting Social Welfare

October 28, 2021: Cafferty Lecture: Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching

June 14, 2021: Afrofuturism, Sun Ra and Others: A Transatlantic Perspective

June 4 - 5, 2021: Alumni Weekend 2021

June 4, 2021: Recovering Histories: Racialized Gender and the Professionalization of Social Work

May 21, 2021: Recovering Histories: Social Work History in Global Perspective

May 19 and 22, 2021: Prison Industrial Complex Abolition Symposium 2021

May 19, 2021: Reimagining Philanthropy through a Social Justice Lens

May 13, 2021: Engendering citizenship: Global mobilizations for equality, autonomy, and life

May 11, 2021: Recovering Histories: Immigrants, Immigration, and Social Work

April 28, 2021: FIRSTHAND Living in Poverty - Equity in Education

April 20, 2021: The 2021 Sarnat Lecture with Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD: Toward Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services

April 9 - 16, 2021: Tomorrow's Hope: Screening and Panel Discussion

March 16, 2021: Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Screening

March 13, 2021: Virtual reading and discussion of Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

March 12, 2021: Who Counts? The Census, Documentation, and Citizenship

March 10, 2021: Recovering Histories: Social work/welfare history through Black, Indigenous, and Latinx Perspectives

March 9, 2021: The 2021 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work

February 24 and March 3, 2021: Advancing Smart Decarceration Through Research: A Two-Part Virtual Conversation

February 18, 2021: Black Mental Health: A Time During COVID-19 and Civil Uprising

February 2, 2021: A Virtual Reading and Discussion of Reuben Jonathan Miller's New Book, Halfway Home


November 12: The 2020 Cafferty Lecture with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Eve L. Ewing

November 5: A conversation with Jhody Polk, Founder and Director of the Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub (L.E.A.H.)

October 7, 14, 21, 28: Social Work for Social Justice: Creating Responsive and Inclusive Institutions, Policies, and Practices. An October symposium series of honor of 100 Years of SSA's Doctoral Program.

October 22: A Conversation with Susan Burton

October 16: Voting IS Social Work

October 14: Smart Decarceration: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Driving Mass Imprisonment

October 9-14: Screening of A Most Beautiful Thing

April 17, 2020: COVID-19, Racial Discrimination, and Supporting Asian Communities Webinar

April 1-3, 2020: GADE Conference (postponed)

March 6, 2020: University of Chicago Law School Symposium on Gun Violence

March 4, 2020: Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System

February 25, 2020: Interupting Gun Violence in Chicago

February 22, 2020: AAAC Symposium "The Black Vote"

 February 6, 2020: Lost and Found: Young fathers in the age of unwed parenthood with Dean Deborah Gorman-Smith at the Seminary Co-op

January 21, 2020: Race, Space, and the Built Environment: Exploring the Intersection of Place and Social (In)Justice

January 17, 2020: SSA at SSWR in Washington, DC


December 2, 2019: What Justice Looks like with Assistant Professor Yanilda González

November 21, 2019: Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work with Assistant Professor Shantá R. Robinson at the Seminary Co-op

November 17, 2019: UChicago Harper Lecture featuring Angela S. García "Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law." 

November 13, 2019George Glaster: Making Our Neighborhoods, Making Our Selves

November 8, 2019: Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health 3rd Annual Conference

October 25, 2019: Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law. with Angela García at the Seminary Co-op

October 17, 2019: Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America

September 25, 2019The Power of Prosecutors in the Decarceration Movement

June 6 - 9, 2019: Alumni Weekend

May 23, 2019: Shaping a Science in Social Work Book Launch

May 17, 2019: The Opioid Crisis and Older Adults: Prescription to Addiction

May 14, 2019: On the Table: Memo to the Mayor

May 10, 2019: Rights for Women in Prison and the UN Bangkok Rules: A Global Symposium

May 8, 2019: Lisa Damour: Under Pressure: Addressing the Rise of Stress and Anxiety in Youth

May 4, 2019: Justice Works Symposium: Envisioning a Transformed Justice System

May 2, 2019: Are Municipal IDs the Key to Urban Inclusion?

April 25, 2019: An American Summer with Alex Kotlowitz

April 24, 2019: Designing a new path forward: The social work agenda for Chicago's first black female mayor.

April 23, 2019: Carol Gilligan: In a Different Voice: Act II

April 16, 2019: The 2019 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar: "Being Muslim: Race, Gender, and Islam in America"

April 9, 2019: Red Round Globe Hot Burning panel and discussion

March 7, 2019Understanding Suicide’s Allure: A Professional and Personal Perspective

March 2, 2019: Boot Camp Brunch

February 20, 2019Dr. W. Thomas Boyce: The Orchid and The Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive

January 16, 2019Space, Equity and Lessons Learned from the Housing Field


December 7, 2018Webinar: New Results for the Stable Scheduling Study

November 29, 2018CBS News' Alex Wagner on Race, Identity, and Belonging

November 26, 2018: Creating an Equitable City 

November 1, 2018Ruth Knee Lecture presented by Gregory Boyle "The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness"

October 25, 2018"America to Me" Screening and Panel Conversation with Filmmaker and Local Education Leaders

October 18, 2018Ghosts in the Schoolyard by professor Eve L. Ewing - Official Launch Party

October 9, 2018Campus Conversation on the Jason Van Dyke Trial Verdict

October 3, 2018: Campus conversation on the Laquan McDonald shooting & Jason Van Dyke murder trial

September 26, 2018DeRay Mckesson On the Other Side of Freedom Book Tour

May 21, 2018: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men: Shifting Sexualities and HIV Health Implications

May 18, 2018: We Can Do More: What has been done and what still needs to be done for Puerto Rico at the local and national level

May 10, 2018Grief as Resistance II: Violence, Trauma, and Resilience in Colombia and Chicago

April 26, 2018: Lessons Learned and Stripes Earned: What to Do When a Survivor Sits on Your Couch

April 19, 20182018 Cafferty Lecture on Race and Ethnicity in American Life

April 17, 2018: Scheduling for Success in Retail Forum: Findings from a Study of the Gap, Inc.

April 16, 2018Let's Get Free: Music, Mass Incarceration, and the Right to (Re)Make the City

April 12, 2018Todd Clear: Including Violent Crimes in Plans for Prison Reform

March 29, 2018ConverSSAtions: Suspensions and Expulsions: Children of Color in Early Childhood Programs

March 26, 2018The Safety Net that AIDS Activism Built

February 17, 2018Strengthening the social worker's political voice and influence against the rise of overt racism

February 13, 2018Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

January 25, 2018Urban Readers Series - Matthew Epperson "Smart Decarceration" - Ronald Simpson Bey


November 2-4, 2017: Smart Decarceration Initiative 2nd National Conference

October 20 and October 21, 2017AMP the Base: SSA's Impact Conference

October 19, 2017: Born in Prison: The Intergenerational Legacy of Maternal Incarceration

October 10, 2017Try-Me's Cafe Grand Opening Tasting Party

September 28, 2017Bringing Refugees to America: Obama and Trump Administration Policies

July 12, 2017: 2017 Yamaguchi Lecture: Authoring a Life: Narrative Identity, Redemption, and Donald J. Trump

June 1, 2017: Strides for Peace Run/Walk 2017

May 31, 2017: Detention of Asylum Seekers in South Texas: Causes, Effects, and Responses on the Ground

May 25, 2017: Grief as Resistance: Racialized State of Violence and the Politics of Black Motherhood in the Americas

April 4 - May 16, 2017Michael M. Davis Lecture Series

May 10, 2017: A Morning with Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

May 10, 2017: Steven C. Hayes, PhD: The Psychological Foundations of Objectification and Dehumanization

May 5, 2017:  Global Anti-Blackness and Anti-Immigrant Politics: Lessons from the Dominican Republic

April 26, 2017:  The Mind-Gut Connection

March 30, 2017: Hidden Figures of SSA: Honoring our Trailblazers and Inspiring our Future

February 28, 2017: The Ruth Knee Lecture 

February 1 and 15, 2017Social Justice Talks 2017

January 25, 2017: ConverSSAtions Panel on Gun Violence: Community Impact and Response

January 18, 2017Inaugural Implications Panel Discussion

January 9, 2017: Violence, Racism and Urban America

January 3, 2017Academic Freedom and Diversity Panel


November 11: Veterans Day 2016: A Conversation Marie Tillman

October 22, 2016Illuminating (In)Justice Series: "Proximity Matters: Undoing Mass Incarceration and the Critical Role of People most Affected" 

October 17, 2016: E. Summerson Carr and Michael Lempert - Scale: Discourse and Dimensions of Social Life at the Seminary Co-op

October 14, 2016: The 2016 Social Justice Address: "Perspectives on Environmental Injustice in the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis."

October 14, 2016The Rhoda G. Sarnat Lecture: "Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Real-World Settings:  Teacher-Child Interaction Training–Universal (TCIT-U) as an Exemplar."

September 1, 2016UChicago SSA Collaboration with China to Build the Social Work Profession: Hong Kong launch event

August 30, 2016UChicago SSA Collaboration with China to Build the Social Work Profession: Beijing launch event

June 22, 2016: Town Hall on the Health and Human Services Transformation

June 7, 2016Deputy Dean for Curriculum & David and Mary Winton Green Professor Tina Rzepnicki's Retirement Reception

May 26, 2016: The Fifth Annual SHINE Event: "Black Male Sexuality, Respectability Politics and HIV Policy." 

May 25, 2016: Paper Tigers moving screening and discussion. 

May 19, 2016: Washington DC Area SSA Alumni Rooftop Soirée.

May 11, 2016: Crook County: Book discussion by author, Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

May 10, 2016: On the Table

April 15, 2016On Liberation: A Conversation with Jennicet Gutiérrez

April 15, 2016: A New Day One Book Signing and Conversation

April 13, 2016"A Legacy Ignored: African Americans' Parallel System of Social Work/Welfare during the Progressive Era" 

March 28, 2016: "Making a Killing" Documentary Screening and Panel

March 23, 2016:  Working Public with David Brooks

February 20, 2016Phenomenal Black Women and Girls symposium

January 27, 2016Illuminating (In)Justice Series


December 3, 2015: Integrating the Inner City: Chicago Public Housing Past, Present and Future 

September 9, 2015Reversing Mass Incarceration Lecture


May 13, 2014: Global Perspectives on Adolescent Health and Economic Strengthening Conference: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa

May 12-13, 2014Freedom Summer After 50 Years: Looking Back & Looking Forward

April 26, 2014: Health Leads presents Sickcare vs. Healthcare: Envisioning a Healthy Chicago 

April 24, 2014ConverSSAtions Series - Communicating the Impact of Social Work: What Matters in Social Services?  

March 6, 2014: ConverSSAtions Series - Healthcare: The Times: They are a Changing

February 15, 2014: Black Young Men in America: Rising above a Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma, and Educational Disparities

January 28, 2014: ConverSSAtions Series - Chicago's Violence Problem: How Social-Emotional Learning Can Provide Promise for the City


March 23, 2013: Navigating the Cultural Divide: Bridging the Gap Between our Professional, Public and Private Selves

March 2, 2013: Technology and the Rising Cost of Health Care: A Paradigm Shift 

February 17, 2013: Tampa Harper Lecture with Virginia Parks – Jobs and Politics: Urban Grassroots Responses 


July 12, 2012: Poverty, Promise, & Possibility Lecture Series

February 18, 2012: Social Exclusion: The Marginalization of African Americans in Health Care, Housing and Employment