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School of Social Work

Barbera-Villegas International Social Work Lecture

The 2020 lecture was held on Tuesday, December 8

Personal Mastery for Professional Capabilities and Transformative Societies

We live in a world divided, with contemporary US politics being the epitome of that division. The deep fissures of the social fault-lines, based on criteria like race, class, gender, nationality and socio-economic governance, exacerbated by Covid-19, implodes a range of taken-for-granted assumptions.  We are at a conjectural moment in world politics that calls for a politics, and a social work with soul. In this lecture,  Dr. Sewpaul will discuss the nexus between individual and societal consciousness, and how mindful living, and the power of love, kindness, gratitude, compassion and forgiveness, for self and other, can be elevated to broad socio-political forces in the interests transformative societies.

Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul (PhD), an awardee of three honorary doctoral degrees from Chile, Norway and Sweden, is a globally recognized human rights scholar, international speaker and activist. She chaired the following committees on behalf of the IASSW: Global Standards for SW Education and Training (2004); Global SW Definition (2014) and the Global SW Statement of Ethical Principles (2018). She is an emeritus professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and a professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway. She recently completed her memoir titled, The Arc of Our Paths: Growing into Wholeness.

A video of the 2020 lecture will be posted soon . . .