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November 17, 2014

Tuesday Talks is a special series of talks by Heller faculty and researchers on select Tuesdays throughout the year. All Heller faculty, students, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information contact the Heller Events team. No RSVP required.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Room G2, Irving Schneider and Family Building

David Gil, Professor Emeritus of Social Policy: “Social Policy Theory”

​​Emeritus Professor of Social Policy David Gil will provide a historical context for the evolution of social policy in the United States and the various approaches to social policy at Heller since its founding as the Florence Heller School of Social Welfare 55 years ago. He would also provide a universally valid, conceptual model of social policy.

  • The defense hearing of Cynthia Tschampl's dissertation, entitled "Triple Jeopardy:  Analyses where care coordination, migration, and tuberculosis intersect," will take place on Friday, December 5 at 3:00 pm in Heller-Brown Room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

  • The hearing of Ilhom Akobirshoev's dissertation proposal, entitled "Does parents' lack of health coverage affect their insured children's health outcomes and health seeking behavior?" will be held on Monday, December 8 at 9:30 am in Heller-Brown Room 147.

    The abstract is attached.

You are welcome to join HellerSAVE at a meeting on Tuesday, November 18, at 1:00 pm in Heller-Brown Room G54. Please bring your ideas and energy for Sustainability, Awareness and Valuing the Environment (SAVE). If you wish to contribute to the compost bins, please deposit your non-animal based food waste in the plastic bin outside Heller-Brown Room 156 and reduce your carbon food print with this green good habit!

Participants Needed for LGBTQ Relationship Study

Julie Woulfe, a doctoral student at Boston College's Lynch School of Education, is conducting an online study on relationships in the LGBTQ community with the goal of improving counseling and support services for the community.  She is seeking participants in an online survey and help with this cause. To participate, you must be 18 years or older, and your participation would be voluntary and confidential.

In appreciation for your participation, you are welcome to enter a lottery to win one of five $25 Amazon gift cards. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The study has been approved by the Boston College Institutional Review Board and it is supervised by Dr. Lisa Goodman. If you would like to participate, please visit the link below to take the survey: https://bclynch.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6LrmSp0hSnSNcpf

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact woulfej@bc.edu

Film Screening: "Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness"

Sponsored by Women for Women International
Tuesday, December 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Cinema, Brookline, MA

In "Beyond Right and Wrong," a woman who survived the death of her five children wonders if she can forgive the man who killed them. A victim's daughter (from Ireland) strikes up an unusual friendship with the bomber who killed her father. And two men, one Palestinian and one Israeli-- form a bond after tragedies claim their daughters. These survivors of conflicts in Rwanda, Northern Ireland as well as Israel and Palestine share their stories of loss and recovery in their own words. The film was shown in front of the UN General Assembly to introduce a UN resolution to strengthen the role of mediation.

A non-profit organization which has been working for over 20 years in conflicted and war-torn countries, Women for Women International (WfWI) has helped thousands of women through a year-long program, providing emotional and financial support, market-based job training, and rights awareness. Women who have been trained in the WfWI program have greatly improved their lives and in turn have been agents of change for their families, other women and their communities.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion. To learn more or sign up to attend, go to the WfWI Boston Facebook page or email wfwiboston@gmail.com.

at Heller

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
5:00 pm

Imagining "Shame-Proof" Social Policies

Glynn Amphitheater (G4), Irving Schneider and Family Building

The Heller Gender Working Group and the Heller Master of Public Policy present Donna Haig Friedman, PhD '96, Director, Center for Social Policy, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Over the past 15+ years, growing income inequalities, along with problematic labor and housing market dynamics, have converged and contributed to steady increases in economic hardship for families with children in Massachusetts. A clear consequence of these harsh realities is the unrelenting growth in family homelessness in the state.

Current social policies have "shaming" design elements and also undermine parents' economic advancement. Drawing upon multiple evaluation and applied research studies, Dr. Haig Friedman will explore the realities of these social policy conundrums as well as the potential for new, "shame-proof" social policies.

Contact and RSVP: Rajashree Ghosh, Resident Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center and GWG member (ghoshr@brandeis.edu)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
12:15 - 1:45 pm

Climate Risks, Vulnerabilities and Solutions around the Issues of Food Security and Safety

Altman Amphitheater (G1), Irving Schneider and Family Building

The globalized industrial food system upon which much of the world’s population depends is vulnerable to disturbances such as climate change, fossil fuel depletion and market volatility. This reality calls for functional models of food systems that exhibit greater resiliency. Urban and regional food systems, as coupled social-ecological systems, can serve as holistic models that offer not only increased food security and adaptation to a changing climate, but also a number of additional benefits ranging from assistance to local economies, provision of healthy organic food, community engagement and cohesion, to protecting the environment. Monika Kondura, Heller MA-SID alum and PhD student in Northeastern University's Law and Public Policy Program, will present positive case studies both from developed and developing countries that illustrate patterns of successful management.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
5:45 - 7:45 pm

Heller Alumni Networking Reception in Boston

Lir, 903 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Hosted by Heller Alumni Relations. Join Boston area alumni, faculty and students at Lir (MBTA: Hynes, Green line) for an evening of networking and catching up over light hors d'oeuvers and cash bar. RSVP by Monday, November 17 to helleralumni@brandeis.edu.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
10:15 - 10:45 am

Community Coffee with the Dean

Zinner Forum, Irving Schneider and Family Building

Join us for Coffee with the Dean with Interim Dean Marty W. Krauss. Have a coffee and spend a few minutes catching up with faculty, staff, and students from across the school. As always...don't forget your coffee mug!! This is a bring-your-own cup coffee break. 

Career Development Center


Students and alumni can make Career Advising Appointments in Heller Career Connect by clicking on "Request An Appointment" in the Career Tools and Advising Shortcut Button.

Linnea Löf, MSF '01, Assistant Dean, Career Development
(Room 100) 781-736-3362; llof@brandeis.edu
Adam Motenko, Associate Director, Career Development
(Room 103) 781-736-3938; amotenko@brandeis.edu
Nancy Pratt, Assistant Director, Career Development
(Room 146)
781-736-3789; npratt@brandeis.edu

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