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Place & Health: Symposium Celebrating Fullilove’s Intellectual Contributions

Oct 11
3:00pm - 7:00pm
On Campus Event - Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Lower Lounge
Mindy Fullilove Land Back Symposium

Part of the Flexner Lectureship Series

  • 3:00 pm: Shuttle from Pem Arch to GSSWSR building
  • 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Welcoming remarks, GSSWSR Dean Janet Shapiro
  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Keynote address, Dr. Mindy Fullilove
  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Refreshment Break
  • 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Session 1 - Place justices and injustices: Carcerality, place, and health
  • 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Refreshment Break
  • 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm: Session 2 - From place violence to place empowerment: Resistance, power, community, and place
  • 6:45 pm – 7:00 pm: Closing remarks, Dr. Mindy Fullilove and Dr. Cindy Sousa
  • 7:00 pm: Shuttle from GSSWSR building to Pem Arch

The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research is a Council on Social Work Education accredited school and therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. Credit hours earned by attending this event satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. Please RSVP for CEU. Social workers outside of Pennsylvania or other licensed individuals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

The connections between place and well-being have been an exciting intellectual and pedagogical project for social work, public health, urban planning, psychology, and other related fields. Much of the groundwork for this work was crystalized by Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s 1996 widely cited article Psychiatric implications of displacement: Contributions from the psychology of place, and her ongoing and visionary work on the topic through, among other projects, her two books: Root Shock and The House of Joshua.

This half-day, interdisciplinary symposium honors the growing breadth and depth if Dr. Fullilove’s work related to health and place. Through a series of consecutive sessions, community from Bryn Mawr College (particularly though not only from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research) will critically engage with Fullilove’s work through presentations that center the role of place and the psychological implications of displacement. Fullilove will serve as the keynote speaker and the discussant for many of the sessions.

This symposium will bring together research, practice, and pedagogy, actively celebrating scholarship that brings together health and place as engaged praxis, moving among theory; professional and community work; and education aimed at practical interventions which center the role of place for individuals, families, and communities.

In line with Fullilove’s new work, our symposium deliberately focuses on not only suffering but also the ways that place (and people’s use of it) can help harness resistance, survival, meaning, hope, healing, and collective power – in Fullilove’s terms, we will engage with work on place that brings us “from displacement to empowered collaboration.”

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