9 May 2012 | Download the audio of the night (mp3, 93MB)
This was the first in this incisive new series of presentations.
Professor of Social Work and Social Justice Jude Irwin's opened the inaugural event with a short lecture, examining The State of Social Work, which was followed by an ‘in conversation’ with Professor Carolyn Noble in which they will explore the current issues facing the field of social work – ‘pure’ and applied. What has the academy and the profession of social work delivered? Where are the challenges in the current social and political environment? What is its ‘state’?
This was an incisive interrogation without limits followed by full audience engagement with a question-and-answer session.
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Jude Irwin has worked at the University of Sydney for more than 30 years. Her teaching, research, practice and policy interests span a number of areas including violence against women, children and young people, discrimination against gay men and lesbians, professional practice supervision, community development, and learning in practice settings. Her most recent research projects use action research and involve working with practitioners to develop professional knowledge and practice and with residents in social housing areas to build community capacity. She is co-author/editor of six books, several reports and numerous journal articles.
Carolyn Noble is Emeritus Professor at Victoria University. She has an international reputation for research and scholarly writing in the areas of social work theory and practice, professional education, supervision, community engagement, and gender democracy.
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