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5 Old Capital
Women's Resource and Action Center
(319) 335-1486

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UI to celebrate 100th anniversary of professional social work March 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A reception, film and a panel presentation will highlight a celebration of the 100th anniversary of professional social work Thursday, March 12 at the Minnesota Room of the Iowa Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Sponsors of the event are the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), the UI School of Social Work, the southeast branch of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the UI Social Work Student Association. The evening's activities will begin with a 6 p.m. mixer hosted by NASW.

At 6:30 p.m. a film about Jane Addams, generally considered the mother of social work, will be shown. Addams was the founder of Hull House and co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. The film will help celebrate March as both Women's History Month and Social Work Month.

The film will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion about current issues in social work and social work education. Speakers are Jay Cayner, Carolyn Copps Hartley, and Esther Materon-Arum. Cayner is the director of Social, Patient, and Family Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics and is the past president of NASW. Copps Hartley has been on the faculty of the UI School of Social Work since January 1994 and teaches foundation micro practice courses for first-year master's degree students. Materon-Arum is the coordinator of Academic Support Programs at UI.

For more information, call the Women's Resource and Action Center, phone (319) 335-1486.