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                                                            ​​Visiting Lecture: Dr. Vishanthie Sewpaul
                                                             Emancipatory Education: The Personal-Political Nexus in the Pursuit of Social Justice                                                                     and Transformation

                                                             Thursday, January 24, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
                                                             The Globe Auditorium, FSU Center for Global Engagement, 110 S. Woodward Avenue,

                                                              Tallahassee, FL

This event is free and open to the public. The reception starts at 4:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 5 p.m.​

Vishanthie Sewpaul, from the University of Stavanger, Norway, is an eminent scholar in the field of policy and social work education in post-apartheid South Africa. A Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, she has occupied leadership positions at the national, regional and global levels. In 2013, the Ministry of Science and Technology in South Africa acknowledged Professor Sewpaul as a Distinguished Women in Science Award recipient, recognizing  her outstanding contribution to building South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base.

Professor Sewpaul will explore the use of teaching strategies geared toward helping people appreciate that they are not passive victims of societal control. She will discuss how through heightened consciousness, validation and enhanced self-esteem, people can develop the capacity for constructive engagement to challenge sources of oppression and privilege.

This event is open to the public. Join us for a reception with refreshments at 4:30 p.m. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU College of Social Work, and the Center for Global Engagement's Engage Your World Intercultural Dialogue Series.


                                                                Join the College of Social Work and the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities,                                                                        Families, and Children as we welcome Dr. Jonathan Leo of Debusk College of Osteopathic                                                                              Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University and Dr. Jeffrey Lacasse from the FSU College of Social                                                                    Work. In their presentation, "The JAMA Fiasco - Conflicts-of-Interest, Academic Freedom, and                                                                        Free Speech

                                                               *There will be a reception held after from 4:00PM-5:00 PM. Light appetizers and beverages                                                                          will be served.

Registration is free at:
Pre-registration is required for attendance. CEUs are available. 

This joint lecture will relay an important case study regarding conflicts-of-interest in the medical literature. A decade ago, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a clinical trial on the use of antidepressant drugs to prevent minor depression in older adults who had suffered a stroke. Drs. Jonathan Leo and Jeffrey Lacasse authored a critical response and found themselves embroiled in a public fray, which exploded across health and academic media and raised important issues regarding free speech, academic freedom, and editorial conduct. For the first time, they tell their story together from the inside, with hindsight, some humor, and ramifications for the future of peer review, editorial oversight, and evidence-based treatment recommendations for psychiatric medication. 

Jonathan Leo is Professor of Neuroanatomy, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University. Jeffrey Lacasse is Assistant Professor, College of Social Work. For almost 15 years, Drs. Leo and Lacasse have been co-authoring articles which raise important questions about pharmaceutical company advertising, bioreductionism, ghostwriting in the medical literature, and other barriers to evidence-based information regarding mental health issues and treatments. Their work together has been covered by Science, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Nature Neuroscience, and other publications.

The lectures by university researchers will feature engaging and interactive lectures and workshops based around current themes of research crucial for contemporary social problems, foster interdisciplinary collaborations by providing a venue for researchers to meet and discuss their work and connect the key community stakeholders with FSU faculty; and distinguished researchers from other universities. 

Friday, March 29, 3-4 p.m.: “Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Victimization, High-risk Behavior, and Health Among Criminal Justice-Involved Women” presented by Tanya Renn, FS College of Social Work.

You and a friend are invited to enjoy a reception with the FSU College of Social Work in the Parlor Suite at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel during the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) annual conference.

Please register for this event online:

 Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

 Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Parlor Suite 330 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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