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The 2015-2066 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents
Dr. J. Ruben Parra-Cardona
Building Research Bridges: Cultural Adaptation of Prevention Interventions for Communities in the US and Mexico
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Dr. Parra-Cardona will give an overview of his federally funded program of research focused on preventive parenting and cultural adaptation with Latino/a communities. By describing a mixed-methods prevention study, he will illustrate the importance of generating qualitative data to guide programs of research according to salient life experiences of target populations. He will also reflect about the need to implement rigorous research designs to effectively address critical gaps in knowledge with high relevance for underserved Latino/a populations. Finally, he will present preliminary findings from a pilot intervention study in Monterrey, México, demonstrating the potential impact that cultural adaptation research can have in an international context.
Dr. Parra-Cardona is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Doctoral Specialization in Family Therapy, at Michigan State University. He is also associate director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. He just completed an NIMH-funded prevention study focused on low income Latino/a immigrant families and holds a career development K-award from NIDA to expand his program of research to Latino/a families with adolescents. He collaborates with Mexican professionals in the implementation of community-based programs of research and training of mental health therapists with leading NGOs and research institutes in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua city, Monterrey, and Mexico, D.F.Find out more »
Third Annual Military Social Work Conference: “Strengthening Military Families Through Effective Community Practices”
Conference participants will hear from leading clinicians and researchers in the field of mental health and family services to military personnel and veterans. Sessions will focus on clinical skill building with an emphasis on “best practices” and evidence-based treatment techniques in social work. Topics will cover core clinical issues relevant to working with this population. Topics related to effective teaching and training of social work students in military and veteran social work will also be offered. The conference will provide a forum to meet others, exchange ideas, and develop deep support networks of colleagues. Register now!Find out more »
A panel discussion with the artistic team of the Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms, which is presenting Power Goes at the Texas Performing Arts Center on September 16-18.
President Lyndon Baines Johnson said, “Power is where power goes.” LBJ certainly hungered for power—and knew how to wield it. He intrinsically recognized that effective governance relies on successful performance, both public and private. Such displays of power established LBJ’s political career and helped push forward transformative legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and the Medicare Bill. In Power Goes, The Seldoms use the figure of LBJ as a lens to view power more broadly and to ask if the robust political muscle that LBJ embodied can even be possible in the United States today.
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The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) and the School of Social Work are very proud to host spoken word and hip hop artist, Kane Smego. Smego will address the current challenges to social justice in the United States, especially for those who are marginalized in society.
Kane Smego is an internationally touring spoken word and hip hop artist, youth educator, National Poetry Slam Finalist, and co-founder of the youth arts nonprofit Sacrificial Poets. He has performed and realized workshops across the United States and abroad in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. He believes in the power of storytelling as a tool for healing, recording and transmitting history, and building community across lines of difference. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Kane now resides in Los Angeles, California.Find out more »
Recovery Capital Conference: Celebrating 2 million Texans in recovery
The greater recovery community is uniting to celebrate and build recovery capital amongst ourselves and others. Learn more about the conference and register. Activities are designed by people in recovery for the recovery community, including individuals and families, peer workers and leaders from across organizations and allies and stakeholders from across agencies. Hosted by RecoveryPeople.Find out more »
When a Parent Dies: A Psychoanalytic Perspective of the Process of Bereavement
Colin Pereira-Webber, MA
On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were young Edgar’s only family. He dreamed of a different future, but to leave the gang was a death sentence. De Novo. Más allá de las fronteras (Beyond borders), a gripping documentary play tells the true story of 14-year-old Edgar Chocoy and his fight to win asylum in the United States.
Houses on the Moon Theater Company presents this riveting play by Jeffrey Solomon, followed by a talkback with actors and immigration advocates.
For information on the use of this play in high school and college curriculum, and to reserve seating for class groups, contact Lindsey Engelman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.Find out more »