What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909-2007

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To celebrate nearly 100 years of existence and a new era in social work education, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis is publishing What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909- 2007.

This is a pivotal time for social work training and for the profession itself

To celebrate nearly 100 years of existence and a new era in social work education, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis is publishing What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909- 2007.

"This is a pivotal time for social work training and for the profession itself," says Edward F. Lawlor, dean of the Brown School. "We are implementing a new strategic plan and it is the perfect time for us to remember and learn from our history."

Author Candace O'Connor begins the book with a look at poverty in St. Louis and the early history of social work education locally, and concludes with an overview of more recent accomplishments and a glimpse at the Brown School's future.

Threaded throughout the book are milestones and evolutions in social work education as well as first-person accounts from alumni and current and former faculty.

"It was a great pleasure to write about a school that has always dedicated itself to educating women and men who wish to do good in the world," says O'Connor.

This book also features some of the great leaders in the field of social work, who played a part in the Brown School history: among them, Roger Baldwin, Julia Stimson, Frank Bruno, Benjamin Youngdahl, Shanti Khinduka, and Michael Sherraden.

O'Connor, author of Beginning a Great Work: Washington University in St. Louis, 1853-2003, is an award-winning writer and editor, who has written extensively for regional and national publications. She won a regional Emmy award for her historical documentary, Oh Freedom After While: The Missouri Sharecropper Protest of 1939, which aired nationally on PBS.

The book will be available for purchase from the Campus Store in Mallinckrodt Student Center after May15 or on the website at http://gwbweb.wustl.edu.

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis aims to create positive social change through its path-breaking research and educational excellence. The Brown School's international community of faculty, students, and graduates works throughout St. Louis, across the country, and worldwide to apply new knowledge and use the best available evidence to impact policy, practice, and service delivery. The Brown School, which offers a doctoral degree, a master of social work degree, as well as seven dual-degree programs, is home to five research centers:

The Center for Latino Family Research
The Center for Mental Health Services Research
The Center for Social Development
The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies
The Martha N. Ozawa Center for Social Policy Studies

For more information call 314-935-6676 or http://gwbweb.wustl.edu.

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