Speakers

  • Dr. Avatthi Ramaiah

    Hokenstad International Lecture—Saturday, November 12

    The challenges of multi-cultural societies like India and USA are many and often complex. Despite having a well laid down protective and development policies, and legal and administrative mechanisms in place, caste and race based discriminations and human right violations have been a reality in these nations even today. It therefore becomes a necessity to know what have been the contribution thus far of social work profession—a humane profession based on universal ideals—towards bringing about social change and protecting the human rights and dignity of excluded communities such as the Dalits of India and the African Americans of USA. Such ascribed identity based violence could be mitigated effectively if a sense of oneness and we-feeling and a desire for dignified and peaceful co-existence could be infused and nurtured gradually among all citizens of these nations. Is the social work profession willing and capable of undertaking such a project? If yes, what kind of challenges the profession and the professionals like to encounter? This lecture will focus on answering these and other related questions.  

    About the Speaker
    Dr. Avatthi Ramaiah is the Dean, Equal Opportunity Centre, and a Senior Professor at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai, India. Coming from a social work academic background, he also contributed to shaping an anti-oppressive framework in social work curriculum nationally and internationally. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and was a visiting fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, UK. He was also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics in 2013. He has delivered numerous lectures and keynotes in reputed Universities and Institutions of higher learning both within and outside India. He is a great thought leader and has published extensively in the areas of social exclusion, social policies, and human rights. Dr. Ramaiah will present "Nurturing a Desire for Dignified and Peaceful Co-existence Among Citizens of Multi-Cultural Societies" during the 2022 APM. 


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  • Dr. CarolAnn Daniel

    Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture—Friday, November 11

    Over the last two decades much has been written in social work and elsewhere about the challenges of teaching oppression and dealing with students’ feelings of discomfort and resistance to learning race and racism.

    This Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture will attempt to identify the conditions that support the emergence of a climate in which analytic and affective experiences can facilitate shifts in consciousness leading to a decolonial attitude. Dr. Daniel will discuss students’ resistance to learn about race and racism and examine why pedagogies of analysis and critiques of oppression are not enough to address the complexities of traumatic racial history and varied emotional manifestations of resistance. Furthermore, this lecture will theorize how we might engage the work of decolonial pedagogies of emotion to reduce students’ resistance and help them cultivate greater identification with social justice issues.

    About the Speaker
    CarolAnn Daniel, PhD, MSW, is recognized as a national leader in antiracism in education and health care with marginalized populations. She was the founding Chair of the Northeast Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Daniel is a professor of social policy at Adelphi University in metropolitan NYC, where she established and implemented diversity and equity initiatives for faculty, staff, and students. Her research focuses on race, systemic racism, organizational change, and strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and belonging. Dr. Daniel will present “Decolonial Approaches to Engaging Resistance to Learning about Race and Racism” during the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture of the 2022 Annual Program Meeting.

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  • Kimberley Motley

    Opening Plenary Session—Thursday, November 10

    “The laws are ours,” says Kimberley Motley, Esq. “No matter what your ethnicity, nationality, gender, race—they belong to us.” 

    APM attendees will explore the global human rights economy and learn how and why we should all pay attention to–and take full advantage of–the rule of law. Motley will share stories from her law practice in Afghanistan and highlight ways her work impacts global human rights. In countries where much of the law is unwritten, where judges are unable to read or write, where church and state are still deeply intertwined, the legal system is a complicated and murky one. But if we take the time to read and understand the law, we can often find the solutions we’re looking for and make positive impacts.

    About the Speaker
    Kimberley Motley is the founder of Motley Legal Services and cofounder of Motley Consulting International and the first foreigner who has ever litigated cases in Afghanistan's Criminal Courts. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, she will present “The Rule of Law: Building a Global Human Rights Community” during the Opening Plenary Session of the 2022 APM.

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