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Case’s Mandel School Of Applied Social Sciences to host distinguished contributor series

Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting a series of events in the coming weeks, known as the Distinguished Contributor Series, designed to spark discussion and fresh thinking on current issues facing American society. All events are eligible for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs) at a cost of $15 per event.

On Monday, February 21, the school will sponsor a panel discussion titled “Homelessness: Can the System Be Fixed?” The discussion will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 320 of the Mandel School, 11235 Bellflower Road, and will feature Brian Davis, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless; Mike Foley, executive director of the Cleveland Tenants Organization; and Jane Hoyt-Oliver, chair of the Malone College Social Work Program and a member of the Mandel School’s Ph.D. graduate class of 2005.

Among the topics the panel will address are:

  • Is homelessness just a big city problem?
  • Outreach to street people
  • Creating affordable housing
  • Putting together treatment and services.

On Monday, March 14, Marvin Rosenberg, associate professor at the Mandel School and fellow actors will perform “I’m Not Rappaport,” the Tony Award-winning comedy about the life-long friendship of two elderly men and the desire of one daughter to place her father in a nursing home. The performance will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 320 of the Mandel School, and will be followed by audience discussion of issues of racism, substance abuse, intergenerational conflict, diversity and the bonds of friendship. The play is being performed in celebration of National Social Work Month.

On Wednesday, April 13, from 4:30-6 p.m. the Mandel School will host the annual Herman D. Stein Lectureship in International Social Welfare. The lecture will take place in Room 202 of the Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road. Speaking will be Gery Ryan, consultant to the RAND Corp. and adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA. He specializes in applying systematic methods to qualitative research, and designing tools to evaluate attitudes and beliefs about health and education. His topic will be “Managing Social Change: The March through Unintended Consequences.”

The lecture honors Herman Stein, distinguished former dean of the Mandel School, for his life work and accomplishments in international social welfare. The lecture brings an outstanding thinker or international advocate to the Mandel School to stimulate discussion on topics of community, compassion and democracy around the globe.

All three events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Pamela Carson at (216) 368-2281 or e-mail


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