The Sharing Our Scholarship committee is to host the second Presidential Faculty Colloquia on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. in the Egan Leadership Center Lectorium. Dr. Jennifer Jewell, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, will speak on the topic of, “Too legit to quit: Gaining legitimacy through human rights organizing.”
The welfare rights movement emerged out of the struggle against punitive welfare policies that enforced dehumanizing requirements and provided minimal subsistence. Despite battling economic deprivation, personal shame, and public hostility, welfare recipients, many of whom were women of color, organized to secure an adequate standard of living for their families. Even with some success, activists faced a repressive welfare state and stigmatization in society and a shift in the organizing framework developed. The evolution of welfare rights to human rights assisted some organizations in gaining more legitimacy within society. This lecture will trace that strand of history.
The semi-annual colloquia highlight the forward-looking research performed by a faculty member and encourages interaction among the academic community. A reception for colleagues to socialize will follow the event.
Please RSVP to Helen Nelson by April 18.