SSA Online Learning

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Welcome to SSA Online Learning! Bookmark this page to access links to upcoming and archived SSA events, lectures, and workshops as well as events presented by our colleagues at the University of Chicago and across academia. We will be adding more content in the next weeks and months, so please check back often. 

Click on the links below to register for upcoming events or peruse archived content at your leisure. All events are free and available to the public. You will receive an email with webinar links after you register for any upcoming events. Please take note of the time zone for upcoming events. Archived events may be accessed at any time. 

Future Events

The To&Through Data Collaborative:
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
2:30 - 3:30 pm (CT)

Ada Gomero, Equity Data Strategist and Liam Bird, Equity Policy Strategist, Chicago Public Schools, will present on the use of data supporting the implementation of the CPS Equity Framework.


Presented by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Fatherhood Special Interest Group
Perspectives on Fatherhood: Differences, Opportunities, and Considerations for the Future
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
11:00 am -12:30 pm (PT),  2:00  - 3:30 pm (ET)
1.5 CEH/.15 CEU (free) is available through the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work

This virtual conference will feature a diverse range of perspectives from the fatherhood field. We will focus on the experiences of fathers with a variety of identities and backgrounds and discuss topics including immigration, residency, race, ethnicity, and incarceration. The webinar will feature SSA alumnus David Pate, Jr., AM '82, PhD (moderator) and four panelists -- Ryan Bennett, Kimberly Dent, Michael Huesca, and SSA Associate Professor and alumnus Waldo E. Johnson, Jr. PhD '93 -- representing the fatherhood, policy, practice, and research perspectives, respectively. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For this event only, please contact Paja Charles for questions.


The To&Through Data Collaborative:
[Rescheduled] Tuesday, July 21, 2020
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (CT) 

Nick Mader, Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall, will present the tools and process that the Chapin Hall Collaborative uses for allowing its non-profit and public agency partners to request highly customized data analysis reports, which are automatically generated from linked administrative data.


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Upcoming Programs for the Week of June 1, 2020

Maroon Mondays from the SSA Archives:
Strengthening the social worker's political voice and influence against the rise of overt racism

Each week, we'll include events from our archives -- watch anytime that works for you.

UChicago SSA's African American Alumni Committee brought together a panel of leading practitioners, political leaders, social workers, and researchers in their respective fields to discuss racism, politics, and access -- and the impact of each on African Americans' ability to thrive in America -- as well as the role of the social worker. This event was filmed on February 17, 2018 and includes the Opening Plenary Panel with Shawn A. Lampkins-uThando, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Education Studies, University of Oregon, Kafi Moragne-Patterson, PhD '15, Director of Student Civic Education at the UChicago University Community Service Center, and activist and writer Conrad Worrill, AM '71, PhD. The Keynote was presented by David Stovall, PhD, Professor of African American Studies; Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago.

From our campus partners: The Institute of Politics (IOP):
The View from China with U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad

Monday, June 1, 2020
8:00 pm (CT)

Join the IOP and the U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad for a conversation on the COVID-19 pandemic and leadership in times of crisis. Elizabeth Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director, Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will moderate the discussion and will explore the role of U.S. diplomacy during the COVID-19 outbreak, and Ambassador Branstad’s advice for careers in public office and leadership roles. Please note: Only those with current UChicago email addresses will be able to access this program via Zoom. All others are invited to watch on Facebook. For questions regarding this event only, please email Frankie Roskam.


From our campus partners: The Institute of Politics (IOP):
Campaigns and Voting with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
5:00 - 6:00 pm (CT)

Join the IOP and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, JD ’85, for a conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod on how COVID-19 will affect the infrastructure of American elections in November and beyond.

With no guarantee that polling places will be safe enough to allow all eligible Americans to vote in-person in November, Senator Klobuchar has emerged as the leading proponent for national mail-in voting. Her bill, The Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act, establishes a new standard of voting in cases of natural disaster or infectious disease, laying a roadmap for the expansion and protection of voting rights in times of crisis. Please note: Only those with current UChicago email addresses will be able to access this program via Zoom. All others are invited to watch on Facebook. For questions regarding this event only, please email Frankie Roskam.


Throw-back Thursdays from the SSA Archives:
Everyday Trauma: Perspectives from Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

Each week, we'll include events from our archives -- watch anytime that works for you!

Mark Epstein, M.D. presented the 2015 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar at the UChicago SSA on March 9, 2015.

If there is one thing Buddhism and psychoanalysis can agree upon, it is this: Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people, it happens to everyone. If we are not suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder, we suffer from a pre-traumatic one.  Trauma is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness eventually impact us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. 

Ranging from the contributions of analysts like D.W. Winnicott, Philip Bromberg, and Robert Stolorow to the undercurrent of loss in the Buddha’s own biography, Epstein's discussion holds that not only do the ‘Little T’ traumas of early life condition how we respond to the ‘Big T’ traumas all around us but that we can use the traumas of daily life to open our minds and hearts. 

A Virtual Conference Hosted by the TREP Project (SSD):
Evidence-Based Guidance for How Schools Can Respond to a National Mental Health Crisis in the Wake of COVID-19
Friday, June 5, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

This conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to provide evidence-based guidance for the role that schools can play as the primary social institution responsible for influencing the well-being of children and youth during this national crisis. Panelists will include SSA Assistant Instructional Professor Shipra Parikh, Lewis-Sebring Director of the UChicago Consortium Elaine Allensworth, Director of SSA's School Social Work Program Jennifer Meade, and David Johnson, Senior Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium. The TREP Project is headed by Micere Keels, Founding Project Director and Associate Professor, UChicago Department of Comparative Human Development. For this event only, please email Micere Keels with any questions.


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