On Friday, November 19, 2010, the USC School of Social Work hosted a visit from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Secretary Donley, who earned both a B.A. and M.A. degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, was sworn in as the Secretary of the Air Force on October 17, 2008.
Secretary Donley’s visit was largely focused on the work being done through the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR). The meeting, which was held in the School of Social Work, was attended by Secretary Donley, Provost Elizabeth Garrett, Dean Marilyn Flynn, Dr. Anthony Hassan, and Dr. Eric Rice.
The conversation centered around bringing together capacity for innovative technology development, university research leadership, strong linkages with the military and the school’s long experience in professional training and credentialization of mental health professionals, especially social workers. The group also discussed a community capacity building model to prevent military suicides and the use of social networking.
The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) hosts a free screening of the acclaimed documentary RESTREPO, and Q & A session with award-winning photographer Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, author of War.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 – 7:00 to 9:00pm
University Park Campus
The Forum (4th Floor, Room 450)
at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
First 20 people will receive an autographed copy of the book WAR by Sebastian Junger, or Infidel by Tim Hetherington.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
For directions and parking information, see the interactive campus map.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Winner of the Sundance Festival’s 2010 Grand Jury Prize, RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 94-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
To learn more about RESTREPO, visit www.restrepothemovie.com
The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families hosts a free screening of the acclaimed documentary series, BAKER BOYS: INSIDE THE SURGE and a question-and-answer session with the film director and a member of the Baker Company immediately following.
The documentary series is an intimate, inside look at Baker Company, an elite group of Army soldiers on an extended tour in Iraq as they ‘surge’ into a notoriously dangerous Al Qaeda stronghold. Baker Boys: Inside the Surge was filmed over three months in 2008 by veteran combat photographer Jon Steele.
As the Baker Boys’ three-month deployment unfolds, viewers get a gripping look into the everyday lives of our soldiers on the front. The documentary features first-person, real-time storytelling as the soldiers of Baker Company negotiate new alliances with local Iraqi militias, pay off tribal sheiks for their cooperation, and deal with the fear and uncertainty of being thrust into the middle of counter-insurgency warfare, where money and trust are their most effective weapons. This is a deep, penetrating look into the life of a soldier that exposes the raw, personal emotion and the honest physical experience of combat soldiers operating in Iraq.
To learn more about the Baker Boys: Inside the surge, visit http://bakerboysmovie.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/bakerboysfan#!/bakerboysfan?v=wall
Friday, November 19, 2010 : 7:00pm to 9:30pm
University Park Campus
Andrus Gerontology Center
Leonard Davis Auditorium
Free to the Public
Guest parking available at Parking Structure A – Enter at the Vermont Avenue Entrance at 36th Place (Entrance 6). $6.00 for Guests. For directions, see the interactive campus map.
A story in Navy Times featured the USC School of Social Work’s master’s degree program in social work with a military specialization as an option for military spouses who would like to pursue a career in counseling, particularly with the military community. The story also mentioned that the school has launched a web-based program, and that the Department of Defense Education Activity has provided funding to the school for military social work interns to help military children and families in eight counties in the San Diego area. Paul Maiden and Anthony Hassan were both interviewed for the article.
To read the full Navy Times article, click here.
The USC School of Social Work, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, the USC School of Social Work Doctoral Program, and the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services invite you to attend the upcoming colloquium entitled:
Reconsidering Family Reintegration Following Following Return from Deployment
with Shelley M. MacDermid, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Director of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
Thursday, November 11, 2010
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
University Park Campus
Montgomery Ross Fisher Building
Hamovitch Research Center
Reception to Follow
All faculty, students, and the interested public are invited to attend. RSVP to email@example.com!
This presentation will be live streamed, as well as recorded for future viewing at: http://ondemand.usc.edu