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Mimi Abramovitz, DSW

Opening Keynote Speaker

"A New New Deal? Making Sense of Three Major U-turns in Social Welfare Policy"

Thursday, April 15, 1PM (1.5 CEs)


Dr. Abramovitz is the Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor at the Hunter School of Social Work and an internationally recognized expert on issues of gender, race, and social welfare policy. She received her DSW in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Dr. Abramovitz is the author of several influential books including Regulating The Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present, and Taxes Are a Women’s Issue: Reframing The Debate. The Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights named Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the US an "Outstanding Book."

Dr. Abramovitz is currently writing an exciting new book: Gendered Obligations: The History of Activism Among Poor and Working Class Women in the US Since 1900. Widely used in social work programs, her books are regularly adopted in women's studies, sociology, and history courses. She has written over 75 scholarly articles as well as policy reports and is a frequent public speaker, media expert, and consultant.

Both a scholar and an activist, Dr. Abramovitz co-founded the Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College and works on research and advocacy with various grass roots and community-based organizations. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals relating to social work, social policy, and the welfare of women, and has also held positions on organizational boards, task forces and committees relating to her areas of expertise.


Dr. Abramovitz will be presenting the keynote address "A new New Deal? Making sense of three major u-turns in Social Welfare Policy":

The US welfare state has been under attack from both sides of the aisle since the mid-1970s. The question facing us today is whether or not the 2008 economic meltdown ushered in a new New Deal? To help us answer this question, Dr. Abramovitz uses the lens of history and empirical data to show how and why prior economic crisis profoundly shaped the U.S. scale, scope and direction of the US welfare state.

Symposium 2010 Keynote PowerPoint

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