Leading physician, author and social educator Dr. Henry Foster will address the topic, "Eliminating Health Disparities in the U.S.," on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium as part of the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science (SPEA) Public Affairs Week at IU Northwest. This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Programming Group of the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning, Student Activity Fund Trustees, Public Affairs Club, Pre-Professional Studies Club, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
"We are very pleased to bring such a prominent national figure to northwest Indiana," said George Lord, Ph.D., campus dean and director of the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science. "At this time each year we celebrate the public service contributions of professionals in the public and not-for-profit sectors of our society. Dr. Foster joins a long list of major figures who have participated in our Public Affairs Week."
Dr. Foster is nationally known for his work in obstetrics and gynecology, having developed a national model for regionalized perinatal health care systems, as well as a teen pregnancy reduction plan. Foster served as President Clinton’s Senior Advisor on Teen Pregnancy Reduction and Youth Issues from 1996-2001 and in 1995 was nominated by Clinton for the post of U.S. Surgeon General.
In its 15th year, Public Affairs Week will take place from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8.
• Attend one or all of a series of public lectures offered by SPEA faculty. On Tuesday, April 5 from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Hawthorn Hall, rm 107, Assistant Professor Jacqueline Mullany will present "Special Category Offenders in Institutional Corrections." On Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Lindenwood Hall, rm 120, Assistant Professor Ellen Szarleta will address the issue "Negotiating Municipal Redevelopment: Environmental Concerns." Also on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in Raintree Hall, rm 209, Assistant Professor Susan Zinner will open her ethics class with the discussion "Applied Ethics: A Case Study Using the Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal." Lastly on Thursday, April 7 in Raintree Hall, rm 145, Associate Professor George Assibey-Mensah will discuss "The Public in Public Governance: Public Administration without the Public."
• SPEA faculty members will participate in a forum entitled "Reviews and Reflections on Parker J. Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach." Join them on Wednesday, April 6 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, rm 330. The panel is made up of SPEA faculty members: Karen Evans, Ph.D., Richard Hug, Ph.D., Ellen Szarleta, J.D./Ph.D., and Susan Zinner, JD. Each year members of the SPEA faculty choose a book on teaching to read and study together. This year the faculty chose Parker J. Palmer’s The Courage to Teach. Following an overview of the book, the panel will focus on individual chapters and review how those chapters have affected their approaches to teaching. The session will conclude with some summary thoughts on implications for teaching in public affairs courses and for college teaching and the academic life in general. This session is co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
• Attend the 15th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect on Friday, April 8.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. for registration, coffee and donuts the annual forum will take place in the Savannah Center Auditorium. At 9 a.m. a panel will address the state’s perspective on this important issue. At 10:45 a.m. a separate panel will present the Local Perspective. In between these panels, the children of the Child Care Center at IU Northwest will give a special presentation. Panelists representing the state perspective are: Dean Michael Patchner, the Chair of the Indiana Commission on Abuse and Neglect, Andrea Marshall, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Judge James W.
Payne, Director of Indiana Department of Child Services, and Denise Travis, Ph.D., the director of Social Work at IU Northwest. Local perspective presenters are: Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Purdue University Calumet, Bruce Hillman, Director of the Lake County Office of Family and Children, Wendy Kaplan of Healthy Families Lake County, and Karen Dowler, President of Prevent Child Abuse Lake County.
"We have three objectives during our week," says Lord. "First, we want people to understand that there is important work to do in government and the nonprofit sector." Lord adds that the second and third objectives are the desire "to generate discussion of important issues of public affairs" and to encourage "our very best people to consider public service as career professionals or volunteers."
Public Affairs Week events are free and open to the public. For these events, normal parking restrictions are waived. Attendees may park in any available space usually reserved for employees and students. IU Northwest is located at 3400 Broadway, Gary, Ind. For more information, please call the division office at (219) 980-6695.