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SPEA Public Affairs Week at IU Northwest to feature law-enforcement panel, evening with U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky

Child abuse forum, presentation by EPA representative also part of annual civic event series in April

The Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs will host a series of timely and incisive events next month as part of its Public Affairs Week 2009.

This year’s lineup of programs begins Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., with the panel discussion “Changes in Law Enforcement: Perspectives on the First 100 Days.” This event, which takes place in Room 107 Hawthorn Hall, will feature Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter, Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez, and Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller. Seating is first-come, first-served for this event.

On Friday, April 3, in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, SPEA and the Division of Social Work, in cooperation with many area organizations, will present the 19th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect. The theme for this year’s free program is “Child Abuse and Neglect in Indiana and Lake County: Notes for Challenging Times.”

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with networking and registration in the Savannah Auditorium. Advance registration is required no later than Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m., in order to reserve a boxed lunch and seating in the continuing-education sessions. Email registration is preferred at, but participants may also call in their reservations to The Villages’ Portage office at (219) 762-3465.

Continuing-education sessions available this year include: Child Welfare Funding in Challenging Times; What in the World Happened to this Child?; Keeping Children Safe: Local Initiatives; Domestic Violence and Child Abuse; and CASA vs. DCS: What’s the Beef?. For complete session descriptions, visit the IUN home page at

On Tuesday, April 7, SPEA and IU Northwest will welcome U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky to campus for the program “Change in Washington and the Outlook for Northwest Indiana: The First 100 Days.” The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, with a reception to be held for Rep. Visclosky beginning at 6 p.m. In addition to Rep. Visclosky, there will be several other local speakers during the event. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

On Wednesday, April 8, SPEA will conclude Public Affairs Week by welcoming Ted Coopwood, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Programs, for the program “Protecting the Health of Children in an Ever-Changing Environment.” This event will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 107 Hawthorn Hall. Seating is first-come, first-served.

For more information on Public Affairs Week, contact Sandra Hall Smith, SPEA assistant to the dean for graduate programs and outreach, at (219) 980-6695, or email her at



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