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Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture Series


In recognition of Carl A. Scott's groundbreaking contributions to CSWE and the profession of social work, the Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture was established to continue his legacy of equity and social justice in social work through building knowledge and furthering the well-being of individuals and their communities. A list of the previous Carl A. Scott Memorial lecturers is available here.

This year’s lecture will be given at the CSWE 2019 Annual Program Meeting (APM) in Denver, Colorado. Lecturers are individuals who contribute to the development of knowledge, practice, and service effectiveness designed to promote diversity and social and economic justice and further community and individual well-being.
Cornelius_hi_res.jpgCSWE is pleased to announce Dr. Llewellyn Cornelius, University of Georgia professor, director of the Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights, and Minority Fellowship Program alumnus, as the lecturer for the 2019 Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture series. Dr. Cornelius has taught more than 2,200 MSW students in the second largest MSW program in the United States and has been recognized as the fifth most-cited African American scholar in social work.

Dr. Cornelius' lecture, titled “Social Work Education and Our Role as Social Justice Liberators,” will be given during the APM on Friday, October 25 at 8:15 am.


Selection Criteria

Selection is based on each nominee’s body of scholarly work, which should demonstrate

  • accomplishments consistent with the values of social work education, research, and practice;
  • a focus on equity, diversity, and social and economic justice;
  • a seminal contribution to human rights in social work education and/or practice;
  • attention to critical issues of our time; and 
  • demonstrate a connection to the conference theme, Looking Back, Looking Forward.


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