Thursday, July 17, 2014

Official selection, CSWE 2014 Film Festival.

Take a sneak peek at the 12 films selected for the CSWE 2014 Film Festival that will be held at the Annual Program Meeting in Tampa in October. The annual film festival is part of CSWE’s ongoing efforts to showcase multimedia tools for social work educators that can enhance teaching and learning of social work concepts. The film topics featured in this year’s festival range from mental illness stigma and military sexual assault to LGBT issues in the African American community and older adults tackling technology. Audrey Geyer (director of Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience) earned her MSW from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, and Edgar Barens (filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall) is a visiting media specialist at the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Below: The trailer for Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists, one of the films selected for the CSWE 2014 Film Festival

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Make a Difference to Children Month: The Children's Bureau.

As July is Make a Difference to Children Month, it's fitting to remember the plight of young children that contributed to the establishment of the Children's Bureau in 1912.

1916 Children's Bureau Poster, Library of Congress

As this Children's Bureau poster from 1916 makes clear, a significant portion of deaths of children under age 2 was largely preventable. As Paul H. Stuart discusses in CSWE's Women and Children First: The Contribution of the Children's Bureau to Social Work Education, the bureau placed a high priority on initiatives involving maternal health and the health of the young child.

This concern is reflected in the 1919 film Our Children, commissioned by the bureau to promote children's health and shown in many rural areas in the United States.

Women & Children First,
ed. Alice Lieberman and
the late Kristine Nelson (CSWE Press)
Julia Lathrop,
first chief of
the Children's Bureau
(Library of Congress
In these remarks of April 9, 1962, on the occasion of the bureau's 50th anniversary, President John F. Kennedy noted the improvement in the child mortality rate when he stated that fewer than 3 babies out of 100 died in infancy (as compared to 10 in every 100 in 1912). In 2013, the rate was 6.05 deaths in every 1,000 births.