February 13, 2012
Social Work Professor Jim Torczyner, McGill University, is spending two days on campus presenting on the Middle East and human rights issues. Torczyner is the founder of Project Genesis, founder and director of the Montreal Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy Training, and Founder and Director of the McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building (MMEP). On February 23, Torczyner will present “Community Organization and Peace Building Across National Borders: Creating Engaged Citizenry in the Middle East” at 6:30 p.m. in Wyckoff Auditorium. On February 24, he will participate in a brown-bag panel, “Borders, Within and Without.” The panel presentation, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. in Chardin 143, includes Professors Phil Thompson, College of Science and Engineering, and Phil Barclift, College of Arts and Sciences. Both events are free and open to the public. “For more than 15 years, Torczyner has taken the fundamentals of human rights advocacy and put them on the ground in Israel, Palestine and Jordan,” said Professor Riva Zeff, Field Director in the Social Work Department. Alumni from MMEP's International MSW Fellowship at McGill University have built a network of centers across the Middle East to advance social justice. The centers assist more than 120,000 people each year through advocacy, outreach, and community organizing services. The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The Social Work program received a perfect re-accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.
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