Global to Local Speaker Series

The Global to Local Speaker Series are monthly luncheons that highlight global topics through presentations by expert speakers.

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Nadine Shaanta Murshid, PhD introduces her presentation on intimate partner violence (approximately 2 minutes).

Bringing the world to the table

The Global to Local Speaker Series are one-hour presentations facilitated by an expert on a specific topic that has both global context and local relevance. Presentations are accompanied with lunch catered by a different local restaurant each month. These presentations provide an opportunity for students and staff to learn about international issues and how they can be understood through a social work lens.

The series aims to raise awareness of global issues among both students and the school as a whole. Past presentations subject include refugee trauma and torture, HIV prevention in Haiti, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Burmese community in Buffalo and Migrant Workers in Upstate New York. 

The monthly luncheons take place in Baldy Hall and are open to students, staff and community members.

Previous Luncheon Topics

  • Traditional Burmese Water Dance
  • LGBTQ Asylum Seekers in the U.S.
  • Conducting Research on Violence in the Global South
  • Self Care in Troubled Times
  • Working with Survivors of Torture
  • Racism and Emerging Technology
  • Environmental Justice and Safe Fishing Practices
  • Mental Health Services for Displaced Syrians