More or Lesser, Your Professor: A Conversation with Brenda Solomon, The University of Vermont School of Social Work

An Unsettling Decision About Who Could Speak and What Could be Said in Service of Putting Right Mistakes of Social Difference and Unjust Power Relations in the Classroom.  In this conversation, the speaker discusses an experience as a professor of social work in a graduate course, responding to a student’s forceful criticism of the professor’s position to critique taken-for-granted standards and practices. The professor did not interrupt the beleaguered student as she spoke up for the more normative standards with which she clearly identified. Several other students viewed the professor’s allowance as an abdication of the professor’s position to critique power relations and powerful discourses in class. The professor invites you to consider a run-on rhythmic recitation, a lament of a professor accounting for intersecting and contradicting ascending aspects of self and other that came into play as the professor participated, reacted, and later, reviewed what took place.



Dr. B Solomon, Associate Professor of Social Work at The University of Vermont and research faculty at ICSW, is an institutional ethnographer and social constructionist social work scholar who has written about institutional and discursive practices governing welfare and work, school violence, and front-line workers in security and loss.

When & Where

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
6:00 – 8:30 pm

At ICSW: Downtown Chicago
401 S. State St.
Suite 822
Chicago, IL 60605

Registration & CEUs

Registration: $35.00

Please email Shawna Jennings for reduced rate.

THIS EVENT IS AVAILABLE VIA LIVE STREAM – to stream this event, please complete registration and then contact Shawna Jennings.

Three Continuing Education Credits Available for LSW/LCSWs, LPC/LCPCs, et al.

The Institute for Clinical Social Work, License # 159-0000152, is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education Credits for the Illinois Department of Federal and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)


For questions or more information contact Shawna Jennings or 312-935-4234.