Art: Speaker Schedule – Spring 2017

Below is the spring 2017 schedule for Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice.  The class meets Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 PM at Harvard Law School. Please check back later this fall for the classroom location and course syllabus.

Class Date Topic Guest Lecturers
1 Jan 26 Course Overview Elizabeth Bartholet, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School

Crisanne Hazen, Assistant Director, Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School

2 Feb 2 Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development Charles Nelson, Professor of Pediatrics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Education, Harvard University; Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital
3 Feb 9 Using the Power of the State Education Agency to Change the Course of Education for Underserved Children Rhoda Schneider, General Counsel and Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Ventura Rodriguez, Director, Office of Strategic Transformation, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

4 Feb 16 Birth Match: Intent and Application of Systemic Change in Child Welfare Systems Richard Barth, Dean and Professor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

John Mattingly, Former Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Colin Parks, State Manager, Children’s Protective Services Program Office, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

5 Feb 23 Youth Homelessness: Problems and Solutions Sam Greenberg, Co-Executive Director, Y2Y Harvard Square
Sarah Rosenkrantz, Co-Executive Director, Y2Y Harvard Square
Kelly Turley, Director of Legislative Advocacy, Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless
6 Mar 2 LGBT Youth Rights: Reflecting on Progress and Outlining the Work Ahead Douglas NeJaime, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Faculty Director, The Williams Institute 

Dan Zhou, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School and LGBT Activist in China

7 Mar 9 Education Reform:  Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy, and Systemic Reform Litigation
John Affeldt, Managing Attorney and Education Program Director, Public Advocates Inc.

Katy Nuñez-Adler, Attorney, Oakland Community Organizations
8 Mar 23 Youth Violence: BAM! WOW! and the Practice of Reducing Youth Violence Anthony Ramirez-Di Vittorio, Anthony Ramirez-Di Vittorio, Founder, Becoming A Man (BAM), and Director, BAM Training Academy, Youth Guidance
Anthony Watson, Director, Becoming a Man (BAM), Youth Guidance
Gail Day, Program Manager, Working on Womanhood (WOW), Youth Guidance
9 Mar 30 Movement Lawyering Scott Cummings, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Purvi Shah, Co-Founder, Law 4 Black Lives

10 Apr 6 Reforming Juvenile Sex Offender Registry Laws Nicole Pittman, Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform, Impact Justice

Marsha Levick, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, and Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center

11 Apr 13 A Lawyer’s Journey to Creating Education and Juvenile Justice Reform James Forman, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School
12 Apr 20 Abusive Head Trauma: The Use and Misuse of Medical Experts to Contradict Medical Findings Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN 

Martha Coakley, Attorney at Foley Hoag, LLP and former Attorney General of Massachusetts

Sameer Sabir, Parent and Community Activist