Art of Social Change: Selected Video Recordings, Spring 2017

Click below for video recordings of CAP’s course, “Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, and Juvenile Justice,” offered in spring 2017. Please note that not all classes were recorded, and some portions of particular videos have been edited.


Week 2: Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development, February 2, 2017


Guest Lecturer:

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

Class Readings: Reading Packet #2


Week 3: Education Reform from the Inside: Using the Power of a State Department of Education to Reform Failing Schools, February 9, 2017


Guest Lecturer:

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

Jeff Riley, Superintendent/Receiver, Lawrence Public Schools

Class Readings: Reading Packet #3


Week 4: Child Welfare Reform: Birth Match as an Approach to Early Intervention, February 16, 2017


Guest Lecturers: 

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

Class Readings: Reading Packet #4


Week 5: Youth Homelessness: Problems and Solutions, February 23, 2017

Guest Lecturers:

Sam Greenberg, Co-Executive Director, Y2Y Harvard Square

Sarah Rosenkrantz, Co-Executive Director, Y2Y Harvard Square (unable to attend)

Kelly Turley, Director of Legislative Advocacy, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Tina Giarla, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Class Readings: Reading Packet #5


Week 6: LGBT Youth Rights: Reflecting on Progress and Outlining the Work Ahead, March 6, 2017

Guest Lecturers:

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

Class Readings: Reading Packet #6


Week 7: Education Reform from the Outside: Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy, and Systemic Reform Litigation, March 9, 2017

Guest Lecturers:

John Affeldt, Managing Attorney and Education Program Director, Public Advocates Inc.

Katy Nuñez-Adler, Community Organizer, Oakland Community Organizations

Class Readings: Reading Packet #7


Week 8: Reducing Youth Violence: BAM! and WOW!, March 23, 2017


Guest Lecturers:

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

Class Readings: Reading Packet #8


Week 9: Cause Lawyering, March 30, 2017


Guest Lecturers:

Scott Cummings, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Oren Nimni, Movement Lawyer and Founding Steering Committee Member, Law For Black Lives

Purvi Shah, Co-Founder, Law For Black Lives (unable to attend)

Class Readings: Reading Packet #9


Week 10: Reforming Juvenile Sex Offender Registry Laws, April 6, 2017


Guest Lecturers:

Nicole Pittman, Director, Center on Youth Registration Reform, Impact Justice

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

Class Readings: Reading Packet #10


Week 11: A Lawyer’s Journey Through Education and Juvenile Justice Reform, April 13, 2017

Guest Lecturer:

James Forman, Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Class Readings: Reading Packet #11


Week 12: Child Welfare Challenges: The Use and Misuse of Science and Medical Expertise in Connection With Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome), April 20, 2017


Guest Lecturers:

Sanjay Gupta, Neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN  (unable to attend)

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

Sameer Sabir, Parent and Community Activist

Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Health Resources in Action (Boston), and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy (Washington DC)

Class Readings: Reading Packet #12