Art: Speaker Schedule Spring 2018

Below is the spring 2018 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 in WCC 2012. Please see the Course Syllabus for further details.

Class Date Topic Guest Lecturers
1 Jan 25 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 1 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

Claudia Postelnicescu, Claudia M. Postelnicescu Law Office, Bucharest, Romania

3 Feb 8 Child Welfare: Foster Care System Reform Deborah Dentler, Attorney, Law Office of Deborah Dentler

Garrett Therolf, Senior Investigative Reporter, University of California, Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program and Common Sense Media

Mark Hamlin, HLS ’16, Associate Attorney, Baker Botts LLP

4 Feb 15 Addressing the Cycle of Poverty:  YouthBuild and “Opportunity Youth” Dorothy Stoneman, Founder, YouthBuild USA, Inc. and Senior Advisor, Opportunity Youth United

James Mackey, Adam Strong, and Brandon Menjares, YouthBuild Graduates

5 Feb 22 Child Welfare: The Intersection of Child Maltreatment and Parental Substance Abuse The Hon. Jeri Cohen, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, FL

Frank Vandervort, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

6 Mar 1 Education: Integration and other Strategies to Improve Disadvantaged Schools Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of Schools, Dallas Independent School District

Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

7 Mar 8 Education: Strategies to Protect and Enhance Opportunities for Vulnerable Youth Populations Matt Cregor, Education Project Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN

8 Mar 22 Education:  Systemic Reform Litigation, Policy Advocacy, and Community Organizing John Affeldt, Managing Attorney and Education Program Director, Public Advocates Inc.

Saa’un Bell, Strategy Director, Californians for Justice

9 Mar 29 Education:  Reforming Special Education Schools Stan Eichner, Director of Litigation, Disability Law Center

Jenifer McKim, Senior Investigative Reporter, New England Center for Investigative Reporting

10 Apr 5 Juvenile Justice:  A Successful Litigation Campaign to Eliminate the Juvenile Death Penalty and Life Without Parole Marsha Levick, Co-Founder, Deputy Director, and Chief Counsel, Juvenile Law Center
11 Apr 12 Juvenile Justice:  Ending Solitary Confinement through Public-Private Partnerships Jason Szanyi, Deputy Director, Center for Children’s Law and Policy

Peter Forbes, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

12 Apr 19 Juvenile Justice:  Working from the Inside to Achieve Reform




Tim Decker, Director, Missouri Children’s Division and former Director of Missouri’s Department of Youth Services

Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia School of Social Work