'The Paradox of Change: Using Migration to Consider the Disruptive and Constructive Power of Change'

Contemplating change as both a powerful tool of construction and a disruptive act, Susan Schmidt, Luther assistant professor of social work, will present Luther College's opening Paideia Texts and Issues Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus.

A reception will follow in the Center for Faith and Life Qualley Lounge. Both events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Schmidt's lecture, titled "The Paradox of Change: Using Migration to Consider the Disruptive and Constructive Power of Change," focuses on response to change, both good and bad. Specifically, Schmidt utilized interviews with Central American and Mexican children who migrated alone to explore how people respond to change beyond their control. Using "planned change process" administered by social workers, Schmidt will discuss how being intentional can lead to a positive effect in regards to change.

Schmidt is in her second year as an assistant professor of social work at Luther. Prior to that, she taught at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, Our Lady of the Lake University and the College of St. Scholastica.

As a senior research consultant, she co-authored the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, "Children on the Run." She also co-authored and was a research coordinator for "Seeking Asylum Alone," a US Report project. Working as a consultant, Schmidt was involved with the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago and was a director of children's services for the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service.

Schmidt received master's degrees from the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Boston University School of Theology. She holds a doctorate in social work from the St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School for Social Work.

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