UK College of Social Work Hosting 22nd Annual Rosenstein Lecture

New York Times Best-selling author and award-winning columnist Juan Williams to be featured speaker.
UK CoSW to host Rosenstein Lecture on April 18.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2024) — On Thursday, April 18, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) will hold the 22nd Annual Irma Sarett Rosenstein Lecture. This year’s event, featuring journalist and columnist Juan Williams, will take place at 8 a.m. in the Gatton Student Center (Grand Ballroom AB).

The lecture is named for Lexington social worker Irma Sarett Rosenstein. Until her passing in 2015, she led the fight against social injustice in Central Kentucky. The lecture, intended to celebrate Rosenstein’s remarkable legacy, will feature a national voice on positive social change.

In addition to being an award-winning columnist, Williams is a New York Times best-selling author for his book, “Eyes on the Prize” America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965,” a companion to the documentary series of the same name about the civil rights movement.

During his 23 year-career, Williams has served as a investigative journalist, White House correspondent, editorial writer, columnist and magazine writer — interviewing U.S. presidents and members of the Supreme Court and Congress, as well as civil rights and global leaders.

“The Irma Rosenstein Lecture Series encapsulates all that is social work, and we look forward to continuing to bring these experiences to our communities for many years to come.” Jay Miller, dean of the CoSW, said. “We would like to thank the Rosenstein family for their ongoing support and partnership in providing what is sure to be a thought-provoking and insightful lecture.”  

This year’s Rosenstein Lecture is being held as part of the 2024 UNITE Research Showcase, which aims to elevate and promote the importance of research and critical inquiry across the Commonwealth.  

The lecture and showcase are free and open to UK faculty, staff, students, affiliates and partners.

More about Rosenstein

Rosenstein was a social worker at UK Chandler Hospital and taught in the CoSW, where she worked closely with the first dean of the college, Ernest Witte. She is well-remembered for bringing an ethos of openness and clarity to the college and community issues.

Rosenstein did not shirk from addressing racism. She was the driving force behind the Kentucky Conference of Christians and Jews — now called the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice (KCCJ). The organization is dedicated to building community. Rosenstein also hosted one of social work’s most prominent leaders, Whitney Young, at a KCCJ dinner when no public places outside of UK were desegregated.

Thanks to a generous gift from Rosenstein and her family in 2002, the CoSW has been providing research-based and practice-driven lectures by distinguished national speakers each year on UK’s campus.

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For 85 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the University, CoSW is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. We are fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.