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Past Events

Jaha Dukreh, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, visits campus for lecture series

Jaha Dukureh, GSW alumna and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, visited campus during Presidential Investiture Week to speak at the annual Griffin Bell Convocation and Distinguished Lecture Series.

Check out Jaha’s interview with the School of Business here.

Jaha Interview

Dr. Monica Carol Miller visits campus for lecture

On October 17, GSW welcomed Dr. Monica Carol Miller to campus. Miller gave a talk entitled "She Let Herself Go: The Ugly Plots of Southern Women Writers." The talk focused on how southern women writers from Lee Smith to Zora Neale Hurston have written women characters perceived as “ugly.” Her work looks at how these characters have often used their outsider status to establish positions of power. After the discussion, Miller answered questions from a lively audience consisting of faculty, staff, students and members of the community. Afterwards, she signed copies of her book Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion. The lecture was sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages and the McKissack Fund.

Miller

RCI holds 31st annual Summit

On October 25-26, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) hosted a summit to celebrate 31 years of commitment to family, volunteer and professional caregivers. Held on GSW’s campus, the summit featured a welcome address from GSW Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Suzanne Smith; a keynote address by Mike Daly, an Alzheimer’s caregiver featured on “60 Minutes” over a 10-year period while taking care of his wife Carol; remarks from David McGuffey, elder law attorney; Beth Dow, owner and educator at Solutions by Beth and panelists made up of caregivers to persons with a variety of illnesses and disabilities, among others.

The Summit kicked off on Oct. 25 with a screening of the film The Weight of Honor followed by a Q&A session with the film's director/executive producer, Stephanie Howard.

The Weight of Honor is the first documentary film to capture the lives of families caring for catastrophically wounded veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documentary from Core Issue Productions, was filmed over five years and follows the lives of caregivers of catastrophically injured veterans. Overnight, their lives are transformed to becoming 24/7 caregivers to their war-wounded family members.

Caregivers frequently are depicted as merely characters in the background of their veterans care plan. However, this film takes on a more up close and personal approach, giving caregivers a voice, showing their struggles, successes, and the challenges that accompany military caregiving. RCI’s signature military program, Operation Family Caregiver, provides free, one-on-one coaching to caregivers facing these struggles.

Those who care for individuals with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities benefited from interactive workshops and panel discussions held Oct. 26 that offered tips and tactics for coping with the stressors and practical challenges of caregiving. All sessions covered a broad range of inspiring discussions considered solutions to frequent challenges, raised the visibility of caregiver needs and stimulated connections among natural partners.

At a celebratory dinner on October 26, Mrs. Carter bestowed awards to eight extraordinary caregivers and one community-based organization who exemplify excellence in caregiving.

RCI Summit 2018


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