The Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sanford Schram spent much of the winter holiday traveling abroad, at the invitation of two universities in Austria and one in Australia. During these visits, Schram spoke about his new book, Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race, co-authored with Joe Soss and Richard Fording and published by the University of Chicago Press in the fall of 2011.
On Jan. 6, Schram spoke at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Last month, he spoke in Austria about the book, first at the University of Vienna on Dec. 14 and then at Johannes Kepler University in Linz on Dec. 16. He will return to Linz for the first three weeks of June 2012 to lead the final sessions of a comparative seminar on social-welfare policy where students will draw on Disciplining the Poor among other sources for their term papers.
Upcoming events include a Jan. 14 roundtable about the book in Washington, D.C., at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research. This roundtable will be recorded, transcribed, and printed as a symposium in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Additional roundtables are planned for the spring at conferences and presentations at venues including the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Alabama.