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Enduring Legacy of Social Worker and Holocaust Survivor Louis Lowy to be Discussed at Ramapo College of New Jersey

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 1, 2012

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella(MAHWAH, NJ) – Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, Associate Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Professor of Social Work at St. Joseph College, Connecticut will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on March 5, 1-2 p.m. in the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Alumni Lounge (SC138) under the auspices of the Social Work Club, Hillel and the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College.

Gardella will discuss her recent book “The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy: Social Work through the Holocaust” (Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2011).

Louis Lowy (1920-1991), an international social worker and gerontologist, recorded an oral narrative that explores his activities during the Holocaust as the formative experiences of his career in caring for youth in concentration camps, leading an escape from a death march, and forming the self-government of a Jewish displaced persons center.

Drawing on Lowy’s oral narrative and accounts of other Holocaust survivors who witnessed his work, Gardella offers a rich portrait of Lowy’s legacy. In chronicling his life, she also uncovers a larger story about Jewish history and the meaning of the Holocaust in the development of the social work profession.

Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella received her undergraduate training at Smith College, and received both her Masters in Social Work and a law degree at the University of Connecticut. She has served in leadership positions in national social work organizations, including President, Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Directors; Board of Directors, Council on Social Work Education; and Chair, National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund.

Her first book, “A Dream and A Plan: A Woman’s Path to Leadership in Human Services” (2004), follows the professional journeys of multicultural women leaders in order to encourage women to enter management positions.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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