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Seeking Social Good: A Life Worth Living: Living and Working Overseas Volume 4 - Living and Working Overseas

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Seeking Social Good: A Life Worth Living: Living and Working Overseas Volume 4 - Living and Working Overseas

John Lawrence

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Seeking Social Good is a wide-ranging autobiography of the career, life and times of Australia’s first professor of social work, and pioneer social policy scholar. It is well-organised, carefully referenced, and enlivened by the author’s photographs. The work is organised into 6 volumes – ‘Getting Educated’, ‘A Career Under Way’, ‘Working in Australia’, ‘Living and Working Overseas’, ‘Working with International Organisations’, and ‘Disengaging from Work and Later Life’. Each is substantial and is worth reading in its own right, as well as being integral to the whole story. ‘Later Life’ in the final volume is told largely through the author’s photos. Australia’s first professor of social work and pioneer social policy scholar gives an account of what is entailed in periodically living and working overseas – an important part of an academic’s professional and family life. The special significance of the sabbatical year at the University of Michigan in 1967 has already been described in the ‘Career Under Way’ volume (Vol 2). In mid-1974, a family camping trip in Europe preceded living on York University campus for six months. Both in 1983 and again in 1987/88, a year was spent in the USA by the author and his wife adding to their Michigan year. 1983 was divided between Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. A prestigious appointment 1987/88 at Hunter College in New York proved richly rewarding professionally and personally. In the first half of 1990, the author helped to develop a social work doctoral program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and then taught a professional ethics course on a teaching exchange at the University of Stockholm. The author’s careful records have provided insight into periodically living in other social, cultural and academic environments.

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