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Social welfare in Africa topic of Kennedy Center lecture Sept. 16

Margie Maistry, professor of social development at the University of Fort Hare in East London, South Africa, will speak Friday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m., in 238 Herald R. Clark Building for an Area Focus Lecture.

The topic of her lecture will be “Social Welfare and Social Development: The Challenges for Social Work and Community Development Education in a Democratic South Africa.” It will be hosted by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

Maistry’s research interests include community development and developmental welfare; identity, culture, feminism and gender studies; spirituality and human values; development of indigenous knowledge; and participatory action research and learning methods.

She previously served as the Africa region program manager for Volunteer Service Abroad based in Wellington, New Zealand. This service organization works in partnership with local communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Maistry received a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of South Africa and a master’s degree in social science, specifically women and gender studies, from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She also received a doctorate in social and community development education from the University of Fort Hare.

This lecture will be archived online. For more information on Kennedy Center

events, see the calendar and news online at kennedy.byu.edu.

Writer: Angela Fischer

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