Brief & Brilliant Session

2019 Brief and Brilliant Presentation Videos – “I dream a world…”

Leading social work scholars engaged the audience through TedX-style talks using images, story-telling and media. Each speaker completed the statement “I dream a world…” to share the most important ideas facing social work research and practice. Sponsored by: University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work

Moderator: Kimberly Bender, PhD, University of Denver

Anita Barbee, PhD, University of Louisville

Kristie Seelman, PhD, Georgia State University

Henrika McCoy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mieko Yoshihama, PhD, Univeristy of Michigan

Call for Nominations

2019 SSWR Annual Conference

Brief & Brilliant Session

Deadline: September 4, 2018

Interested in reaching a broader audience with your work?

Invested in sharing your work with the public, decision makers, funders?

Self-nominate to speak in SSWR’s 3rd annual Brief & Brilliant Session.


The Brief & Brilliant session is a TedX-style event held annually at the SSWR conference that showcases social work scholarly talent. Five scholars will be selected to each give a 10-minute lightning talk, highlighting an idea from their area of work that is particularly important, relevant or intriguing.

The Brief & Brilliant session aims to translate social work research in order to engage a broad audience and emphasize the public relevance of this work. The goal is to emphasize the main conclusions of a scholar’s work (or the work of others in their area) rather than the methodological details behind it. Speakers will be provided with two training and support sessions (via video conference) where they will be coached to put aside their traditional academic slides of bulleted methods and, instead, prepare a talk that utilizes photos, images, storytelling, and media to engage their audience in understanding and connecting to their idea.

We are particularly interested in bold ideas related to this year’s conference theme: “Ending Gender Based, Family and Community Violence.”

If you are interested in speaking, please complete this short self-nomination form by Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Consider sending your colleagues interested in sharing their work in this innovative format this announcement and encouraging their self-nomination. Selected speakers will be notified by October 1st. Trainings will occur in November and December and talks will take place at SSWR in January 2019.

Questions: Contact Jennifer Lewis @

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