New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Silver School of Social Work Celebrates Fifty Years

October 19, 2010

The NYU Silver School of Social Work is marking its 50th anniversary in 2010. Over the course of the year, the School has celebrated its history with special events and lectures.

The year’s commemoration will culminate with the Fiftieth Anniversary Benefit Celebration on November 10. The event will feature a conversation, moderated by the dean, Lynn Videka, with: New York University President John Sexton; Henry Louis Gates Jr., literary critic and host of the PBS series “Faces of America;” and Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice. Cocktails and a dinner, emceed by the CBS Early Show anchor Harry Smith, will follow.

“This anniversary has provided us the chance to reflect on the School’s accomplishments and commitment to social justice while looking to our future,” said Dean Videka. “Today the social work vision is more important than ever before. We are the professionals educated to provide high-quality clinical care for a variety of human needs; and we are change agents for social empowerment, advocating for progressive social policies and services.”

The School has educated over 13,000 social work practitioners and leaders in every field of practice. It launched a major fundraising drive last fall to raise scholarship funds, with the goal of 100 percent participation of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the School. Over $1.25 million was raised in the 2009-10 academic year.

Events have included lecture series—with speakers from both inside and outside New York University—and a reception last summer in the Edward Hopper Studio with Lynn Gumpert, director of the Grey Art Gallery. 

Last spring, students, alumni, faculty, and staff participated in the Silver Search, a mobile-based scavenger hunt around the NYU campus and Greenwich Village in search of 10 social work landmarks. To commemorate the graduation of the School’s 50th class in May, graduates heard from Porter Kirkwood Jr, a member of the Class of 1961.

The November 10 panel discussion with Sexton, Gates, and Gilligan will address the dynamics of race and gender in society. Eleanore Korman, former administrator and dean, and Judy Tobias Davis, former School fundraiser, will be honored at the dinner.

 “The Silver School certainly would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of Elly Korman and Judy Tobias Davis,” said Videka. “With combined tenures spanning over 50 years, it is a great pleasure to publicly recognize these extraordinary women’s critical contributions during this milestone year in the School’s history.”

To learn more about the Silver School of Social Work’s 50th anniversary, including information about upcoming events and the Fiftieth Anniversary Benefit Celebration, please visit the School website.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
NYUToday-feature, Around the Square, Graduate, Silver School of Social Work, Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

Silver School of Social Work Celebrates Fifty Years

The current home of the Silver School of Social Work.


Search News



NYU In the News

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi

The New York Times profiled Bill Bragin who will become the first executive artistic director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s new performing arts center.

Think Tank to Ponder a Future for Ballet

The New York Times profiled Jennifer Homans, the director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

Popular Science named Assistant Bioengineering Professor Jonathan Viventi as one of its “brilliant ten” for his research into brain implants that could one day halt epileptic episodes:

Living and Leaving the Dream: Adrian Cardenas’ Journey from the Major Leagues to College

The New York Times ran a feature on Adrian Cardenas, a former major league baseball player who is now studying philosophy and creating writing at NYU.

NYU Footer