2016 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture, UW Wisconsin Madison Laliberte Rudman

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2016 Caroline Thompson Memorial Lecture

Guest Lecturer:

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Ph.D., OT Reg. (Ont.)
Associate Professor | School of Occupational Therapy and the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program (Occupational Science field) in the Faculty of Health Sciences
​The University of Western Ontario

Title of Keynote Talk:

“​Addressing occupation as situated: Potential contributions of transformative occupation-focused scholarship and practice”
Attention to social relations of power is essential if the study of occupation is to critically raise awareness of the mechanisms through which occupational injustices are shaped and perpetuated and, in turn, inform practice aimed at transforming socio-political practices, systems and structions to create more occupational just conditions.  In this talk, key conceptual foundations for transformative occupation-based scholarship and practice will be reviewed, and examples from the author's work addressing how ageism shapes and bounds occupational possibilities will be provided.  Overall, the work highlights the importance of politicizing occupation to advance occupation-focused tranformative research and practice.

Event Details:

Thursday, ​September 15, 2016 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.

HF DeLuca Forum | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Schedule of events

5:00-5:45 p.m. Networking, Appetizers and MSOT Student Research Presentations
5:45-6:00 p.m. Welcome 
6:00-6:20 p.m. Caroline Thompson Research Presentation
6:20-6:30 p.m. Preceptor Award presentation
6:30-7:30 p.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Debbie Laliberte Rudman
7:30-7:45 p.m. Discussion
7:45-8:00 p.m. Alumni Recognition

About the Speaker

Dr. Rudman is an Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program (Occupational Science field) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario.  A core aspect of her program of research as addressed the contemporary socio-political reconfiguration and individual negotiation of aging, retirement and later life work.  She is currently Principal Investigator for a 3-year cross-national research study titled, "Possibilities and Boundaries in the Socio-Political Shaping of Unemployment" funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Dr. Rudman has been an educator in occupational therapy for just over 20 years and took a lead role in establishing the first Canadian doctoral-level graduate program.  She has had the honor of delivering both the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA Ruth Zemke Lectureship in Occupational Science and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientist's Townsend Polatajko Lectureship.  She has chaired the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists' National Certification Exam committee and is current Item Generation Coordinator for this examination.

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