At a time when many families are adjusting to soldiers returning from combat, significant job layoffs, foreclosures on home mortgages, high rates of crime, and interpersonal violence, there is an increased demand for social workers. NC State’s Department of Social Work has increased enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs to meet that demand. We are preparing the next generation of practitioners to help people deal with the aftermath of trauma.
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Local and Mobile, an international conference being held at NC State University, brings researchers from a range of disciplines together to discuss how mobile technologies--from smart phones to GPS devices--are changing our thinking about our own identities, our sense of privacy, our notions of place and space, our civic and political participation, our policy making, and our everyday consumption. Adriana de Souza e Silva, associate professor in NC State's Department of Communication, is chairing the conference.
Mark Kurlansky is the keynote speaker at the "Food and History: From Theory to Practice" conference being held at NC State May 4 - 5. Kurlansky is the best-selling author of “Cod,” “Salt,” “The Big Oyster” and other books focused on the story (and history) of food. He is the winner of the James Beard Award for food writing and the Bon Appetit Food Writer of the Year, among other awards. We recently caught up with Kurlansky to ask him a few questions about food ... and history.