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What We Believe: A History of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work: 1909-2007

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"We believe that progress can be made toward our goals by the intelligent application of knowledge. We are a dynamic profession, refusing to accept the cynicism and pessimism of some of our contemporaries."


This quote, from former Brown School Dean Benjamin E. Youngdahl, rings as true today as it did when he delivered the speech titled "What We Believe" in 1952.

"What We Believe" is also the title of a new book that chronicles the nearly 100 years of social work education at Washington University in St. Louis.

The book begins with a 
look at poverty and early social work education in St. Louis and concludes with a snapshot of more recent accomplishments and a look toward the school's future.

Threaded throughout are milestones and themes in social work education and related policy, as well as first-person accounts and vignettes from alumni and current and former faculty.

If you are interested in the history of social work, this book is the perfect addition to your collection. 

Download and complete the order form below to receive your copy.

Questions?  Contact Daniel Miller
 in the Office of Alumni and Development at 314-935-7128 or  



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