Former U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns Speaking in Jane Addams Lecture Series March 28


The Department of Social Work and the Student Social Work Organization will host former U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns, a social worker and community activist, as the speaker at the First Annual Jane Addams Lecture Series at Southeast Missouri State University on Wednesday, March 28.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 6 p.m. at the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center on Southeast’s River Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Towns is a social worker and 14-term veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as the lead sponsor for the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act. As a lawmaker, he worked diligently to ensure a competent workforce prepared to meet the ever-increasing demand for social work services. As a social worker, Towns understands the importance of community organizing and the value of professional social workers.

For more information, contact Dr. Judith Crocker-Billingsley at or call (803) 622-3683.