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The 22nd Annual Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship and Community Building Workshops 
School of Occupational Therapy - Dallas

February 13, 2015 

Susan Coppola, MS, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA
Global Perspectives on Aging: Lessons in Culture and Ethics for Occupational Therapy

Dr. Case-SmithGlobal aging is generating unprecedented questions about how societies can promote human flourishing for individuals and for communities. Occupational therapy contributes to the lives of older people and families through enabling participation in occupations on individual and community levels.  Occupational therapy therefore enacts a form of justice. Yet, in cross-cultural encounters the meaning of justice can be less clear, given diversity of world views.  In these situations occupational therapists should feel challenged to know how to approach or even make sense of the "right thing to do" given an unfamiliar cultural context.  The uncertainty of cross-cultural situations gives rise to the imperative and the opportunity for occupational therapy as a profession to critically examine ethical underpinnings of our practices that have emerged largely from Westernized culture.  Reflecting on international stories of occupational therapy encounters with older adults, this lecture will explore and question the ethics that inform and therefore define our profession.  

About the Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship
The Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship was established in 1994 to honor the first program director of occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University, Fanny B. Vanderkooi. It celebrates the School of Occupational Therapy’s legacy of commitment to vision, professional values, and leadership development in occupational therapy education, practice and research. The 2014 event was attended by 295 occupational therapy professionals, inclusive of students. 

Founders - Vanderkooi Endowment        Vanderkooi 2014 Advisory Committee
Roland and Virginia Chandler Dykes Lucy Aguirre-Kelley
George and Grace Gilkeson Regina Michael Campbell, Chairperson
Bonnie Strauss Catherine Candler
  Virginia Chandler Dykes
Adele Polk
Bonnie Strauss
Noralyn Pickens

 Previous Vanderkooi Lecturers

1994 Lela Llorens, PhD, OTR
1995 Charles Christiansen, PhD, OTR       
1996 Penney Kyler Hutchinson
1997 Catherine Trombly, PhD, OTR
1998 Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR
1999 Beatriz Abreu, PhD, OTR
2000 Shereen Farber, PhD, OTR
2001 Linda Fazio, PhD, OTR
2002 Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR
2003 Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT/L

2004 Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2005 Jim Hinojosa, PhD
2006 Suzanne Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
2007 Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2008 Penelope Moyers, EdD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA
2009 Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD
2010 Barbara A. Boyt Schell, PhD, OT, FAOTA
2011 Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
2012 Florence A. Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2013 Mary Law, PhD, MSc, BSc
2014 Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OT, FAOTA








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