Hosack examines faith's impact on social work in Book Talk

Dr. Lisa Hosack will discuss her book “Development on Purpose Faith and Human Behavior in the Social Environment” at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in Henry Buhl Library as part of the College library’s Faculty Book Talk series.

“I wrote the book because of the need for a text that incorporated a Christian anthropology with the principles of human development that are relevant to present and future social workers,” Hosack, associate professor of Social Work, said.

“Understanding the ways God has formed us is critical to the study of human behavior,” Hosack said. “The message of the book is that all of us were formed for loving relationships with God and one another and, to some extent, we suffer the consequences of living outside or in opposition to such relationships.”

Hosack, who developed Grove City College’s nationally recognized Social Work program, uses the text to teach Human Behavior in the Social Environment classes. After years of review, the program is being accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, which means this year’s Social Work majors will be the first class to graduate with an accredited degree in the field.

Faculty Book Talks are a way for professors to engage with students, other faculty and the community to share their work in their fields, according to Megan Babal, public services and outreach librarian.

“The book talks help to stimulate thought and conversation about how fundamental principles about human persons have relevance and application across the Grove City College curriculum,” Hosack said.

Last fall, Dr. Paul Kemeny, dean of the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters, and Dr. Gary Smith ’72, professor emeritus, discussed “The Oxford Handbook of Presbyterianism,” which they edited and contributed to, and Dr. Gillis J. Harp, professor of History, presented his “Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History.” Both books were published last year by Oxford University Press.

The next talk will be at 4 p.m. March 26 where Dr. T. David Gordon will discuss his book “Promise, Law, Faith: Covenant-Historical Reasoning in Galatians.”

Hosack examines faith's impact on social work in Book Talk

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