Social Security Reform to be Topic of Jan. 10 Seminar

(1-8-96) -- Boston College will be the site of a day-long discussion of Social Security issues and reform when the University hosts the National Academy of Social Insurance 1997 Policy Education Seminar on Friday, Jan. 10 in Gasson 100.

Three Boston College faculty members will appear as guest speakers during the seminar, which NASI offers as a briefing for Social Security Administration representatives and professionals in related human services fields. It also is open to the public.

The first part of the seminar, titled "Disability Income Policy and Work: Findings and Recommendations of the Academy's Disability Policy Panel," will run from 9 a.m.-noon. Speakers will discuss the findings and return-to-work recommendations of the Disability Policy Panel, a three-year study of the Social Security disability insurance program sponsored by NASI.

From 1:30-4:30 p.m., the seminar will continue with "Public Understanding of Social Security and Options for Reform." Among the speakers will be Prof. Joseph Quinn (Economics), Prof. John Williamson (Sociology) and Assoc. Prof. Eric Kingson (GSSW); Quinn and Kingson co-edited and contributed to the recent book Social Security in the 21st Century, and served along with Williamson on the NASI advisory board for the book.

The objective of the afternoon session will be to evaluate public understanding of Social Security and explore the options for reform recommended by the 1996 Advisory Council on Social Security (Quinn co-chaired one of the council's two technical panels). Other speakers will include Boston Globe editorial writer Tom Gagen and NASI Research Director Virginia Reno, who also contributed to Social Security in the 21st Century.

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