This workshop will be combined with a luncheon in celebration of Social Work Month, featuring special guest Steve Lopez and will be held at Cafe Julia in downtown Honolulu. The early bird ticket price is $50.00 and $55.00 at the door. All proceeds benefit the School of Social Work Scholarship Fund for BSW and MSW students.

Steve Lopez has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns and a non-fiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and the subject of a Dream Works movie by the same name. That book is based on columns Lopez wrote for The Times about his friendship with Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless, Juilliard-educated Los Angeles musician. The movie starred Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike awards and a share of the Columbia University DuPont Award. Steve Lopez is married and has two sons and a daughter.

Mr. Lopez will explore the evolution of his friendship with Mr. Ayers, what he learned about public policy failures and victories, and the destigmatization which occurs through the humanizing of Nathaniel and thousands like him. This story is about the power of friendship, perseverance, art and music and affirms how through engagement in relationships with others we are changed, as we seek to change.

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