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Setsuko Thurlow: Survivor, Activist, Trailblazer

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TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

273 Bloor Street West

Mazzoleni Concert Hall

Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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Please join the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work's Alumni Association for our annual Distinguished Speakers Series, this year featuring Setsuko Thurlow.

Ms. Thurlow is one of the Faculty's prominent alumni who recently accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

For any accommodation requests, please contact alumni.fsw@utoronto.ca or 416-978-4437 by Thursday, March 8th, 2018.

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TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor Street West

Talk to be followed by a reception in the Leslie & Anna Dan Galleria


Speaker: Setsuko Thurlow

Setsuko Thurlow survived the Hiroshima atomic bombing in 1945. She was a 13-year-old, grade 8 student at the time. Thurlow, who married a Canadian and moved to Toronto in 1955, was in Oslo in December to accept the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Throughout her life, she has worked tirelessly to campaign against nuclear weapons and has been a leading figure in its movement, playing a key role to push the United Nations to adapt a landmark treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.

One of our prominent alumni, Setsuko Thurlow earned both a Bachelor and Master-level degree of social work from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Spanning more than four decades, Ms. Thurlow has had an illustrious and impressive career, working in several different organizations, such as the Toronto Board of Education, the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto, and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (then called the Ontario Crippled Children's Centre). She was the founder and President of the Japanese Family Services of Metropolitan Toronto and provided leadership within many other multicultural organizations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award and the Order of Canada for her outstanding contributions to social work and her tireless efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. To this day, Ms. Thurlow continues to share her inspiring story around the world.

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