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19th annual Tullos Social Work Symposium coming to DSU

David Magee, bestselling author of Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss will deliver the keynote address at 10:15 a.m.

CLEVELAND, Miss. — The 19th Annual Margaret Tullos Field Symposium will be held at Delta State University Friday, February 23 in the Jacob Center inside Ewing Hall. The symposium is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Margaret Tullos, who served the Delta State Social Work Department for over twenty-five years as Director of Field Education.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Dr. Loretta Jackson, the current Director of Field Education said, “Each year, we honor her (Tullos) work by hosting the symposium, which is composed of prominent, experienced lecturers from across the country to give valuable information to practicing social workers and field instructors who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others.”

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Unmasking the Delta’s Hidden World of Substance Abuse.” Attendees will be able to earn Continuing Education credits and will gain updated information on the opioid crisis and its impact on the person, family, community, and nation. They will receive resources for substance abuse treatment, addiction, and recovery, and meet exhibitors from local agencies and universities from several states, giving them the opportunity to network with social work professionals from around the country.

David Magee, bestselling author of Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Losswill deliver the keynote address at 10:15 a.m. Magee is a sought-after speaker in schools, universities, and companies nationwide, addressing students and parents about mental health and substance misuse challenges and solutions, and an educational and motivational speaker to businesses and non-profits about finding lasting joy and purpose. He has been a daily newspaper publisher, a media company president, an award-winning columnist for newspapers and Newsweek, a small business owner, a regular guest on CNBC, and once hosted a national cable TV and radio program — The David Magee Show.

For a complete agenda, registration form and other information, visit the event’s website at