March 30, 2001

National experts to participate in "Public Policy and Caregiving" symposium

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.―Middlebury College will host a symposium, "Public Policy and Caregiving," Thursday, April 12-Saturday, April 14. Three talks and a panel discussion will bring together three national experts to address different aspects of the topic, from the business of caregiving to a look at its future. All events will take place in the College’s Center for International Affairs on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). The symposium is free and open to the public.

"As the percent of the population that needs care increases, this issue will only become more critical. Our hope is that the general public and caregiving professionals in particular will find this symposium informative," said Margaret Nelson, professor of sociology/anthropology at Middlebury College and one of the organizers of the event.

On Thursday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m., Emily Abel will begin the symposium with a talk on "A Historical Perspective on Caregiving." Abel is a professor of health services and women’s studies at the University of California at Los Angeles and the author of "Hearts of Wisdom: American Women Caring for Kin, 1850-1940."

On Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m., Deborah Stone will give a lecture on "The Strange Disappearance of Altruism." Stone is a health care policy expert and former Matiana S. Horner Distinguished Professor at the Radcliffe Public Policy Center and author of "Policy Paradox: the Art of Political Decision Making." At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Mona Harrington will speak on "Thinking of Care as Public Business." A lawyer, social critic and professor of political science, Harrington is currently affiliated with the Radcliffe Public Policy Center and is the author of "Care and Equality: Inventing a New Family Politics."

On Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., all three speakers will participate in a panel discussion—"Public Policy and Caregiving: New Directions for the Future"—moderated by Nelson.

No pre-registration is necessary for the talks or the panel. This symposium is sponsored by the women’s and gender studies program, the department of history, the department of political science, the department of sociology/anthropology and the office of the provost and acting dean. For more information, contact the Middlebury College Chellis Women’s and Gender Studies Center at 802-443-5937.

To follow is events calendar listings information:

Events Calendar Listings:

Thursday, April 12, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: "A Historical Perspective on Caregiving" by Emily Abel, professor of health services and women’s studies at U.C.L.A. and the author of "Hearts of Wisdom: American Women Caring for Kin, 1850-1940."

Friday, April 13, 3 p.m.

Lecture: "The Strange Disappearance of Altruism" by Deborah Stone, a health care policy expert, former Matiana S. Horner Distinguished Professor at the Radcliffe Public Policy Center and author of "Policy Paradox: the Art of Political Decision Making."

Friday, April 13, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: "Thinking of Care as Public Business" by Mona Harrington, a lawyer, social critic, professor of political science and author of "Care and Equality: Inventing a New Family Politics."

Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Panel discussion: "Public Policy and Caregiving: New Directions for the Future," panelists are Emily Abel, professor of health services and women’s studies at U.C.L.A. and the author of "Hearts of Wisdom: American Women Caring for Kin, 1850-1940;" Deborah Stone, a health care policy expert and author of "Policy Paradox: the Art of Political Decision Making;" and Mona Harrington, a lawyer, professor of political science at the Radcliffe Public Policy Center and author of "Care and Equality: Inventing a New Family Politics." Moderator will be Margaret Nelson, professor of sociology/anthropology at Middlebury College.

All events will take place in the College’s Center for International Affairs on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125). The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Middlebury College Chellis Women’s and Gender Studies Center at 802-443-5937.

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