Middlebury

February 8, 2001

Author to discuss why work and
family conflict and what to do about it

Lecture on March 1 is free and open to
the public

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-"Unbending Gender:
Why Work and Family Conflict and What to Do About It" will be the
subject of a lecture by Joan Williams, author of a book by the same
title. Williams is also a professor of law and co-director of the
Gender, Work and Family Project at the American University School of
Law. The event will take place on the Middlebury College campus at
4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the Robert A. Jones Seminar Room
of the Geonomics House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route
125). The talk is free and open to the public.

Williams will discuss her book
"Unbending Gender" (Oxford University Press, 1999), in which she
addresses questions vital to the health of our society: Why do family
and work increasingly conflict? Why do men as well as women feel
under enormous strain, at home and at work? Why are nearly one-fourth
of American children, and nearly 40 percent of divorced mothers,
poor? The author asserts that the answers to these questions lie in
our traditional system for organizing work. She offers strategies for
resolving our culture's work-family dilemma.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the
Geonomics Center for International Studies, the C.A. Johnson
Economics Chair, the Swift Funds Endowment, and the Women's and
Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Charlotte Tate
of the Geonomics Center for International Studies at Middlebury
College at 802-443-5795 or tate@middlebury.edu.

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