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

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