January 9, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: January 9, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Deborah Tannen, linguist and best-selling author of "You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation," will speak at Middlebury College on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Her talk, "She Said/ He Said/ They Said: Communication Across Genders and Cultures," will be the John Hamilton Fulton Memorial Lecture in the Liberal Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

"You Just Don’t Understand" (1992) was on The New York Times best-seller list for nearly four years, including eight months in the number-one slot, and has been translated into 26 languages. It was also on best-seller lists in Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland and Hong Kong. Alison Byerly, Middlebury College acting provost, said, "We’re honored to have Deborah speak here since this is the book that brought gender differences in communication style to the forefront of public awareness."

Tannen’s other books include "Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men in the Workplace: Language, Sex, and Power" (1995) and "The Argument Culture" (1998). "I Only Say This Because I Love You," her new book about family communication, was published last year.

Tannen is a frequent guest on television and radio. "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "20/20," "48 Hours," CBS News, "ABC World News Tonight," "Oprah," "Good Morning America," CNN, "Hardball," "Larry King," and NPR are among the shows and networks on which she has appeared. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, People, The Washington Post and The Harvard Business Review.

Tannen is a member of the linguistics department faculty at Georgetown University, where she is one of only four who hold the rank of University Professor. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced

Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, Calif., following a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. She has written 18 books and more than 85 articles and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates. She received her doctorate in linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to her linguistic research and writing, Tannen has published poetry, short stories and personal essays. Her first play, "An Act of Devotion," is included in "The Best American Short Plays: 1993-1994."

Tannen is donating her honorarium for this lecture to the emergency team of the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC). The CSAC emergency team of 10 therapists and three on-call psychiatrists responds to over 4,500 calls a year, and is available 24 hours a day, every day for psychiatric crises and in response to catastrophic events in the community. Her sister, Naomi Tannen, is director of development at the CSAC, where she has been a staff member since 1978.

For more information, contact Cathy Bilodeau in the office of the Middlebury College executive vice president and provost at 802-443-5735.