Sarah Ray


Posted: January 9, 2002


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.”


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


For more

information, contact Cathy Bilodeau in the office of the

Middlebury College executive vice president and provost at