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