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Family Matters

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June 23rd 2015:Love, Marriage, History, and Politics: Families and Societies

What does a “traditional” family look like? When did that family form emerge? How long is it likely to last? Historian Stephanie Coontz and Dr. Colin will discuss centuries of changes in the purposes of marriage and their somersaulting implications for patriarchy, men's sexuality, women's sexuality, individualism, community, politics, domestic violence, work, intimate relationships, divorce, happiness, and gender roles at home and in public life.

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Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz teaches History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College in Washington and serves as Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. She has authored seven books on marriage and family life, including “A Strange Stirring: ‘The Feminine Mystique’ and American Women at the Down of the 1960s,” “Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage,” and “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.” She is a frequent guest columnist for the New York Times. More information is available at www.stephaniecoonttz.com.
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