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Stephanie Coontz to give public talk on marriage debate

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Date: Friday, August 26, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, will speak on “Courting Disaster? The Past and Future of Marriage,” on Tuesday, September 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the University of Hawaii at Hilo . The talk will be held at the new Campus Center Plaza and is free and open to the public.

Coontz’s discussions on the history of marriage frequently place her at the center of the family values debate. She has conducted extensive research in the areas of American family history and comparative family history and has testified before Congress on her findings.

Coontz is well known for her op-ed contributions in major national news publications across the country as well as appearances on national television and cable news programs. She contributes to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. Her writings have also been published in Life, Harper’s, Modern Maturity, Vogue, and many other magazines. Her television appearances include Oprah, Crossfire, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, and Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters specials.

Coontz is a prolific author and seasoned lecturer on family history, gender roles, and contemporary family issues. She has been called “brilliant and invariably proactive” by the New York Times Book Review and “a treasure” by the Los Angeles Times.

Coontz’s visit to UH Hilo is part of a national tour for her new book, Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage (Viking). She has written several other books, which include The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families (Basic Books, 1997) and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (Basic Books, 1992). Her work is translated into Japanese, German, French, and Spanish.

In 1995, Coontz received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her “outstanding contributions to the field of child development.” She won the Washington State Governor’s Writers Award in 1989 for The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families (Verso, 1988).

A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She also has taught at Kobe University in Japan and UH Hilo. She divides her time between homes in Washington and Hawai‘i.

Coontz’s talk is sponsored by the UH Hilo Office of the Chancellor and the University’s Women’s Center as part of a three-day visit that will include a class lecture series to students and working professionals in the sociology, psychology, and other social service fields. She also will be a featured guest on KPUA and KHBC radio stations on the mornings of September 2nd and 6th, respectively.

This will be Coontz’s first time lecturing at UH Hilo since she taught at the University in 2000. For the September 6 talk, visitors are asked to enter the UH Hilo campus at the main entrance on West Kawili Street. Parking is $3.

For additional information, please contact Susie Collins at 962-6071.

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