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Stephanie Coontz will speak June 1st as part of ParentMap Magazine's Pathways Lecture Series

For Immediate Release:
May, 2006

Suzanne Goren
Marketing Manager, ParentMap Magazine

Stephanie Coontz will speak June 1st as part of ParentMap Magazine’s Pathways Lecture Series
Author, lecturer and college professor Stephanie Coontz will speak on “For Better or Worse? Understanding America’s Changing Families” Thursday, June 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. The presentation is part of ParentMap’s Pathways Lecture Series for parents.

According to Coontz, “Marriage and parenting have changed so much in the past 30 years that couples, parents and even the so-called experts are scrambling to catch up.”  Her talk will challenge many myths about how families of the past used to work, allowing us to gain more perspective on our contemporary concerns about family life.

The evolution of marriage and parent-child relations over the past 200 years has produced both gains and losses, raising new dilemmas in the process of resolving old ones, Coontz says, but the nature, causes and consequences of those changes is widely misunderstood. She is uniquely positioned to shed new light on the subject of the changing American family and her insights are guaranteed to be thought-provoking and enlightening.

Coontz's most recent books, The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families and The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap, have placed her at the center of the family values debate.  She has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, D.C., and her work has been featured in many national publications and academic journals. 

Coontz, a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia, is a former Woodrow Wilson fellow who has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  She was selected to receive the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics in Fall 1995.  She won the Washington Governor's Writers Award in 1989 for The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families.  
Coontz has appeared on “Oprah Winfrey,” “Crossfire,” NPR, CNN's “Talk Back Live,” CBS’ “This Morning,” “Leeza” and “MSNBC with Brian Williams,” as well as in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters.

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