Love, Courtship, Family, Marriage

An Open Invitation: Thursday, March 22, 2012 (with free supper included)

Love, Courtship, Family, and Marriage

A Graduate Research Symposium  (3:30 - 6:30 p.m.)

and Keynote Address by the Historian of Marriage

Professor Stephanie Coontz ( (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.)

Please join us for our upcoming graduate research symposium and annual lecture. Listed below are the graduate speakers who will be featured. After the graduate speakers present, the internationally-known historian of the family, Professor Stephanie Coontz, will be giving the keynote address. If you RSVP to, a free light supper and snacks will be ordered for you. The event is free and open to the public:

  1. Jessica Vanderheide, “The Gap between the Ideal and the Real: The Southern Woman’s College as “Protector” of Woman’s Familial Identity, 1800-1865” (TWU, MAIH, History)
  2. Hannah Dutko, “From Home to Public Education: The Influence of Separate Spheres Ideology on the Education of Children in Victorian Britain” (Regent)
  3. Danae Yankoski, “A New Way to be Woman: Christina Rossetti's Retrieval of Pre-Reformation Catholic Models of Virgin Mothers and Female Saints” (Regent)
  4. Frank Ewert, “An Uninteresting Heroine: In Defense Female “Passive Virtue” in Early Modern Drama (TWU, MAIH, English)
  5. Lydia Wytenbroek, “Rethinking the Relationship of Nurse and Physician: Employing Gender as a Question not a Category” (TWU, MAIH, History)
  6. Joshua Harris, “Common Responsibility: Marriage as a Critique of Modern Autonomy” (TWU, MAIH, Philosophy)
  7. Nicole Birkeland, “State as Parent: Canadian Paternalism and Aboriginal Family Strategies” (TWU, MAIH, History)

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She also serves as Co-Chair and Director of Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families, a non-profit, nonpartisan association of family researchers and practitioners based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has been featured in many newspapers such as The New York Times, as well as scholarly journals such as Journal of Marriage and Family, and she is frequently interviewed on national television and radio. She is the author of several books, including The Way we Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap; The Way we Really Are: Coming to Terms with America's Changing Families; Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage, and her most recent book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.  

Last updated Mar. 7th, 2012 at 1:29am by Holly Nelson