Stephanie Coontz to give speech at K-State

By The Mercury

Social historian and author Stephanie Coontz will present two lectures for Kansas State University groups in May.

Her visit is being sponsored by the department of women studies.

A professor of history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Coontz also is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families. She is the author of several books, a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was quoted recently in the Wall Street Journal. She also appeared in the PBS special on the women’s movement, “Makers!”

Coontz will give the fourth annual Women’s Studies Advisory Board lecture, “Mad Men, Working Girls and Desperate Housewives: How far have men and women come from the 1960s?” on Thursday, May 2, at the Holiday Inn at the Campus, 17th Street and Anderson Avenue.

The event begins with a social hour and book signing at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the lecture. Tickets are required and cost $45 for the general public and $35 for students. For tickets, call Kim Garver at 785-532-5738 by April 29.

For her second presentation, Coontz will deliver the lecture “Courting Trouble? The World-Historical Transformation of Love and Marriage” at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 3, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the departments of women’s studies, English and history; the offices of the president and the provost; the colleges of Business Administration and Human Ecology; the School of Leadership Studies; Phi Beta Kappa; and the University Honors Program.

Varney’s will sell copies of Coontz’s books at both events. Her work has been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Czech, German, Norwegian, Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Ukrainian and Japanese.

Coontz has testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, D.C., and addressed audiences across America, Japan and Europe. She has been a featured speaker at the Renaissance Weekend, PopTech and Chautauqua, and she has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” “Today Show,” “PBS News Hour with Ray Suarez,” “Oprah,” “Crossfire,” “20/20,” NPR, CNN’s “Talk Back Live,” “CBS This Morning,” CSPAN, the “O’Reilly Factor” and MSNBC with Brian Williams.

She also has been in several prime-time television documentaries, including ones hosted by Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters.

In 1995 she accepted the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development.

More information about Coontz and links to her recent articles are available at her website,

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