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Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12, 9-5
Third floor, Woodruff Library
Emory University

Emory's Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life hosts an international conference on the future of the American family.

Imagine That! The Future of the American Family is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker is Judith Martin, also known as Miss Manners, who writes a syndicated national column on etiquette. She will talk about "the nuclear family explosion."

Conference schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 11, Jones Room, 3rd floor, Woodruff Library

9:30- 10 am:
Welcome and Introductions: Harald Welzer, Bradd Shore

10 am- noon:
Panel I: The Future in Light of the Past

Kathryn Yount (Moderator), Graham Allan (Keele University), Stephanie Coontz (Evergreen State University), Harald Welzer (KWI and CMR).

Noon-1 Lunch break (on your own)

1-3 pm
Panel II: The Family in Time: Scheduling, Routine

Carla Freeman (Moderator), Jason DeCaro (University of Alabama), John Robinson (University of Maryland), Charles Darrah (San Jose State University).

3-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-4:45: Keynote address: Judith Martin (Miss Manners)
Nuclear Family Explosion

Friday, Nov. 12, Jones Room, 3rd floor, Woodruff Library

9-11 am:
Panel III: Family Narrative, Memory

Marshall Duke (Moderator), Barbara Fiese (University of Illinois), Lesley A. Bleakney (MARIAL), Jens Kroh (KWI & CMR), Sophie Neunkirch (University of Luxembourg), Isabel Heinemann (University of Meunster).

11 am - 1 pm:
Panel IV: Ritual, Celebration, Family
Bradd Shore (Moderator), Mark Auslander (Brandeis University), Elizabeth Pleck (University of Illinois), Peter Stromberg (University of Tulsa).

1-2 pm: Lunch on your own.

2-3:30: Keynote address: Lynn Spigel (Northwestern University)

3:30-3:34 pm: Break
3:45-5:45 pm:
Panel V: Media, Technology, Family
Amy Aidman (Moderator), Stewart Hoover (University of Colorado), Arthur Asa Berger (San Francisco State University), Maggie Jackson (journalist/author).

5:45- 6 pm: Closing comments by Harald Welzer and Bradd Shore

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