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Speaker at NIU to talk about today’s ‘feminine mystique’

Published: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Stephanie Coontz, an award-winning author and nationally recognized expert on gender, family and the media, will visit Northern Illinois University on Feb. 26, to deliver a set of lectures celebrating Women’s History Month.

Hosted by the NIU Women’s Studies Program, both events are free and open to the public.

Coontz’s seminar – “How to Talk to the Media About Your Scholarship (and Get Them to Listen)” – will take place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Capitol Room South of the Holmes Student Center. The informal discussion will focus on how to get academic scholarship into the media and how to talk to the media about academic research.

The lecture – “50 Years After the Feminine Mystique: How Far Have We Come?” – begins at 6 p.m. in Room 100 of the Visual Art Building. The talk will focus on challenges that women of different races and classes faced in the early 1960s, as well as “new mystiques” that women face today.

Coontz has taught history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., since 1975. She serves as co-chair and director of public education at the Council on Contemporary Families, and has appeared as a guest expert on a variety of television and radio shows, such as “The Colbert Report,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “20/20,” among others.

In addition to numerous scholarly and journalistic articles, she is the author and editor of seven books that focus on gender, family and media, including “Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage,” “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap” and “The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families.”

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