1939 Conference: The Role and Functions of the Family in a Democracy

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The theme of this conference was “The Role and Functions of the Family in a Democracy.” Emily Hartshorn Mudd was the local arrangements chair.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Ernest Groves, who had already started The Conference on Conservation of Marriage and the Family 5 years earlier at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, joined NCFR and would become its third President. Many other organizations helped to sponsor this conference, including The Marriage Council, the Pennsylvania School of Social Work, Temple University, The Family Society, the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospitals, the Jewish Welfare Society, and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 General session speakers included Dr. Carl Zimmerman, Harvard University, “The Family in Different Types of Societies: Totalitarian, Communist, and Democratic”; Dr. Lawrence Frank, New York City, “The Family as Cultural Agent”; and Dr. Max Rheinstein, University of Chicago Law School, “The Family, The State and the Law.”

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Seven subsessions included the following:

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  2. The Economic Basis of Family Life, chaired by William Hodson, Commissioner of Public Welfare, New York City
  3. Education for Marriage and Family Living, chaired by Ernest Groves, University of North Carolina
  4. Eugenics and the Family, chaired by Frederick Osborn, American Eugenics Society
  5. Marriage, Family Law and Its Administration, chaired by Harriet S. Daggett, Louisiana State University
  6. Marriage and Family Counseling, chaired by Mrs. Stuart Mudd, Marriage Council, Philadelphia
  7. Marriage and Family Research, chaired by Leonard S. Cottrell, Cornell University
  8. Youth and Its Problems

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