1958 Conference: Marriage, the Family, and the NCFR: 1938–1958

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The 1958 Annual Conference was held at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, August 10–13. It was the 20th anniversary of the founding of NCFR, and 260 people attended. The theme was “Marriage, the Family, and the NCFR: 1938–1958.” The focus was on past developments of the organization and the field, its present status and issues, and challenges to be met. The opening session was led by Aaron L. Rutledge, and the closing speaker was Gerald R. Leslie. Rutledge predicted changes in legal interpretations and called for greater interdisciplinary efforts. Leslie analyzed the dilemma of family life educators who, “on the one hand should maintain scientific attitudes, but who are also victims of their unconscious commitments and values and arbitrary points of view.” He called on the NCFR to become more firmly based in a more adequate comparative scientific framework.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Henry Bowman was program chair, and Theodore Johannis supervised local arrangements. Housing was provided in university dormitories. Bowman passed his hat to collect money for the organization.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1958 program coverRead the conference program


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