Asa Hilliard speaks at the opening plenary session at the 1985 conference
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The 1985 Annual Conference took place November 4–8 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel with the theme chosen by Program Vice President Harriette P. McAdoo. The theme was “Enriching Families: Ethnic, Cultural, and Religious Networks.” Britton Wood was local arrangements chair. Approximately 915 people attended.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The conference started on an exciting note with a fire alarm in the middle of the night on November 3, which sent the NCFR staff flying down 28 flights of stairs in their nightclothes and Board and business notebooks. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the only after-effects were stiff muscles the following day as the conference opened.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Plenary speakers were Asa G. Hilliard, who spoke on “The Flow of Cultures in the Family”; David Mace and Vera Mace, who spoke on “Marriage Enrichment: Developing Interpersonal Potential”; and Guadalupe Gibson, who discussed “Ethnicity and Culture in Clinical Practice: Family Therapy With Mexican Americans.” This session was sponsored by the Affiliated Councils.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Master lectures were given by Barrie Thorne, “Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions,” and by Azim Nanji, “The Challenge: Muslim Identity and Family Values in North America.”
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Eight Sections held meetings. The following focus groups met: Middle Years, Single-Parent Families, Family Law, Work and Family, Aging, Remarriage and Step Families, Adoption, Feminism and Family Studies, and Farm Families.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 The Theory Construction and Research Methodology pre-conference workshops were chaired by Ralph La Rossa. The Education and Enrichment Section sponsored workshops focused on “Experiencing Marriage Enrichment, and Marriage Enrichment Training Model for Trainer Couples.” The Family Action Section sponsored “Shaping a Future of Peace.” The Family Therapy Section sponsored a working conference on Research in Family Therapy, Marriage Enrichment in Clinical Practice, Ethnicity and Culture in Clinical Practice, and Family Therapy with Mexican-American Families. The Ethnic Minorities Section sponsored six paper sessions.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 All first-time NCFR Annual Conference attendees were invited to a special luncheon sponsored by the Membership Committee, chaired by Margaret Arcus, for the purpose of becoming acquainted with Board members and learning more about NCFR.
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 The Student and Young Professionals Section held a skills-exchange event to share some of their common concerns about such topics as the transition from graduate student to faculty status, the dilemma of ABD (all-but-dissertation) status, practical and ethical issues in student research, relocation and adjustment to a new lifestyle of professional status, working simultaneously as a student and professional, and problems faced by international students.
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 The task force on the Development of a Family Discipline recommended that the term family science be used to refer to a field of study whose primary goals are the discovery, verification, and application of knowledge about the family. The Board approved this task force’s change to Section Status.
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 A concert sponsored by NCFR, organized by Leaner Johnson, presented by pianist Ken Medina, raised funds for the Marie Peters Award. The Ethnic Minority Section presented an Oral History on “Multi-Ethnic Experiences in Professional Organizationd” presented by a panel that comprised Fariyal Ross-Sheriff, William Liu, Estella Martinez, Parvez Wakil, and Gladys Hildreth.