1987 Conference: Families in an Information Era

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In 1987, the Annual Conference began on a weekend to allow for travel and to free teachers from their duties. It took place at the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, GA, November 15–17. At the time of the conference it boasted the tallest hotel tower in the world. (While an elegant site, the standard joke among NCFR members who attended is that to this day, there may be several attendees still wondering about in the tower!) Carolyn Love was the program chair, and Dana Scott was local arrangements chair. The theme was “Families in an Information Era.” Registration fees for NCFR members and students were $85 and $45, respectively.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Plenary addresses and Master Lectures included the following:

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  • “Education’s Most Vital Component: Families,” Richard Berendzen, President of the American University (sponsored by the Education and Enrichment Section)
  • “New Facts About AIDS,” Eleanor Macklin and Richard Needle (sponsored by the NCFR Task Force on AIDS and the Family Action and Research and Theory Section)
  • “Statistical Literacy and the Electronic Information Structure Serving America’s Families in a Decade of Revolution and Change,” David Pearce Snyder (sponsored by the Religion and Family Life Section)
  • “Family Development’s First Forty Years” (the annual Evelyn Millis Duvall Lectureship), Evelyn Millis Duvall (sponsored by the University of South Florida, Sarasota)
  • “Gender and Parent–Adult Relations in a Life Course Program,” Alice Rossi (sponsored by the Research and Theory Section)
  • “Advances in Medical Technology: A Challenge to the Family,” Susan M. Wolf (sponsored by the Family Action Section)
  • Hamilton McCubbin’s Presidential Address, titled “In Search of the Resilient Family: Paradigms, Paradoxes, and Politics.”

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Mirra Komarovsky of Barnard College delivered the Burgess Award address.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Other speeches included:

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  • “The Family as Ecology of Selfhood and Faith,” James Fowler
  • “Developing National Health Objectives for the Year 2000: A Hearing,” J. Michael McGinnis
  • “In a Technological Society Credibility Begins at Home,” by Charles Petty
  • “The Presentation of Afro-Americans in Scholarship and the Media: An Exercise in the Sociology of Knowledge,” John Sibley Butler

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Pre-conference workshops included: Theory Construction and Research Methodology, with several sessions dedicated to Reuben Hill and chaired by Walter Schumm; the Association of Councils Leadership Training, chaired by Britton Wood; and “Responding to the AIDS Crisis,” chaired by Sandra Caron.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 The Religion and Family Section sponsored an interdenominational service on Sunday. The Board of Directors sponsored the “First Timers” reception. The Georgia Council on Family Relations and Southeastern Regional Council sponsored the opening conference reception and the hospitality room.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 A post-conference workshop on “Marketing Strategies for Family Programs,” led by Nelson Rosenbaum, Center for Responsive Governance Marketing Group, was sponsored by the Aid Association for Lutherans. Carousel seminars and poster sessions were offered as well as opportunities to “Meet the Authors.”

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Other special sessions included “The Gary Hart Phenomenon: Implications for Family Life” by Matti Gershenfeld; “Tips for Publishing in Family Relations,” led by Timothy Brubaker, editor of Family Relations; and “Publishing in Family Journals,” led by Journal of Marriage and the Family Editor Alan Booth, Gay Kitson, and Norval Glenn.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 For the first time in NCFR’s history, continuing education units were offered for those working on certifications.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Focus groups that met included Adoption, Rural Families, Single Parents, Sexuality and the Family, Middle Years, Remarriage and Stepfamilies, Family and Nursing, Peace and the Family, Family Centers, and Qualitative Family Research.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Ron Mullis and Ann Mullis of North Dakota State University co-chaired the Media Awards competition, assisted by David Dosser, Gregory Sanders, Martha Calderwood. Dan Fawacz chaired the film exhibit at the conference. Ollie Pocs was in charge of the book exhibit. There was also a no-host networking dinner program and the student party and dance.

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 1987 conference programRead the conference program


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