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 March 2014

Women's History Month looks at the "modern family"

Women's History Month looks at the The keynote speaker is author Stephanie Coontz, who will speak on the transformation of love and marriage.

Columbia College will celebrate Women’s History Month with a series of events in March. This year’s theme is: What tradition? The mystique of the “modern family.”

The keynote speaker is Stephanie Coontz, author of several books on the history of marriage and the family. Coontz has written articles on marriage, family and feminism for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other publications. She also has appeared on the Colbert Report. Read the story on Coontz and Women’s History Month.

Here are the events this month:

Courting Trouble: The Historical Transformation of Love and Marriage
Wednesday, March 5
7 p.m.
Launer Auditorium

Marriage has changed more in the past 40 years than in the previous 4,000. Author Stephanie Coontz traces the surprising history of marriage from the Stone Age to the Information Age. She shows how marriage has become fairer and more fulfilling than in the past, but also more optional and fragile, and what that means for our society and our personal lives. Coontz argues that all of the “rules” we used to take for granted about who marries, who divorces and how relationships work are being transformed.

Families on Film
Thursday, March 13
6 p.m.
Dorsey Gym

Join us for a screening of Mona Lisa Smile, a film that addresses the changing ideas about women’s education and their role within the family in 1950s America. Free snacks will be provided. This event is hosted by the Department of History and Political Science and the History and Political Science Club.

Joining Our Houses: Marriage, Family, Community
Tuesday, March 18
11 a.m.
Dorsey Gym

What makes a partnership a marriage, rather than something else? We might call many kinds of groups “families,” but reserve a special sense of that word for legal purposes. Should we? How should we understand what a genuine marriage or a genuine family is? Join students, faculty and staff as the Philosophy Club facilitates a brown-bag discussion of these questions. Free Chipotle lunch for the first 50 attendees.

Modern Family Feud and Fair
Thursday, March 20
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dorsey Gym

Families of all kinds disagree, but that’s not always a bad thing. Put together your own "family" and join us for a spirited competition and the chance to win some great prizes in a live version of the popular television game show. Each family must include at least one student and one faculty member. If you don’t have your own professor, we’ll provide one for you. Free snacks will be available to fuel your family to victory. If you don’t want to play the game, come be a part of our viewing audience and you might win a door prize!