UF Center for Children and Families Announces Lecture Series for 2007-2008 Academic Year

Published: October 1st, 2007

Category: News

The University of Florida Center for Children and Families will host a lecture series this academic year that brings four talented scholars to the law school with multidisciplinary expertise to address critical issues in family law. Mark your calendar for these lectures, which will be open to faculty, staff and students.

Richard Collier Richard Collier, professor of Law and social theory at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, UK, will be the inaugural lecturer for the series on Oct. 24 at noon. The author of several books on law and fathers, fathers’ rights and legal reform, and law and masculinities, Professor Collier (pictured right) will be speaking on the fathers’ rights movement from a comparative perspective.

Angela Mae KupendaAngela Mae Kupenda, professor of law at Mississippi College School of Law School, will be the second lecturer on Feb. 19, 2008. Professor Kupenda’s talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations. A scholar of family law issues and critical race theory, Professor Kupenda (pictured left) will be speaking on the relationship between family law and communities of color, using as her framework the analysis of relationships of abuse developed by domestic violence scholars.

Stephanie CoontzStephanie Coontz, professor, Evergreen State College and director of research and education of the Council on Contemporary Families, will be the second annual Walter Weyrauch Lecturer on March 26, 2008. Professor Coontz (pictured right), a social historian who is an expert on the history of families and marriage, is perhaps best known for her book The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. She most recently published Marriage, A History: From Obedience to Intimacy, or How Love Conquered Marriage. She will be speaking on marriage.

Gary Melton, professor and director, Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, Clemson University, will be the final speaker, on a date to be announced during the spring semester. Professor Melton (pictured left), a psychologist, has been at the forefront of international and national research relating to children’s rights, including in particular issues of child abuse. He has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to scholarship and public policy multiple times by the American Psychological Association as well as other national and international organizations. He will be speaking about child abuse.