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U.Va. Center Launches New Series On Marriage And Family With Talk By Francis Fukuyama

March 15, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's Center for Children, Families and the Law will begin this month a speakers series devoted to marriage and the family.

Speakers in the "Perspectives on Marriage and the Family" series will present both formal and informal talks about diverse topics throughout the year. The first two speakers will give public talks in March and April.

Francis Fukuyama, the Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's Institute of Public Policy, will deliver the inaugural talk on "Gender Roles and the Decline of the Western Family" on Thursday, March 25. The speech, drawn from Fukuyama's forthcoming book, "The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order," will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Gilmer Hall, Room 240.

Fukuyama has written widely on issues pertaining to democratization and international political economy, particularly the role of culture in modern economic life. His previous books, which include "The End of History and the Last Man" and "Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity," have won several awards and have appeared in more than 20 foreign editions. The talk is co-sponsored by U.Va.'s government and foreign affairs department and the John M. Olin Foundation.

David Buss, a psychology professor at the University of Texas-Austin, will speak on "The Strategies of Human Mating" on Friday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. in Gilmer Hall, Room 190. Buss, an evolutionary psychologist, researches gender differences and their implications for jealousy, mating and marriage. An author of more than 150 publications, Buss is president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex and a board member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences.

Established in 1996, the Center for Children, Families and the Law is a multidisciplinary group of faculty who study the dramatic changes occurring in the American family, such as differences in parents' family and work roles, out-of-wedlock births, nonmarital cohabitation, divorce and remarriage. (Information about the center can be obtained at http://www.virginia.edu/~ccfl.)

Both talks are open to the public without admission charge. For more information, contact the center at (804) 924-4029.

Contact: Ida Lee Wooten, (804) 924-6857.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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