LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The complex balance of work and family is the theme of a free, public lecture series this fall at the University of Louisville.

    The four talks, also part of a course in women’s studies, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursdays in Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building, unless otherwise indicated.

    • Sept. 13, “Toward a New Fulltime Norm: Promoting Work-Life Balance Through Work-Time Adjustment.” Speaker will be Cynthia Negrey, a U of L associate sociology professor who has studied job training for women leaving welfare for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C.
    • Oct. 4, “Balancing Work and Family: How Equally Sharing Couples Halve It All.” Speaker will be Francine Deutsch, Mount Holyoke College social psychologist; she wrote the book “Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works” about her National Science Foundation-funded study of dual-earner couples with children. Deutsch’s talk in Ekstrom Library Auditorium will be followed by a reception, book sale and book signing.
    • Nov. 1, “Single Motherhood, Employment or Social Assistance: Why Are U.S. Women Poorer Than Women In Other Affluent Nations?” Speaker will be Karen Christopher, University of Pittsburgh assistant sociology professor.
    • Nov. 15, “Child Care.” Panel discussion will feature Elizabeth Rightmyer, U of L assistant professor of teaching and learning; Susan Reeves, director of Louisville’s Community Coordinated Child Care; and Sheila Marable, U of L alumna and staff member.

    Series sponsors include the Women’s Center, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, sociology department, women’s studies program, honors program and liberal studies project. For more information, call Nancy Theriot in women’s studies, (502) 852-8160.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.