April 06, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Judith Warner will give the talk, "Contemporary Parenting Today: Challenges and Issues," Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Warner is the author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, a 2005 New York Times best-seller, as well as the Times column, "Domestic Disturbances."

"In her talk, Warner will discuss her observations on parenting issues since the publication of Perfect Madness," said Sheila Lintott, assistant professor of philosophy at Bucknell.

"Warner's observations include the change from family policy being a fringe issue to its taking a place in the center of the 2008 Democratic candidates' platforms; how the current Great Recession put an end to some of the excesses of do-everything-perfectly parenting; how the media and some parenting experts treat this as a sign of a real change in attitudes and parenting culture; and how this isn't evidence of real change because all the underlying stressors are the same.

"She also will talk about how her own stance toward writing about parenting has changed, including a discussion of her new book. We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication began as an echo of so many other critiques of the 'drugging' of America's kids; it completely missed the human dramas that go on in homes where families are contending with mental health issues," Lintott said.

The talk is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the University Lectureship Committee, the Women's Resource Center, the College of Engineering, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, and the departments of Philosophy, Political Science, Women's and Gender Studies, Education, Psychology, Classics, and Religion.

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