2018 NCFR Conference Plenary Presenters
2018 Plenary Presenters
- Wednesday, Nov. 7 — Nora Spinks — Families: What, So What, Now What?
- Thursday, Nov. 8 — Dominic Richardson, Ph.D. — "Child Well-Being, Poverty, and Family Policy Across the Life Course: Lessons From High-Income Countries"
- Friday, Nov. 9 — Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D. — "Growing up in the Shadows: Living in Undocumented and Mixed-Family Status”
- Saturday, Nov. 10 — Andrew J. Cherlin, Ph.D. — “Degrees of Change: An Assessment of the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage Thesis”
These sessions will be live streamed. Read more below about each plenary presenter.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
"Families: What, So What, Now What?"
Nora Spinks is the chief executive officer of the Vanier Institute of the Family, and has over 25 years experience consulting with corporations, governments and community organizations on work/life issues, across Canada and around the world. Throughout her career, Nora has engaged the research community to mobilize knowledge and connect those who study, serve, and support Canada’s diverse families.
Ms. Spinks will discuss the increasing diversity of families, and how balancing evidence-based experience with experienced-based evidence can help us better understand families while we anticipate and prepare for the future.
Sponsored by the Regents of the University of Minnesota, through its Department of Family Social Science
Thursday, Nov. 8:
"Child Well-Being, Poverty, and Family Policy Across the Life Course: Lessons From High-Income Countries"
Dominic Richardson, Ph.D., M.A., is a senior education specialist at UNICEF, in the Office of Research–Innocenti where he leads research on issues of equity in education and the relationships between schooling, school outcomes and child well-being.
Dr. Richardson’s address will examine the effects of family policies in high-income settings on child well-being and poverty outcomes, and interpret what recent research means for family policy reform in high-income countries, including the United States.
Sponsored by University of Georgia Human Development and Family Science
Friday, Nov. 9
"Growing up in the Shadows: Living in Undocumented and Mixed-Family Status”
Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D., is a professor of human development and psychology at UCLA and co-founder of Re-Imagining Migration.
Her plenary will address the familial implications and developmental outcomes for children who grow up with unauthorized status or with at least one parent who has that status. Dr. Suárez-Orozco will also offer recommendations for policy, practice, and research.
Sponsored by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Saturday, Nov. 10
Andrew J. Cherlin
“Degrees of Change: An Assessment of the Deinstitutionalization of Marriage Thesis”
Andrew J. Cherlin, Ph.D., is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy, and chair of the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. In 2003, Dr. Cherlin gave a plenary presentation at the NCFR Annual Conference that formed the basis of his 2004 Journal of Marriage and Family article, “The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage.”
His 2018 plenary address will reflect back upon the deinstitutionalization of marriage thesis, discuss the subsequent research examining the thesis, provide additional theoretical background, and evaluate how the thesis has withstood the test of time.
Sponsored by University of Maryland - Department of Family Science