26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues

Date 10/22/18 to 10/23/18
Location Nittany Lion Inn, University Park campus, State College, PA
Contact Carolyn Scott
Contact Email css7@psu.edu
Description

Rural Families and Communities

Two story white home across a small four-way intersection with a stop sign and churchThe landscape of family life is ever changing. The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being vary across space and place. Although the rural-urban divide is often portrayed as the most important geographic distinction, there is tremendous diversity across rural communities. Contrary to some depictions, families in rural areas come from diverse backgrounds. Further, some rural areas are resource constrained while others host opportunities that can support healthy families and child well-being. The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges facing families in rural areas and the unique strategies invoked by families in rural areas today.

 

Monday, October 22 – Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom (lower level)

8:15 am Check in; Coffee and lite breakfast

8:45 am Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Family relationships and well-being: Family roles, relationships, and development pathways unique to those in rural areas

Velma McBride Murry, Lois Autrey Betts Chair, Education and Human Development; Professor, Human and Organization Development, Vanderbilt University

Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Senior Research Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gustavo Carlo, Millsap Professor of Diversity, Department of Human Development and Family Science, University of Missouri

 

12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own; Private lunch for speakers and graduate students (signup required) in Penn State Room (1st floor)

 

1:30-4:30

Session 2: Families and rural economies: How conditions of work and family life in rural communities impact well-being

Ann R. Tickamyer, Professor of Rural Sociology, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, Penn State

Beth Mattingly, Director of Research on Vulnerable Families, Carsey School of Public Health, University of New Hampshire

Mark Partridge, Professor and Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University


4:40-5:45 Reception for all attendees in Alumni Lounge (1st floor)

 

Tuesday, October 23 - Nittany Lion Inn Boardroom (lower level)

8:45 am Check in; Coffee and lite breakfast

9:00 am - Noon

Session 3: Changing spaces and faces: The current economic and health challenges facing families across diverse rural areas

Shannon M. Monnat, Associate Professor of Sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Daniel Lichter, Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, and Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University

John Cromartie, Geographer with the Resource and Rural Economics Division of USDA, Economic Research Service

 

Symposium Registration - Pre-registration is required 

Attendance is free for Penn State students and employees
$50 for students and post-docs from other universities
$90 for all others

We are not able to accept credit cards. Please make checks payable to "Penn State".

Mail check to: Carolyn Scott, Social Science Research Institute, Penn State, 114 Henderson, University Park PA 16802

Symposium Sponsors

The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R13 HD048150).

Thank you to our Penn State sponsors: Social Science Research Institute, Population Research Institute

Lodging

A block of rooms is being held at the Nittany Lion Inn, where the Symposium will be held. Single occupancy rooms are $134 plus tax. The rate is not guaranteed after Sept. 21, 2018 or after the block is filled. Use reservation code FAMI18A. Contact the Inn at (800) 233-7505 or (814) 865-8500 or at www.pennstatehotels.com

For other lodging options visit statecollege.com and choose the Lodging tab. If you have questions, contact Carolyn Scott at css7@psu.edu

Parking

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck next to the Nittany Lion Inn. Validation for free parking is available at the front desk.

(Please note that Penn State students are not allowed to park in the Nittany Deck.)

Family Care

If you need suggestions for family care, contact Carolyn Scott at css7@psu.edu

Also see:
Family Symposium Homepage
Family Symposium Books
official Twitter logo#PSUFamilySymp18

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