Leader of Center for Working Families Closes 1999-2000 Fisher Center Series – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Leader of Center for Working Families Closes 1999-2000 Fisher Center Series

May 10, 2000 Geneva, NY – Barrie Thorne, co-director of the Center for Working Families at Berkeley, will close out the Spring Term Fisher Center lecture series on Wednesday, May 17, with an address titled “Women's Studies and the Challenge of Interdisciplinarity.” Thorne will present her talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. The presentation is free and the public is invited to attend.

In addition to her oversight of the Center, Thorne is a professor of sociology and women's studies, and the author of several books. Her best-known book, Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School, is a thoughtful ethnographic study of gender relations in American elementary education. She is editor or co-editor of several important and original readers, including Language, Gender and Society, Rethinking the Family and, most recently, Feminist Sociology.

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was endowed in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges' coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.

Each speaker in the series presents an evening lecture and then meets in a seminar with students the following morning for more in-depth conversation. The seminars are facilitated by Hobart and William Smith faculty members with expertise or interest in the given area of study. Professor of Sociology Manisha Desai will facilitate the workshop following Thorne's address. Desai teaches about Third World women and Indian women's social movements.

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