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Journeys to the Altar: The Intimate Union Pattern of Low Income Urban and Rural Mothers

Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—Dr. Burton’s research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches and examines the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the accelerated life course transitions of children and adults in urban and rural families.

She is currently a member of the Committee on the Science of Research on Families for the Institute of Medicine, Deputy Editor for Demography, a member of Advisory Board of National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the Board of Directors for the Family Process Institute, and the Board of Directors for the Council on Contemporary Families. She is also a recipient of the Family Research Consortium IV Legacy Award and the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research. Dr. Burton directed the ethnographic component of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study and is principal investigator of a multi-site team ethnographic study (Family Life Project) of poverty, family processes, and child development in six rural communities.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson. 

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 4:00pm
Campus Center, Room 917, UMass Amherst
Free and open to the public

Linda M. Burton, Ph.D.
James B. Duke Professor of Sociology
Duke University, North Carolina