2017 NCFR Annual Conference Theme: “Families as Catalysts: Shaping Neurons, Neighborhoods, and Nations”

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Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Dr
Orlando FL 32819
Plenary Sessions
Michael Bérubé: “The Journey From Normal: Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome” — Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1:15-3:15 p.m. ET
Michael Bérubé, Ph.D., is director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature at Pennsylvania State University. His plenary address will foreground the emotional challenges and rewards of having a child with Down syndrome — and the various support systems, social and familial, that helped his family along the way.

Lee Badgett: “Controversial Contributions: Calculating the Economic Benefits of Families” — Thursday, Nov. 16, 10-11:45 a.m. ET
Lee Badgett, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Her plenary address will highlight how contributions of families are built into the fabric of the economy, even when they’re not always visible.

Dr. Badgett also will present a conference special session, “Going Public: How Family Researchers Can Engage with the Public and Policymakers,” on Thursday from 1:45-3 p.m. ET.

Linda Burton: “When Ethnography Comes Home to Roost: Andre, the Life Course, and My Family’s Intervention” — Friday, Nov. 17, 10-11:45 a.m. ET
Linda Burton, Ph.D., dean of Social Sciences and the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University, will recount in her plenary talk the case study of 7-year-old Andre, a bi-racial respondent, whose family network she has followed in a 30-year ethnographic study of the family life course, race, and poverty in an isolated small town in Pennsylvania. She will chronicle how structural and contextual factors reached inside and moved through generations of Andre’s family and launched him on a pathway of childhood adultification characterized by a misappropriated racial identity.

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