Gender, relationships to be discussed at 22nd annual Symposium on Family Issues

March 27, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- On Oct. 13 and 14 at the Nittany Lion Inn, the 22nd annual Symposium on Family Issues will take stock of couple relationships, including how they have changed over the last 50 years. Sixteen scholars from top universities will consider contemporary issues pertaining to gender in couple relationships, ranging from their structure, to their dynamics -- including couple dynamics and parenting roles, and their implications for men’s and women’s health and well-being. The event is organized by Penn State's Social Science Research Institute and runs form 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Oct. 13 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

An issue we ponder throughout is the future of marriage, including whether and how social scientists can contribute to women’s and men’s ability to flourish in the context of what has been a fundamental social institution.

More information and registration for the free symposium is available at

Last Updated March 27, 2014