Alpha Kappa Delta
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Distinguished Lecture

Many thanks to Alpha Kappa Delta's 2017 Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Barbara Risman

University of Illinois at Chicago



“Where Will the Millennials Take Us? Transforming the Gender Structure”

Dr. Barbara Risman is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. She was Alumni Distinguished Research Professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the Founding Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program. Barbara Risman is the author of Gender Vertigo: American Families in Transition (Yale, 1998). She is also the President of the Board of Directors of The Council on Contemporary Families, a national organization whose mission is to bring new research findings and clinical expertise to public attention. The American Sociological Association honored Professor Risman with the 2011 Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology Award. In 2005, Dr. Risman was honored with the Katherine Jocher Belle Boone Award from the Southern Sociological Society for lifetime contributions to the study of gender. She was also named as the 2003 Feminist Lecturer by the Sociologists for Women in Society. Professor Risman has a current research project focusing on the development of gender and sexual identities among white and black middle-school children and is currently working on her new book about gender structure theory.


Alpha Kappa Delta Distinguished Lecturers throughout the years:

2016   Dr. Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania, "Unequal Childhoods, Unequal Adulthoods: Small Moments and Large                  Consequences"
2015   Dr. Brian Powell, Indiana University, "Changing Counts, Counting Change: Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Family"
2014   Dr. Cecilia Ridgeway, Stanford University, "How Does Gender Inequality Persist in the Modern World?"
2013   Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia, "Greedy Institutions"
2012   Dr. David Takeuchi, University of Washington, "Bringing Boundaries to Reach Real Utopias"
2011   Dr. Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center, "The Resurgence of Corporate Power in the United States and the
  Implications for Democracy as We Know It"
2010   Dr. Michael Messner, University of South California, "Stopping Gender Violence: Two Generations of Male Activists"
2009   Dr. Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University, "Immigration, Citizenship, and Exclusion: Latin-American Immigrants and
  the Contemporary Regime"