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Release: April 5, 2001

Experts on child and family welfare to speak at UI April 12, 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two experts on family and child welfare will visit the University of Iowa April 12-14 as Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors, sponsored by the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts. Irv Garfinkle of Columbia University and Sara McLanahan of Princeton University will each make a public presentation as part of their visit.

Garfinkle, the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems at Columbia University School of Social Work, will speak Thursday, April 12, on "Child Support in the New World of Welfare," at 7 p.m. McLanahan, Director of Princeton University's Center for Child Well-being and Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Population Research Center, will speak Friday, April 13, on "Fragile Families and Welfare Reform" at 3:30 p.m. Both presentations will be held in room 221 Chemistry-Botany Building on the UI campus.

Garfinkle and McLanahan are the nations pre-eminent experts on single parenting, poverty and child well-being. Co-authors on numerous books and articles on the subject, they are the scholars who are called to testify before Congress on the growth and problems of female-headed households in the United States. In addition, these researchers are regularly consulted and cited by advocates of child support reform, welfare reform, and taxation policies for families.

The School of Social Work and the Department of Women's Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education's Department of Planning, Policy, and Leadership Studies are co-sponsoring the visit.

Garfinkle's and McLanahan's activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.