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University of Iowa News Release

June 1, 2004

UITV To Broadcast Lecture By Noted Feminist Author Gilligan June 7

On Monday, June 7, University of Iowa TV will broadcast a May 24 lecture by Carol Gilligan, one of the country's most influential experts on female psychology and gender relations.

The lecture, titled "Encouraging Women's Talents: What Stands in the Way?", will be broadcast at 8 p.m. and runs a little longer than an hour. For a list of locations that can view UITV, visit

Gilligan spoke on the UI campus as a guest of the Seventh Biennial Henry B. & Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development, which ran May 23-25. The lecture was sponsored by the UI's Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, the UI College of Education and the UI College of Law.

Named Ms. magazine's "Woman of the Year" in 1984 and one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine in 1996, Gilligan -- a professor at New York University -- is perhaps best known for her landmark 1982 book "In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development." The book attacked accepted notions of female growth and development and was the very first study to draw attention to the silencing of adolescent girls.

Her latest book, "The Birth of Pleasure" (2002), is a study of the obstacles to love and pleasure posed by human culture and convention. It explains why the differences between men and women create a powerful mutual attraction and, at the same time, lead to bitter conflicts and disillusionment with the opposite sex. The book draws on case histories, the testimonies of adults and children, ancient myths and well-known literary works by Hawthorne, Proust, Toni Morrison, Michael Ondaatje and Arundhatai Roy, as well as The Diary of Anne Frank. The book also examines the harm that is caused when boys and girls are forced into culturally accepted "masculine" and "feminine" models.

Gilligan has contributed to a number of major works on female psychology, including "Women and Girls, Race and Relationship" (1995, written with Jill McLean Taylor and Amy M. Sullivan), "Meeting at the Crossroads: Women's Psychology and Girls Development" (1992, with Lyn Mikel Brown), and "Making Connections: The Relational World of Adolescent Girls at Emma Willard School" (1991, with Nona P. Lyons and Trudy J. Hanmer). The latter is a collection of essays that examine the development of students at the Emma Willard School for Girls in Troy, N.Y. The essays are based on studies conducted in the early 1980s. Gilligan's contribution includes a prologue, preface and epilogue that explain the larger significance of the studies for the field of adolescent female psychology.

Gilligan received her Ph.D. from Harvard, where she was a member of the faculty for 34 years before becoming a professor at NYU.

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