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May 4, 2004

Gender Relations Expert Gilligan To Keynote Wallace Research Symposium

Carol Gilligan, one of the country's most influential experts on female psychology and gender relations, will be a keynote speaker during the Seventh Biennial Henry B. & Jocelyn Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development on the University of Iowa campus May 23-25.

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 will speak on "Encouraging Women's Talents: What Stands in the Way?" from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Monday, May 24 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is being 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. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the talk.

With the exception of Gilligan's talk, paid registration is required for the symposium, which will bring together researchers and theorists from around the world to present their current work on talent development, creativity and gifted education. The symposium is sponsored by Belin-Blank Center.

Belin-Blank Director Nicholas Colangelo said the symposium promises to be better than ever this year.

"Many gifted-child experts have indicated that the Wallace Symposium is the premiere conference in the field," said Colangelo, the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education. "The 2004 symposium again brings together exceptional scholars."

Other scheduled keynote speakers and talks include:

-- Miraca Gross (GERRIC, University of New South Wales), speaking on "Exceptionally Gifted Children Grown Up: Findings from the Second Decade of a Longitudinal Study," from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, May 23.

-- The Second Julian C. Stanley Lecture by Arthur Jensen (University of California-Berkeley) on "The Fallacies of Research on Mental Ability," 8 to 9:15 a.m. Monday, May 24.

-- Perry Zirkel (Lehigh University) will speak on "Critical Issues in the Law of Gifted Education" from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 24.

-- Arthur Schwartz (John Templeton Foundation) will speak on "Identifying and Measuring Spiritual Giftedness" from 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Monday, May 24.

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.

To register, or for more information about the symposium, visit or call the Belin-Blank Center at 319-335-6196 or, toll free, 1-800-336-6463.

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