Speakers


Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D.

Roz BarnettRosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and Executive Director of its Community, Families & Work Program. Alone and with others, she has published over 110 articles, 39 chapters, and six books.

"Same Difference: How Gender Myths are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and our Jobs," written with Caryl Rivers, was published in paperback in 2004 by Basic Books. She and Caryl are working on a new book, "The Truth About Boys and Girls." Her articles have appeared both in academic journals and in such general publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, McCalls , Self, and Working Woman.

Barnett's major current research interests are in:

  1. employees' concerns about adult elders and relatives for whom they have responsibility and employees' own well-being and job performance outcomes;
  2. linkages between utilization of workplace flexibility policies and employees' health;
  3. and associations between having a materially dependent young adult child and parents' own mental health.

Barnett is the recipient of several national and international awards, including being recipient of the One of the Top Five Downloaded Articles in Blackwell Synergy in 2005 Award, the American Personnel and Guidance Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Research, the Radcliffe College Graduate Society's Distinguished Achievement Medal and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government's 1999 Goldsmith Research Award. A 1997 journal article co-authored with Robert Brennan received the "best paper" of 1997 award from the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Lise Eliot

Lise EliotLise Eliot is associate professor of neuroscience at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics from Columbia University, working in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, where she combined electrophysiological and calcium imaging methods to analyze the synaptic mechanisms underlying learning.  She then trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Daniel Johnston at Baylor College of Medicine, studying the mechanisms of calcium influx and plasticity in hippocampal neurons. Eliot joined the CMS faculty in 1998 and currently directs the Medical Neuroscience course for first year medical students, the Ethics in Biomedical Research course for first year Ph.D. students, and the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience.

Eliot has published more than 50 works, including peer-reviewed journal articles, magazine pieces, and the book, "What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life" (Bantam, 2000).  

Honors include a magna cum laude bachelor's degree from Harvard, a predoctoral NSF fellowship, a postdoctoral NIH fellowship, a Grass Fellowship in Neurophysiology, a Whiteley Scholarship from the University of Washington, and a Rosalind Franklin Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Eliot's second book, "Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About It," was published in September 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Dan Kindlon

Dan KindlonDan Kindlon is a clinical and research psychologist specializing in behavioral problems of children and adolescents. He teaches child psychology at Harvard University, where he has been a faculty member since 1985.

In over 20 years of clinical practice — consisting of psychotherapy, neuropsychological evaluation and school consultation — Dr. Kindlon has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of emotional problems, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

He is the author of numerous scientific journal articles and three books including the 1999 NY Times bestselling “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys” (co-authored with Michael Thompson).

Currently Kindlon lectures widely to groups of parents, educators and mental health professionals. He has made numerous national media appearances including the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio. He lives outside Boston with his wife and two children.

Caryl Rivers

Caryl RiversCaryl Rivers is the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about — and commenting on — American life and politics for four decades.

As a Washington newspaper correspondent, she wrote on the Vietnam debate, the women’s movement, the rise of the political right, the battles over political correctness and the divides over race, class and gender that have often convulsed the nation for U.S. newspapers and magazines. Her books have been selections of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month, Doubleday book Club and Troll Book Club.

Rivers’ commentaries appear widely in the media. She blogs regularly on media and politics for Huffington Post, she is a regular commentator for the award winning website Women’s e news and her opeds have appeared in many national publications.

Teaming up with Brandeis Senior Scientist Dr. Rosalind Barnett, she has co-authored a series of award- winning books on the behavioral sciences that debunk myths about women, men and society.

Barrie Thorne

Barrie ThorneBarrie Thorne joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1995 as a professor of sociology and women's studies. She previously taught at Michigan State University and the University of Southern California. Her work focuses on the sociology of gender; feminist theory; the sociology of age relations, childhood, and families; and ethnographic methods.

She is the U.S. editor of Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research and the outgoing Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Children and Youth.

In 2002 she received the A.S.A. Jessie Bernard Award in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass the role of women in society. She has also received awards for teaching and mentoring. From 1998 to 2002 Thorne co-directed the Berkeley Center for Working Families, helping to build a feminist intellectual community focused on the themes of "cultures of care" and the changing contours of family life in the context of global economic restructuring.

She is the author of “Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School” (Rutgers, 1993) and co-editor of “Feminist Sociology: Life Histories of a Movement” (Rutgers, 1997), “Rethinking the Family: Some Feminist Questions” (Northeastern University Press, 1992); “Language, Gender and Society” (Newbury House, 1983), and “Language and Sex: Difference and Dominance” (Newbury House, 1975).

Thorne is currently writing a book, tentatively titled “Growing Up in Oakland,” based on three years of collaborative fieldwork and interviewing in a mixed-income, ethnically diverse area of the city.