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Speaker to address changing attitudes about gender and work in Europe

2/21/2011 —

The next speaker in the Globalization and Sustainability Speaker Series, Irene Hanson Frieze, will present "Responding to a Changing World: Attitudes About Gender, Work and Family in Post-Socialist Europe," on Thursday February 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Frable 221.

Professor Frieze has worked at the University of Pittsburgh since 1972. She was hired in Psychology and Women's Studies to help develop the Women's Studies Program. She came from UCLA in Los Angeles, where she received all her university degrees.

Today, her major research areas include a cross-cultural study of changing work, family, and gender attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe and the United States. She also works on Intimate Partner Violence, place attachment and other psychological factors in travel and migration, women and retirement. She finds that moving from one research area to another helps keep things more interesting. One of her current major activities is being editor of the journal, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.

Her cross cultural research is done in collaboration with scholars from Slovenia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Russia. She has been working in this region since 1991, during a time of major economic and political transitions.

The speaker series is co-sponsored by Teaching International, Greener Allegheny, and the Honors Program.

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