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The American family is changing, but work/family policies have not kept up with those changes. The focus of this seminar is to: 1) review recent demographic trends and their implications for American families; 2) consider the range of work/family policies and their rationales; 3) learn about new approaches to work/family policy, drawing on examples from innovative cities and states as well as other countries; 4) discuss the politics of work/family policies and what is needed to influence adoption of new policies, particularly at the federal level; 5) identify knowledge gaps and agendas for further research. The goal of this seminar is to advance knowledge on this important topic and to promote further research collaborations among Columbia faculty, and between Columbia faculty and outside experts.

Dr. Wendy Chavkin

Associate Provost Carol Hoffman

Professor Jane Waldfogel

Ipshita Pal

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/28/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM