Family and Consumer Sciences
2014 Conference on Family Wellness Embraces Reality, February 11-13
The 2014 Conference on Family Wellness theme is "Embrace Reality: Conversations about Dating, Sex, and Singlehood." The conference is an annual event, produced by senior Family Relations majors in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and sponsored by the Caroline Cross Chair in Family and Consumer Sciences. This year's conference features a number of noted authors, scholars and speakers.
Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She writes extensively on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America. Hymowitz is the author of 4 books including Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age and Liberation's Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age. Her newest book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys. Ms. Hymowitz has also written for many major publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, New York Newsday, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, and Commentary. In addition to her writing, Hymowitz has presented her work at many conferences, most recently at "A New Era: Defining Civil Rights in the 21st Century," sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She sits on the board of the journal National Affairs and of Future of Children, a publication of the Brookings Institute and the Woodrow Wilson School. She has also discussed her work on numerous radio and television programs. Ms. Hymowitz will present a noted lecture on Thursday evening, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Stowe Center in Swang Center. It is open and free to the public.
John Van Epp is a nationally prominent speaker and author of the noted How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk, L.I.N.K.S, and P.I.C.K. programs, based on the Relationship Attachment Model. He has offered training in this model in numerous states and countries, and has done extensive training for U.S. military chaplains. Van Epp will offer training in his programs on Tuesday, and will speak to the Lipscomb Academy students on Wednesday, February 12. Registration for the training is through the P.I.C.K. website. On Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., Van Epp will speak to area-wide student groups in McQuiddy Gym. This event is sponsored by the University Admissions Office. Register here for the event (pizza included!) Student Night with John Van Epp
Michael Johnson will be the featured speaker in The Gathering on Tuesday, February 11, and will return for Men's Chapel on February 13, and for a late night session with men on Thursday evening. Johnson is the founder of Future Marriage University. He is a popular speaker with university audiences across the country, and returns to Lipscomb as a conference speaker. He will address the topic of "The Top 10 Dumbest Reasons to Date," covering the first five in The Gathering, and concluding with the last five in Men's Chapel on Thursday. He will lead a period of discussion and Q&A on Thursday evening at 9:00 in Swang 108.
Kimberly "Brownie" Vaughn is a dynamic and energetic woman with magnetic compassion, delivering attractive, power-packed messages. Brownie inspires single women to love their God-given significance. Through speaking engagements and events, she adamantly shares how her journey to joy included pit stops such as bitterness over heartaches, settling for ungodly attraction, searching for validation, and understanding the reasons for rejection in single-hood. Founder/CEO of You Are Singled Out, Brownie is also is the author who emphasizes the importance for single women to prepare for relationships that will reflect love and integrity. Her latest book, Sane in a Sex Filled World, provides practical steps for single women wanting to win on the battlefield of love, sex, and sanity. She will speak to Women's Chapel on Thursday, and return to Shamblin Theater at 9:00 p.m. for a women's only "Late Night with Brownie."