Boston University School of Law is delighted to celebrate the publication of Professor Linda C. McClain’s book, What Is Parenthood?: Contemporary Debates about the Family.
Extraordinary changes in patterns of family life—and family law—have dramatically altered the boundaries of parenthood and opened up numerous questions and debates. What is parenthood and why does it matter? How should society define, regulate, and support it? Is parenthood separable from marriage—or couplehood—when society seeks to foster children’s well-being? What is the better model of parenthood from the perspective of child outcomes?
Intense disagreements over the definition and future of marriage often rest upon conflicting convictions about parenthood. What Is Parenthood? (New York University Press, 2013) asks bold and direct questions about parenthood in contemporary society, and it brings together a stellar interdisciplinary group of scholars with widely varying perspectives to investigate them. Editors Linda C. McClain and Daniel Cere facilitate a dynamic conversation between scholars from several disciplines about competing models of parenthood and a sweeping array of topics, including single parenthood, adoption, donor-created families, gay and lesbian parents, transnational parenthood, parent-child attachment, and gender difference and parenthood.
To celebrate the publication of this timely and significant book, we have invited three distinguished scholars to comment on it. Professor McClain will respond.
Book Symposium (BU Law, Barristers Hall, 12:45-2:00 p.m.)
- Welcome: Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law
- Moderator: James Fleming, Professor and Associate Dean, BU School of Law
- Sanford Katz, Darald & Juliet Libby Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
- Laura Rosenbury, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law (visiting at Harvard Law School)
- Katharine Silbaugh, Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar, BU School of Law
- Response: Linda McClain, BU School of Law
All – including not only professors, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates, but also alumni and the general public – are welcome to attend the symposium. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James E. Fleming.