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Story from The Guardian on Whitelegg bookOctober  2009 -Emory's YouTube Channel

Journal of Family Life primer on YouTube

-- Managing Editor Beth Kurylo narrates a video that explains what Journal of Family Life is all about.

Story from The Guardian on Whitelegg bookOct./Nov,  2009 - Emory's Academic Exchange

Digital Scholarship Comes of Age

-- Bradd Shore was skeptical about starting an electronic journal. But he came to realize the digital path was less expensive that a print publication, and offered more options for multimedia scholarship.

Story from The Guardian on Whitelegg bookFeb. 17,  2009 - Emory news release

Family Life Journal to Explore Economy's Effects

-- A new online journal at Emory University is set to explore how families are adjusting to the sputtering economy. Journal of Family Life seeks first-person family stories and individual narratives that illustrate the impact of the global economic downturn on family life. "We want positive and negative stories," says Marshall Duke, journal editor and professor of psychology at Emory. "Some families might actually be spending more time together, for instance."


Story from The Guardian on Whitelegg bookDecember 17, 2008 - USA Today

Many families grow roots, study shows

-- MARIAL faculty fellow Marshall Duke is quoted in USA Today article about a Pew Research Center Study that shows the tug of family ties was cited most often as the reason people don't leave their hometowns. "Home is not a place, but home is an emotion," he said.

Story from The Guardian on Whitelegg bookDecember 2008 -Emory Report

MARIAL Center plans Journal of Family Life

-- The Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL) has created an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, multimedia online journal called “Journal of Family Life.” Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the journal will be a gathering place for ideas and information addressing all aspects of family life in the beginning of the 21st century


August 29, 2007 - Feminist Review

'Working the Skies' is Readable and Enjoyable Story of Perils and Possibilities Flight Attendants Face, Reviewer Says

-- Working the Skies, by Drew Whitelegg, is part psychology, part history and part cultural study with plenty of personal tales from retired and active flight attendants, according to a review by Kristin Conard. She calls the book a readable, enjoyable tale of the perils and possibilities flight attendants face. The majority of flight attendants are women, which places the job in a unique historical and social context.

July 7, 2007 - The Guardian

Flight of Fancy

-- Over the years, the 'trolley dolly' image of cabin crews has faded - but airlines want the sexy hostesses back, according to an article in The Guardian of London, which refers to Drew Whitelegg's new book and interviews him on the topic of the working struggles of flight attendants.

July 1, 2007 - Dallas Morning News

Whitelegg Book Presents 'Well-Documented Realities' of Flight Attendants, AP Writer Says

-- The 1960s image of a stewardess was that of a carefree woman, living a life of sex, drugs and never-ending voyage. But the mythological 'stews' are a far cry from the well-documented realities presented in Drew Whitelegg's new book, Working the Skies: The Fast-Paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant, published by New York University Press. Using a series of interviews and focus groups with flight attendants of all ages, Mr. Whitelegg charts the arc of a profession barely seven decades old. A book review by The Associated Press.

June 18, 2007 - Emory University Press Release

Drew Whitelegg Explores Work Struggles of Flight Attendants In New Book

--Press release describes new book by Drew Whitelegg, former MARIAL postdoc and current director of special projects for MARIAL. “Working the Skies: The Fast-Paced, Disorienting World of the Flight Attendant,” finds that thousands of flight attendants have left their jobs since 9/11 because of layoffs, pay cuts and the emotional toll of a high stress job. Their replacements earn less, have less job security and face working conditions that make it difficult to balancework and family obligations.

April 10-May 8, 2007 - Knowledge@Emory

Does Motherhood Impact Compensation on Wall Street?

--After a slew of high-profile sex discrimination lawsuits hit Wall Street in the 1990s, one might think the financial industry would have learned its lesson. Not so, says Louise Marie Roth author of Selling Women Short: Gender and Money on Wall Street (Princeton University Press 2006). Roth’s research illustrates how Wall Street’s myth of meritocracy permits America’s financial capital to continue to discriminate. Roth shared her findings in a lecture entitled, "Having It All? Workplace Culture and Work-Family Conflict on Wall Street," as part of the Colloquium series sponsored by the MARIAL (Myth and Ritual in American Life) Center at Emory University.

February 25, 2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Dibs on bids: 'I got you babe' may just work"

--Short article describes some of the research of John Gottman, a colleague of Stephanie Coontz, who mentioned his work during her MARIAL lecture. Gottman studies the interaction between newlyweds, which can help predict who is headed for divorce.

February 25, 2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One man, one women -- many myths"

--Stephanie Coontz explains some 'myths of marriage'

February 25, 2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Fall of marriage: Love has a lot to do with it"

--AJC publishes extensive excerpts from a MARIAL lecture by historian and noted author Stephanie Coontz, who argues that love was the real threat to marriage when it entered the picture about 200 years ago.

February 12, 2007 - Emory Report
"MARIAL lecture traces the transformation of love, marriage throughout history"

--A lecture on the history of marriage by Stephanie Coontz is promoted.

January 28, 2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Life, Love and the Unmarried Woman: Is Marriage Disintegrating or Just Evolving?"

--As a follow-up to a New York Times study that found more US women living without husband than with them, the AJC interviews MARIAL Postdoctoral Fellow Kristin Celello, who is writing a book on marriage in 20th-century

January 28, 2007 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"'Sense of Crisis' for Marriage Isn't New"

--Q & A with MARIAL Postdoctoral Fellow Kristin Celello

January 18, 2007 - allafrica.com
"Uganda: What Happened to Family Meals?"

--Online story from allafrica.com references MARIAL family meal research.

January 12, 2007 - The Boston Globe
"Little rituals save time, build ties
A family's culture grows in little ways"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore is quoted in a column by Maggie Jackson on the importance of daily rituals in the lives of busy working families.


September 4 , 2006 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Young People Face Tough Fight on Jobs"

--Bradd Shore is quoted on the growing realization by young people that they may not do as well as their parents in today's job market

August 1, 2006 - World Jewish Digest
"Shabbat Dinner: the Real 'Happy Meal"

--Article explores research findings of Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush of MARIAL, who say family stories shared during family meals benefit children in many ways.

April 30, 2006- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Challenges aside, marriage is for black people"

--MARIAL graduate fellow Riche Barnes wrote this essay for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after reading an April 16 essay in the same publication that suggested that marriage is for white people.

April 2, 2006- USA Today
"American families envied and disdained overseas"

--MARIAL Faculty Fellow Kathryn Yount is quoted in USA Today article that focuses on how American families are viewed overseas. Yount was interviewed during the two-day Myths of the American Family conference, hosted by the MARIAL Center.

March 30, 2006- NBC Nightly News

--NBC Nightly News quotes MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore on a new business that caters to busy working families.

March 28, 2006- USA Today
"Experts: TV doesn't always know best"

--"There is no medium more powerful than television in shaping the way people view family life," says Bradd Shore, director of the Emory University Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life. "Myths don't represent the kind of lives people actually live," says Shore, whose center hosts a two-day conference beginning today.

March 26, 2006- The New York Times
"Meals That Moms Can Almost Call Their Own"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore comments in an article about a trend away fron family cooking, toward meal assembly centers that appeal to busy working parents.

March 26 , 2006- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Our family myths"

--Stephanie Coontz, a guest speaker at the MARIAL Center's two-day Myths of the American Family conference, sites seven key family myths.

March 26 , 2006- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Families: The real, the idealized often at odds, experts say "

--A cover story in the Living section of the Sunday Atlanta
Journal-Constitution tells readers about an upcoming two-day conference on Myths of the American Family, sponsored by the MARIAL Center.

March 16, 2006-USA Today

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore comments on the idea that success means kids must leave home and move away, a middle-class myth that leaves parents with mixed feelings.

February 13, 2006-The Emory Report
"MARIAL Study Focuses on Barbados Middle Class"

--Carla Freeman, MARIAL faculty fellow, is studying the emerging middle class in Barbados to determine how globalization is affecting the group.

February 6, 2006-The Emory Report
"Gordon: 'Familylects' Help Households Define Identity"

--MARIAL Center postdoctoral fellow Cynthia Gordon expanded the definition of 'familylect' - or vocabulary used by a particular family - in her research of tape-recorded family conversations.


December 30, 2005-The New York Times
"Going to Church To Find a Faith That Fits"

MARIAL faculty fellow Nancy Eiesland is quoted in an article about how a growing number of Christian teens go to different churches to find one that feels right to them.

December 22, 2005-The Wall Street Journal
"The Power of Myth: The benefits of Sharing Family Stories of Hard Times"

--Work & Family columnist Sue Shellenbarger writes about MARIAL research done by Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush. She focuses on the power of family stories, and says kids who know their family history have higher self-esteem
and fewer emotional problems, such as depression.

December, 2005-National Public Radio
"From Takeoff to Landing: The Fantasy of the Flight Attendant"

--MARIAL postdoctoral fellow Drew Whitelegg is quoted in an NPR report that notes the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant. Whitelegg has researched the work and family lives of flight attendants and is writing a book on the topic.

November 20, 2005-The Boston Globe
"Nurture the routine of bringing family back to the table"

--Columnist Maggie Jackson writes about the importance of family mealtime, and includes research done by MARIAL Faculty Fellows Robyn Fivush and Marshall Duke.

November 19, 2005-The Washington Post
"Defining Thanksgiving, in Human and Divine Terms"

--MARIAL Director Bradd Shore is quoted in an article about the meaning of Thanksgiving.

November 2-December 13, 2005-Knowledge@Emory
"The Growing Allure of Entrepreneurship in Barbados"

--Knowledge@Emory, an online resource of Emory's Goizueta Business School, interviews MARIAL Faculty Fellow Carla Freeman on her research in Barbados.

October 31, 2005 - The Emory Report
"Family Meals Important to Children's Emotional Health"

--Families who regularly share meals together have children who know more about their family history and therefore tend to have higher self-esteem, interact better with their peers and show higher resilience in the face of adversity. Details on MARIAL research by Robyn Fivush and Marshall Duke.

October 25, 2005 - The Washington Post
"Talking With Your Mouth Full"

--Story elaborates on findings of MARIAL research by faculty fellows Robyn Fivush and Marshall Duke, psychology professors at Emory University, which zeroed in on the ways families talk around the dinner table.

October 13, 2005 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Emory Jewish Students Feel Out of Place"

--MARIAL postdoctoral fellow
Drew Whitelegg writes an essay from Salamanca, Spain, where he observed that Emory students struggled to find a synagogue where they could mark Yom Kippur.

October 10, 2005 - Press Release
"Family Meals, Stories Boost Child Confidence, Say Emory Researchers"

July 18, 2005 - The Barbados Advocate
"Freeman to study middle-class entrepreneurs in Barbados"

--Story in Barbados newspaper describes field work of MARIAL faculty fellow Carla Freeman.

July 18, 2005 - Emory Report
"The Heart of the City"

--MARIAL postdoctoral fellow Drew Whitelegg, a native Britain, reflects on the symbolism of King’s Cross transit station in London, where terrorists recently struck.

July 13, 2005 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“King’s Cross station a symbol of liberty”

--MARIAL postdoctoral fellow Drew Whitelegg, a native of Britain, reflects on recent terrorist bombings in London.

July 12, 2005 - Chicago Tribune
"Flexibility a `necessity, not a perk' "

--Chicago Tribune business columnist Carol Kleiman, who writes a nationally syndicated column, writes about MARIAL faculty fellow Carla Freeman’s research in Barbados.

May 2005 - Ladies Home Journal
"How Family History Brings You Closer"

--MARIAL core faculty member Marshall Duke discusses how family history can help children become more resilient, and bring families closer.

April 2005 - The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Busy lives cut into family mealtime: THE DINNER DANCE"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore comments on changes in family mealtime

January 24, 2005 - Emory Report
"Family ways of coping with 9/11 a clue to resilience"

January 16, 2005 - Boston Globe
"Three myths about work and family that obscure the real issues"


November 25, 2004 - National Public Radio
"Mythic Journeys: Celebrating Joseph Campbell’s Centenary, A Two-Hour Public Radio Special for Thanksgiving"
-- Emory anthropology professor Bradd Shore will talk about Thanksgiving rituals and traditions during the program. Shore is director of Emory Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL).

October 21, 2004 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Ageless memories, timeless stories"
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution reviews photographer Dana Kemp’s exhibit, “Visions and Voices,” on display at MARIAL Center.

September 23, 2004- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Theories on kids, memory debated"
-- MARIAL core faculty member Robyn Fivush’s work on childhood amnesia is cited in AJC article

July 17, 2004- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Film shares family, faith of camp meeting"
--Considers the documentary film "Family Revival" directed by MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore and shot by anthropology student Scott Edmondson.

July 16, 2004- Newton Citizen
"Documentarian decides to call Covington home"

--Article about MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore's recent move to Salem, the town on which his documentary film "Family Revival" is based.

Summer 2004- Indiawali Brides
"Home is Where the Heart is"

--MARIAL graduate fellow Jennifer B. Saunders, a PhD candidate in religion, is quoted on transnationalism in this magazine published in Delhi, India, by Ogaan Publications Private Limited.

February 2004- Emory Report
"Lacy traces origins of middle class 'blackness'"

--Offers an overview of a talk given by MARIAL Center's Karyn Lacy on her research into the ways that the children of middle class, black families, living in significantly different social environments, come to develop a racial identity, and how their parents feel about the ways in which they do it.


September 2003 - Atlanta Journal Constitution

--Announcement of a MARIAL Center talk given by Martha Rees (Agnes Scott College), as part of the "Postcards From the Cutting Edge: Modern Family Life in America" series.

September 2003 - Emory Report
"Colloquiua expand learning outside the classroom"

--Announcement of the MARIAL Center's 2003 Colloquiua series, "Postcards From the Cutting Edge: Modern Family Life in America."

August 2003 - Knowledge@Emory
"The New Model of Work: From Restructuring to Intellectual Free Agents"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore comments on changes in the workplace.

May 2003 - Emory Report
"First Person/Bradd Shore"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore gives a first-person report on the importance of family routines and rituals in an increasingly fragmented society.

May 2003 - Emory Report
"Whitelegg Studies Lives of Flight Attendants"

--An overview of a talk given for MARIAL by postdoctoral fellow Drew Whitelegg.

April 2003 - San Jose Mercury News
"Confessed Killer Tells What Led to Guilty Plea"

--MARIAL Center Director Bradd Shore comments on murder confession by Samoan who says cultural pride led to guilty plea".

Spring 2003 - Emory Magazine
"Mind Your Manners"

--An overview of a talk given at Emory University by Miss Manners (Judith Martin), the "Queen of Etiquette".

March 2003 - Press Release
"There's No Place Like Home: An Anthropologist Looks at the American Family"

--Brief overview of Bradd Shore's lecture at the Emory University Great Teachers Lecture Event, March 13, 2003

December 2002/January 2003 - Academic Exchange
Money Changes Everything: Commerce, philanthropy, and the culture of the academy
--Interview with Bradd Shore

Thursday, January 23, 2003 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
American etiquette still alive, says Miss Manners
By Bo Emerson, Staff Writer
--An interview with Miss Manners (Judith Martin) just before her arrival as a guest of the MARIAL Center.

Monday, January 21, 2003 - Emory Report
Miss Manners columnist to speak at Carlos
By Beth Kurylo & Eric Rangus
--Announcement concerning Judith Martin (aka: Miss Manners) and her talk for MARIAL at the Carlos Museum.


Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dec. 25: A day like any other?
By Marlon Manuel
--Bradd Shore is quoted concerning the 24/7 pace of the American worker and its effects on the holiday season.

Saturday, September 21, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rooms to Grow: Metro homes get bigger
By Marlon Manuel
--Bradd Shore is quoted concerning the symbolic meanings of roomier homes.

Monday, September 16, 2002 - Emory Report
9/11 a story we must tell
By Marshall Duke
- MARIAL core faculty member Marshall Duke's address to Emory University concerning 9/11.

Monday, August 26, 2002 - Business Week
25 Ideas for a Changing World--Workplace
By Diane Brady
--Bradd Shore speaks about what it means to keep busy in our society.

Monday, August 26, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory housing includes live-in profs
Plush complex mixes students, faculty

By James Salzer
--Bradd Shore, who recently moved to Emory's new Clairmont Campus, is asked about the faculty-in-residence program that he has joined.

Sunday, August 18, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Summer Time: Camp Devotion
For one week in late summer, a fusion of family and faith around the South

By Gayle White - Staff
--Bradd Shore is cited regarding his research at Salem Campground in Newton County, Georgia.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - Knowledge at Emory
How "Keeping up With the Joneses" Can Add to Work/Life Stress
--MARIAL's Carol M. Worthman is quoted regarding her research on biological, cultural and psychosocial dynamics in work and family life.

Sunday, June 16, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Critic's Notebook: Reflections on season of highs and lows
By Wendell Brock - Staff
--AJC theater critic calls 'Staging the American Family' collaboration between Theater Emory and MARIAL a highlight of the theater season in Atlanta

Sunday, May 19, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Family 'hero' stories help children endure hardships
By Martha Ezzard
--Ezzard talks with MARIAL fellow Marshall Duke about his work with co-researcher and MARIAL fellow Robyn Fivush.

Sunday, May 12, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Warped speed: Where has all the time gone?
By Marlon Manuel – Staff
--Bradd Shore is cited regarding Americans' valuation of high productivity.

Thursday, May 9, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Working moms still struggle: Single parents, minorities most penalized, poll says
By Tammy Joyner - Staff
--MARIAL fellow Laurel Parker West rejects the "babies vs. careers" postulation for working mothers.

Sunday, April 28, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A driven nation turns inward

By Tammy Joyner– Staff
--Marshall Duke is cited regarding post-September 11th attempts at self-discovery.

February 22, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'Wilderness' a touching journey into family life

By Wendell Brock

February 22, 2002 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A look at society and the stage
By Wendell Brock

February 11, 2002 - Emory Report
O'Neill play highlights symposium on family
By Deb Hammacher

January 22, 2002 - Emory Report
Paxton examines post-9/11 American flag bearing
By Elizabeth Kurylo



Summer 2001 - Emory Magazine
WHERE THE HEART IS: Emory's MARIAL Center Examines Myth and Ritual in American Life

May 29, 2001 - Emory Report
Duke gives inside, outside the academy
By Eric Rangus

April 16, 2001 - Emory Report
MARIAL’s Paxton asks students out to the prom
By Cathy Byrd

March 25, 2001 - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Emory professor's cultural studies cut across generations"
Bo Emerson - Staff

January 8, 2001 - Emory Report
West examines child care, 'myths of motherhood'
By Michael Alpert



November 6, 2000 - Emory Report
Paschel peels into the South’s food culture
By Michael Alpert

January 28, 2000 - Press Release