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Love: American Style is the YWCA’s Breakfast topic May 4, 2018. Stephanie Coontz, a noted expert on American families – past and present – will keynote the Bellingham YWCA’s Leadership Power Breakfast from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 4, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Bellingham.
Proceeds from the breakfast support the YWCA emergency and transitional housing program for homeless women. A minimum $50 donation is requested at the event. For reservations call 360-734-4820 or email email@example.com by April 25 to assure seating.
Coontz will explore “The Changing Landscape of Love” – how the rules for navigating personal relationships have changed in recent decades. She will show “how shifts in work, gender relations, economic trends and family dynamics impact individuals, couples and society at large – for better and for worse.”
Families, marriage and gender relations have changed more in the last 40 years, Coontz claims, than in the previous 4,000, posing new challenges as well as unprecedented new opportunities.
Coontz is a frequent guest on network and cable television, and writes for major U.S. and international newspapers and magazines as well as academic journals. Her work has received many awards and has been translated into 11 languages. Her recent Op Ed article in the New York Times was titled For a Better Marriage Act Like a Single Person.
She is the Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families and an historian at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.
Her most recent book is a revised edition of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap. Among her many other books are A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s; Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage; and The Way We Really Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families.
Coontz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California/Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of Washington where she was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. For more information about her background see: http://www.stephaniecoontz.com/ .
Bestselling Humorist: Sardonic Wit and Satire
David Sedaris, NPR humorist and bestselling writer, applies his unique perspective to everyday events and creates masterful comedic moments. Author of Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Holidays on Ice, and many more, Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. There are over 10 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.
MBT Field Guide Insights:
Encounter the sardonic wit and incisive social critiques that have made David Sedaris one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves him to be a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
“He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and he’s . . . well, nice.” – Toronto Globe and Mail
“Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident.” – Entertainment Weekly
Adult humor & language
Experience the world “up close” with Robert Dash, “a photographer, naturalist and educator whose book invites readers on a wild, contemplative, miniature hike. His photographs have been published by National Geographic, Time, The Week and Lensculture, and they have appeared in galleries and juried shows around the country,” from Amazon editorial reviews. Sponsored by Friends of Island Library.
MOUNT BAKER THEATRE PRESENTS:
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass
Iconic Storyteller: This American Life Star
Ira Glass is the creator, producer and host of This American Life, the iconic, weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music and video, Glass delivers a unique talk, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: what inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions? During his presentation, Ira Glass will mix stories live on stage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers.
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Dig deep into everyday joy with Ira Glass, whose radio show is enjoyed weekly by 2.2 million people and has won five Peabody Awards. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to witness the storyteller become the story and offer you what he’s picked up in that familiar, friendly voice.
“These stories float right into your brain and lodge there.” – The Nation
“It’s hard to make something that’s interesting.” – Ira Glass
Saturday, Jun 23, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Premier – $59.50
Section A – $50.50
Section B – $41.50
Value – $25.50
plus applicable fees – Group discounts available – call 360-734-6080