Randal D. Day, professor in the School of Family Life and director of the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, will be speaking Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower for the Annual Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar Lecture.
Day's lecture is titled “The Power of Sacred Living: Five Secrets of Families Who Flourish.” He is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and has served as a section chair and board member for that organization. His research interests include family processes, father involvement and father re-entry from prison. He also teaches courses about family processes, families in a cross-cultural context and family research.
Day has authored and co-authored several professional articles, books and reports on subjects relevant to family science. He currently leads the effort to collect research for the Flourishing Families Project. This research project has, for the last four consecutive years, interviewed about 500 families in Seattle and 180 families in the Provo and Orem area about their experiences within inner-family life.
The lecture is held annually in honor of Martin B. Hickman, a former dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. Hickman is considered the father of BYU's American Heritage Program, as well as an instrumental hand in creating the Women's Research Institute, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the Family Studies Center and other significant research efforts. The Martin B. Hickman Scholar Award was established to recognize a distinguished member of the college faculty who emulates Hickman's example.
Writer: Mel Gardner