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Women's Research Institute sponsors two lectures in September

The Brigham Young University Women’s Research Institute will present two speakers during September as part of its Women’s Studies Colloquium Thursdays at noon in 1063G Joseph Fielding Smith Building.

Hala Madanat, part-time faculty in the Department of Health Sciences, will speak Sept. 8 on the topic “Women in the Middle East.”

Madanat will discuss misconceptions about Middle Eastern women, the sources of these misconceptions and the main issues that women in the Middle East are currently facing.

While teaching health issues in the Middle East, women in the Middle East and sociology of the Middle East at BYU, she is also writing her dissertation on the impact of urbanization and westernization as well as diet trends on Jordanian women.

Wendy Watson, a BYU marriage and family therapist, and doctoral student Jill C. Manning will speak Sept. 22 on a qualitative study of support systems women find most beneficial when dealing with a spouse’s sexually addictive and compulsive behaviors.

After teaching for 12 years at the University of Calgary in Canada, Watson became professor at BYU in 1993. With a professional background as a nurse and a psychologist, Watson has worked as a marriage and family therapist for more than 25 years.

Manning is finishing her doctorate in marriage and family therapy, and she recently completed a social science fellowship at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The Women's Studies Colloquium is a scholarly forum for discussion, intellectual development and scholarly collaboration among students, faculty and others interested in Women's Studies.

The Women’s Studies Colloquium is also available for credit (WS 392R). For more information, contact the Women’s Research Institute at

Writer: Angela Fischer

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