Libby Nutt Williams
Annual Colloquium - 2001
Revaluing the Family New Histories, New Visions
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Iris Ford was recently appointed by Governor Parris Glendening to Maryland's first and groundbreaking Task Force on Slavery, Dr. Ford is an active member in the local community, serving in numerous capacities on various boards and councils. She has conducted anthropological research in both East and West Africa on the family, particularly on the nutritional status and global view of women rearing children in poverty. In her talk, Dr. Ford will discuss the trend toward matrifocal (women-centered) structures of the family unit in African and African-American communities and refashion traditionalist conceptions of the role of the African-American male in Black family life.
In "Mama's Baby, Papa's? Maybe: The Trend Toward Matrifocal Families," Ford presented a re-examination of women's roles in the family unit in African and African-American communities.