Dr. Deborah Tannen Reflects on a Distinguished Career in Linguistics as a Daughter, Sister, Professor, Citizen

  • 04 May 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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WAPA is pleased to announce our speaker for the May 4th program on Zoom, Dr. Deborah Tannen, University Professor at Georgetown University in the Department of Linguistics.  Since Dr. Tannen is well known both within and outside of the academy we encourage you to invite interested friends and colleagues.

Speaker Deborah Tannen, PhD.  University Professor, Linguistics Department, Georgetown University

Date: Tuesday, 04 May 2021

Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm

About the talk:

Dr Deborah Tannen Reflects on a Distinguished Career in Linguistics as a Daughter, Sister, Professor, Citizen

WAPA is very pleased to close the program year with a presentation from Dr. Deborah Tannen. A distinguished professor, she is well known to the public for her work in linguistics, influencing how the public looks at relationships within marriage, families and in the workplace.  More recently Dr. Tannen has written about her own family focusing on her father’s life journey which spanned most of the 20th century.  Using this lens, she reflects on families facing the stress of modernization, the impact of strict religious (Hasidic Jewish) tradition on women, occupation during war, antisemitism, immigration and building a new life in mid-20th century New York.  In this talk, Dr. Tannen will discuss her book, Finding My Father: His Century Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow.  Dr. Tannen will also reflect on her scholarly career and communicating about her research to the public outside of the academy.  

About the speaker:

Dr. Deborah Tannen, a member of the Linguistics Department faculty at Georgetown, holds the distinguished rank of University Professor. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Among her 26 books (13 authored, 13 edited or co-edited), the best known outside the academy is You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. Her You’re Wearing THAT?, about mothers and grown daughters, and You Were Always Mom’s Favorite!, about sisters, were also New York Times bestsellers, while Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work was a New York Times Business best seller. Dr. Tannen’s most recent book is Finding My Father: His Century Long Journey from World War I Warsaw and My Quest to Follow. More than a memoir, this book provides moving insight into numerous themes from immigration, antisemitism and modernization to the impact of family secrets on family members. She has been a guest on such television and radio news and information shows as 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS NewsHour, Oprah, The Colbert Report, Hardball, Nightline, and many shows on CNN and NPR including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, 1A, and Fresh Air. She has been featured in and written for most major newspapers and magazines including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, USA Today, and The Harvard Business Review. In addition to her linguistic research and writing, she has published poems, short stories, and personal essays. Her play “An Act of Devotion” is included in The Best American Short Plays: 1993-1994.

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