Hickman lecturer to give five secrets of families who flourish

Contact: Kim Reid

Writer: Danielle Leavitt

Dr. Randal D. Day, professor in the School of Family Life and Director of the Family Studies Center at BYU, will be speaking Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm in 250 SWKT at Brigham Young University for the Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar Lecture.

Dr. Day's lecture is “The Power of Sacred Living: Five Secrets of Families who Flourish.” Dr. Day is a Fellow of the National Council on 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. Dr. Day teaches courses about families in processes, families in a cross-cultural context, and family research.

Dr. 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 Wave V of 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/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. Hickman was very loyal to the college and his colleagues; this loyalty was surpassed only by loyalty to his wife, JoAnn, and their six daughters.The Martin B. Hickman Scholar Award was established to recognize a distinguished member of the college faculty who emulates Hickman's example.

The lecture will be filmed and archived at http://fhss.byu.edu under “Lectures” within a week of the event.