Mother Outlaws look at how dads juggle work and family at next talk

York’s Association for Research on Mothering and the group Mother Outlaws are taking a peak into the life of fathers at their next Toronto 2008 Mother Outlaws Speaker Series on June 18.

"Navigating Work and Family: Dad’s Experience" will take place in Room 313 at Toronto’s 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St. (just north of Wellesley Street), from 7 to 9:30pm.

Kerry Daly, associate dean of research in the College of Social & Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph, will discuss some of the unique challenges men face in their efforts to harmonize work and family lives. That is something Daly knows about first hand as a married father of two.

His lecture will also focus on how fathers navigate through parenting dynamics, the culture of masculinity as well as workplace policies and practices. Daly is director of the Father Involvement Research Alliance, a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Council of Canada. He is also one of the founding directors of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph.

Daly’s current research interests focus on the changing practices of fatherhood, the way that families negotiate and navigate time pressures in their lives, and the challenges families face in trying to harmonize their work and family life.

The event is free.

The Toronto 2008 Mother Outlaws Speaker Series has four more lectures planned for the fall. A Maternal Activism/Activist Mothering Panel will tackle mothering issues on Sept. 30.

For more information, visit the Mother Outlaws Web site or the ARM Web site.