About the 17th Annual CCF Conference
The Council on Contemporary Families’s 17th Annual Conference, titled “Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love” will be held on April 25 – 26, 2014 at the University of Miami.
The Council on Contemporary Families is dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families as they really are, and the annual conference serves as a venue in which to highlight this research and practice. Each year, the CCF conference successfully creates an environment of dialogue and participation. Presenters limit their prepared remarks to fifteen minutes; this means that presenters and conference participants convene for focused, lively deliberation on provocative questions. The conference is geared towards addressing key policy and public issues of the moment, moving beyond simple party-line solutions. Informal meeting times extend the discussion and give reporters ample opportunity to find new contacts and new stories to enhance another year of stories.
The CCF conference also presents media awards to journalists and public media figures who produce distinguished work covering family issues–and working with family experts.
Technological change influences family research methods, clinical practice, and the everyday experiences of families themselves, making the intersections of new technologies and families a timely focus of the 2014 Conference.
- Hear from a stellar group of nationally renowned speakers from diverse academic institutions, practices, and organizations such as the Pew Internet Research Center, Urban Institute Justice Policy Center, Donaldson Adoption Institute, Healthy Start Coalition and Maryland Population Research Center.
- Get media savvy at the included 2-hour interactive workshop. Learn how to reach a broad audience in the age of social media and the 24-hour news cycle.
- Interact with panelists and CCF board members throughout the conference
- Attend a media awards luncheon to honor outstanding journalists for their non-partisan coverage of tech-related family issues.
- Mingle! Start your Miami weekend with live Latin music, snacks and bar at our Friday evening social hour.
- Join! Become a member or renew your CCF membership and get a reduced conference rate.
|Amanda Lenhart, Senior Researcher, Pew Internet and American Life Project, will present the latest 2014 findings from the Pew Research Center on how digital technologies are influencing close adult relationships.|
|Ellen Wartella, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-thani Professor of Communication & Director, Center on Media and Human Development, Northwestern University, will discuss her cutting edge national survey on Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology.|
Media Savvy Workshop: Technologies for Reaching a Broad Audience
Get expert tips from leaders in the field on writing opinion pieces and magazine articles, academic blogging, translating and publicizing academic work from a journalist’s perspective, civic hacking (crowd-sourcing for public interest) and policy change.
Moderator: Jennifer Glass
Panelists: Philip N Cohen, Stephanie Coontz, Jose Marichal, Kristal Brent Zook
Family Ties 2.0
How have digital technologies affected family structure, communications and aging? This panel will examine how the internet has transformed the adoption process, how connections are made between egg and sperm donor sibling groups, “aging in place” with new devices, and post-divorce family communication.
Moderator: Roksana Badruddoja
Panelists: Marilyn Coleman, Lawrence Ganong, Rosanna Hertz, Margaret K Nelson, Laurie Orlov, Adam Pertman
New Technologies and Family Health
How are advanced medical technologies, home media and digital devices influencing pre-natal decisions, maternal and child health, and children’s well-being and behavior?
Moderator: Adina Nack
Panelists: Sandra Hofferth, Jennifer Burke LeFever, Manuel Fermin, Isaac Prilleltensky, Ora Prilleltensky, Samantha Dietz
Making & Maintaining Relationships
From online dating controversies to digital love letters, how have new media influenced the way intimate relationships are shaped and held together?
Moderator: Robert Crosnoe
Panelists: Pepper Schwartz, Shannon Cavanagh, Michelle Janning
Breaching and Breaking Relationships: Tech Walls & Windows
How are online bullying, abuse, exclusion, gaming, pornography, and device overuse adversely affecting couples and families? How are clinicians treating these issues?
Moderator: Virginia Rutter
Panelists: Janine Zweig, Katherine Hertlein, Joshua Coleman
CCF Conference Headquarters
The 2014 CCF Conference will be hosted by the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. The University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond. The campus is one of South Florida’s prime destinations for a rich variety of arts and culture offerings.
CCF has negotiated discounted rates at the following hotels:
The Holiday Inn at Coral Gables ($99 + 13% tax per night per room, for up to four people)
1350 South Dixie Highway (US1), Coral Gables, FL 33146
The Holiday Inn is across from the University of Miami campus, and is within walking distance of the conference. Parking is free at the hotel. To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn, call 305-667-5611, and ask for the CCF rate.
The Courtyard Marriott at Coconut Grove ($129 + 13% tax per night for single or double occupancy)
2649 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133
The Courtyard Marriot is 4 miles from the University of Miami campus, and is close to many restaurants, shops, and the nightlife of the CocoWalk. Parking is $24.4 per day at this hotel. To reserve a room at the Courtyard Marriott, call 305-858-2500 and ask to speak with the manager of reservations. State that you are an attendee to the CCF Conference at the University of Miami. No reservation code is needed.
Interested in finding a roommate? Contact Michelle Janning at janninmy
The Council on Contemporary Families is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of family researchers, mental health and social practitioners, and clinicians dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best practice findings about American families. It was founded in 1996 and is based at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development.