MADISON —  Ann Crittenden, journalist, economist and Pulitzer Prize nominee, will present a public lecture on Thursday (June 13), in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin System Work/Life Forum.

Crittenden is author of the national bestseller The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued. Her public lecture is scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. at the Madison Club, Terrace Room at 5 East Wilson St.

Crittenden will also present the keynote address at the UW System Work/Life Forum, where issues related to integrating work and personal life will be discussed by a range of speakers. The forum is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Madison Club.

Crittenden was a reporter for The New York Times from 1975 to 1983, where she wrote on a broad range of economic issues, initiated numerous investigative reports, and authored a series on world hunger that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

She was also a financial writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a reporter for Fortune, a visiting lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University, a regular economics commentator for CBS News, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism in Washington, D.C. She is also author of Sanctuary: A Story of American Conscience and Law in Collision and Killing the Sacred Cows: Bold Ideas for a New Economy.

UW System President Katharine Lyall said the concepts advocated by the work/life forum are vital to the social and economic health of Wisconsin.

“Making investments in the people who contribute to the state’s public higher education system is critical to the future of Wisconsin,” Lyall said. “Recruiting and retaining-and producing-the optimal quality workforce requires attention be paid to people’s needs both at and away from the workplace.”

The UW System Work/Life Forum is co-sponsored by University Book Store; Women in Higher Education and its editor and publisher, Mary Dee Wenniger; UW-
Madison Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute; UW National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; and Restaino-Bunbury & Associates Realtors.

Other featured speakers at the UW System Work/Life Forum include Kathleen Christensen, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Robert Drago, professor of labor studies and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University; and members of the College and University Work/Family Association (CUWFA) from Harvard and Northwestern universities and the Universities of Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota.

Note to reporters: Ann Crittenden will hold a media availability from 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madison Club. She will also be available for personal interviews on Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Madison Club.

Media contact:

Louise Root-Robbins
(608) 262-6831