A benefit concert by Bill Bolcom and Joan Morris to support the Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 4:00pm at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI. (Purchase your tickets here.)
The Douvan Fund is designed to jump start research careers in the field of life course development by providing small grants to emerging researchers. The scholars use these dollars to enhance their skills and develop connections with other scholars and future collaborators.
Bill and Joan are well known members of the U-M faculty, acclaimed performers all around the country, and were very close to Libby and her husband, Victor. They will play a selection of songs, including many that were particularly meaningful to Libby. There will also be a small program during which attendees will be introduced to the two Douvan Fellows, Rona Carter and Nicky Newton.
Tickets for the event are $50.00. A portion of the purchase price is a tax-deductible donation to the University of Michigan for endowment, in perpetuity, and is administered at the direction of the Director of the Institute for Social Research in accordance with University policy. Ticket holders will be sent receipts with tax information following the concert.
The Elizabeth Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development was established by the students, colleagues, and friends of Libby Douvan to honor her life and work by encouraging research agendas in Life Course Development and supporting junior researchers in the departments where Libby spend most of her intellectual life. The Fund was designed to give a helping hand to senior graduate students, post-doctoral candidates, and junior faculty members with research agendas in Life Course Development and affiliation with the U-M Department of Psychology, the U-M Women’s Studies Program, or the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Scholars at this point in their careers are often at their most creative and productive and most fragile. Libby is fondly remembered for her skill and caring in assisting researchers through this stage of their careers.
Rona Carter, the first recipient, is a wonderful example of how the Douvan Fund was designed to work and the difference it can make. Rona received her PhD in Applied Life Span Developmental Psychology from Florida International University. She came to the University of Michigan on a research fellowship in the Department of Psychology. Rona is investigating how biological and physical changes associated with puberty influence girls’ behavioral and psychological adjustment. The ultimate standard for judging the Douvan Fund is its impact on the career of the recipient. Rona has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at the University of Michigan in the Department of Psychology.
Nicky Newton is the 2011 recipient of the Douvan Scholars Award. She is native of Christchurch, New Zealand. After hearing she won the award, Nicky stated “I feel honored and proud to receive this award commemorating Elizabeth Douvan’s pioneering work on the social roles and social networks that people, particularly women, inhabit. The award not only allows me to continue my research concerning women’s life paths, but to do so with women from two very different cohorts: those born between 1931 and 1941, and the early baby boomers. I will compare the health, well-being, and social interactions of divorced, widowed, never married and continuously married women of these two eras. My only regret is that I was not lucky enough to have met Elizabeth Douvan in person, but I am extremely grateful that this award will continue to encourage other researchers to honor and continue Dr. Douvan’s work.” Nicky is now an assistant professor of psychology at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she teaches lifespan development and research methods.
Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1950 as a lecturer, just prior to receiving her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University. During her career with the University, she contributed to the founding of the Women’s Studies Program and was a pioneer in the Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center and the first female member of our research faculty. She was well known for her scholarship in such topics as family roles and mental health, the changing American family, female development, the roles and status of women, modes of conflict resolution, adolescent development, and the psychological functions of high school and college experiences. In the early 1950s, she and Joe Veroff founded the Family and Sex Roles Program. The ISR program is now called Life Course Development, and is directed by Libby’s post-doctoral student, the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Toni Antonucci.