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Published on July 11, 2017 12:24PM

What does your underwear drawer reveal about you? Find out on Thursday, July 20, when sociologist Michelle Janning appears in Manzanita to present “The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives.”

“I am not a sociologist who uses large national datasets to illustrate family life,” Janning said. “I’m the sociologist who asks people to examine what’s in their underwear drawers and living rooms to tell stories about their family life.”

Using amusing anecdotes, as well as drawing on pop culture, economics, interior design, gender studies and more, Janning combines the educational with the entertaining to make “The Stuff of Family Life” accessible to both casual readers and dedicated students of sociology.

Janning looks at various stages of life — from dating and marriage to parenting and aging — that are usually kept behind closed doors. From online Valentines to the growing popularity of man caves, “The Stuff of Family Life” explores not only what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives — and the stuff in them — say about how we relate to each other.

The presentation, part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series, will run from 4 to 6 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission is $5.

For more information, go to www.hoffmanblog.org or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

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