A sociology professor whose work in Slovenia may help the province secede from Yugoslavia will speak at Brigham Young University in February at the International Conference on Gender and the Family.

Katja Boh, a family sociologist at Ljubljana University, will anchor the conference's general session Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. when she speaks on "Women and Family in the Post Socialist State Crisis."Scheduled for Feb. 6 through 8, the conference will also highlight New Hampshire history professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Feb. 6 and Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine M. Durham Feb. 7. All sessions are in the Wilkinson Center.

The women are keynote speakers in a conference that will bring presenters from throughout the United States and several countries. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4:45 p.m. each day.

As a first-of-its-kind symposium, the event is sponsored by the Women's Research Institute, by the Center for Studies of the Family at BYU, and by the Utah Governor's Commission for Women and Families. All keynote sessions will begin at 11 a.m. in 375 Wilkinson Center.

Boh is an internationally recognized family sociologist whose most recent research involved a study of families in 14 European nations. The results are published in the book "Changing Patterns of European Family Life."

"Yet, while she continues to be a leading sociologist, the political developments in Dr. Boh's life are dominating her work this year," said Vance. "She is an important player in a historical drama being played out in Yugoslavia, where in December, nearly 90 percent of Slovenians voted in general elections to secede from Yugoslavia. She is now working with representatives of other provinces to form a confederation."

Ulrich is a member of the history department at the University of New Hampshire.

In addition to frequently publishing articles, reviews and essays, she has written two books, "A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812" and "Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750."

She participates as a council member of the Institute of Early American History and Culture and as a member of the ABC-Clio Award Committee and the Organization of American Historians. She is a consultant for the Annenberg Foundation for an audio course on women and the family in America.

Durham joined the Utah Supreme Court in 1982 after having served on Utah's general jurisdiction trial court for 3 1/2 years. She previously practiced law in North Carolina and in Utah and was an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.

Durham's speech is called "Of Pedestals and Cages: The Law as Instrument."

Conference registration is $75 for the full conference and $30 for any single day. BYU students will be admitted free, and faculty members are encouraged to register by paying a $25 fee. Registration will be open Feb. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 7 and 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. in 369 Wilkinson Center.

For additional information, contact Vance at 378-3338. For information on registration, housing or transportation, call BYU Conferences and Workshops, 378-4853.