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UNLV to Host Discussion on Polygamy with Brown Family of TLC's "Sister Wives"

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Department of Anthropology hosts event featuring families who still live in a plural marriage lifestyle and those who have left the community.
People  |  Apr 11, 2013  |  By Megan Downs
Media Contact: Megan Downs, Office of Media Relations (702) 895-0898


The UNLV Department of Anthropology hosts a panel featuring proponents and opponents of polygamy. The Kody Brown family of TLC's "Sister Wives" will participate in this discussion on plural marriage. Also attending will be participants who were raised in polygamist families, but now oppose the lifestyle.


Thursday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Auditorium, Marjorie Barrick Museum
Barrick is located on the west side of UNLV. Follow Harmon Avenue onto campus. Harmon will dead end at the Barrick parking lot.


The event is free and open to the public.

"Sister Wives" is a popular TLC reality show that follows the life of Las Vegas resident Kody Brown, his four wives -- Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn-- and their 17 children.

The panel also will include Kristen Decker, an anti-polygamist advocate and Christine Brown's aunt; Kollene Brown, a 22-year-old woman raised in the a polygamist group and disapproves of polygamy; and Willie Steed, a man raised by fundamentalist Mormons. Steed fled the community with his mother and sisters when his father was forced to leave his family and church leaders tried to reassign his family to another man.

William Jankowiak, professor of anthropology, will moderate the panel. Jankowiak will present a brief overview of his research on polygamist families. Jankowiak has published several articles about polygamy around the world and has done extensive research on the fundamentalist Mormon community in Colorado City, Ariz.

Audience members also will have the chance to ask questions.


Media must RSVP for the event by calling (702) 895-0898.