Welcome to Our First FamilyScholars Symposium

12.20.2012, 8:31 AM

As Editor of the new FamilyScholars Symposium Series, I am delighted to invite you to enjoy and participate in our first FamilyScholars Symposium.

Beginning today and continuing through Friday, we will be highlighting the expert analysis of 14 scholars and opinion leaders from across the country as they respond to the recently released report titled “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent” featured in this year’s issue of State of Our Unions, a journal published by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.

By clicking here you can read all the essays in one place or by clicking on each author’s essay title you can read each piece on its own. Comments will be accepted on this post, on the symposium welcome page where you can read all the essays in one place, or at each essay’s page.

Each writer brings a unique perspective that builds on elements of the report’s argument and recommendations, pinpoints gaps, critiques all or part of the report’s thesis, or makes suggestions for further study.

Check in here throughout the two days and follow us on Twitter (@FamScholars or me @RevAmyZ or Elizabeth Marquardt @newmetaphor70) for live-tweeting throughout the two days.

We welcome rigorous, critical engagement in a context of civility.

Welcome to the conversation.

Can the President Have a Marriage Agenda without Talking about What Marriage Is?
Ryan Anderson, William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation and Editor of Public Discourse

Why Middle-Class Marriages Need the Church
Katelyn Beaty, Managing Editor of Christianity Today

Marriage Success: The Value of Apprenticeships and Education
Kevin Bullard, Co-founder of MarriageWorks!

Misdiagnosing the Symptom for the Disease?
Naomi Cahn, Professor of Law at George Washington University

Misdiagnosing the Symptom for the Disease?
June Carbone, Professor of Law at University of Missouri–Kansas City

Sometimes a Great Notion: Panning for Gold in The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent
John Culhane, Professor of Law at Widener University

What Are the Program and Policy Implications of Cohabitation?
Robert Hughes, Jr., Professor and Head of Human and Community Development at the Univeristy of Illinois

Marriage Shores Up Hispanic Families
Alicia La Hoz, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Executive Director of Family Bridges

Marriage Reports Preach to the Choir?
Kevin Noble Maillard, Professor of Law at Syracuse University

Putting the “Other” Marriage Equality Problem on the Agenda
Linda McClain, Professor of Law at Boston University

A Wrap on a New Hollywood Rap
Mitch Pearlstein, Founder and President of Center of the American Experiment

Restoring Marriage Will Be Difficult
Isabel Sawhill, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at Brookings

Why Marriage-Strengthening Belongs On the Middle Class Agenda
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Director of Civil Society Initiatives at the Institute for American Values

The Sex Crisis Behind the Marriage Crisis
Anna Williams, Junior Fellow at FirstThings


3 Responses to “Welcome to Our First FamilyScholars Symposium”

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  2. Elizabeth Marquardt says:

    Welcome friends! I’ve been visiting with family today and am looking forward to taking some time out later today to read and react to all these great pieces of writing!

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