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November 13 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Chesterton Perspectives brings you:
A Conversation with W. Bradford Wilcox Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia
In today’s world, the nuclear family unit seems to be a relic of the past. Culture has moved on to the flexibility of loving partners, same-sex relationships, open marriages, and single parenting. But, recent sociological data paints a more complicated picture… Marriage appears to make for happier people, and children raised by two birth parents are doing better socially and economically than their peers. On the other hand, the number of marriages is declining among middle and lower income populations. Children in these demographics are increasingly falling behind their peers.
The vast majority of young adults in this country want to get married, yet the pool of “marriage-able” partners is dwindling… making the search for a compatible partner increasingly more difficult. Does marriage matter as we plan for our future and does getting married really impact our lives? Join us as we think through this urgent and multifaceted social dilemma.
Brad Wilcox is Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the Future of Freedom Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The author of Get Married: Why Americans Should Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families and Save Civilization (Harper Collins, 2024), Wilcox studies marital quality, marital stability, and the impact of strong and stable marriages upon men, women, and children. The author and editor of six books, Wilcox has written for scientific journals such as The American Sociological Review and The Journal of Marriage and Family, and The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and National Review. A Connecticut native, he now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and family.