Join the PSU for a panel on the beloved yet besieged institution of marriage in America.
EDMUNDS BALLROOM, 4:15 pm, Thursday September 30th.
It used to be that people met their spouses while in college, while today, the median age of individuals getting married continues to increase. Variously described as “society’s best social insurance policy” and denounced as a remnant of patriarchy and bastion of heteronormativity, marriage is a ubiquitous but complex institution in societies around the world. What does it mean to have a “good” marriage? Given the prevalence of cohabitation and casual dating culture, do we still need marriage in American society? What effects does an economic crisis have on marriage and divorce patterns?
Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001-04. Coontz is the author of “A Strange Stirring”: The Feminine Mystique and the Wives of “The Greatest Generation” (Basic Books, forthcoming 2010) and the award-winning Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage. W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project and Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. Professor Wilcox is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. Mr. Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage and cohabitation, and on the ways that religion, gender, and children influence the quality and stability of American family life. Lisa Duggan is associate professor of American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the author of The Incredible Shrinking Public: Sexual Politics and the Decline of Democracy and The Twilight of Equality? : Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy.
Whitopias Rising: Race and Rage in America
Tuesday, September 21st, 7pm, Rose Hills Theater
Why are Americans so angry? Some citizens have become violent, spitting on their congressmen and even crashing a plane into an IRS building. One state has passed a possibly unconstitutional anti-immigration law, while another has mandated that history textbooks include sections on pro-segregationists; meanwhile one in five citizens suspects that our president is a secret Muslim. Does all of this represent weariness of a long recession, fear of government tyranny, dislike of America’s ruling class or downright racism? Join the Pomona Student Union as we host Rich Benjamin, author of Searching for Whitopia, Gerard Alexander, American Enterprise Institute Scholar of conservatism and race, and Jennet Kirkpatrick, University of Michigan professor of American politics and author of Uncivil Disobedience, to discuss rebellion, race and rage in America.