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.