Lunch with Prof Robbie George


Join the Harvard Anscombe Society for lunch with Prof. Robert P George, an incredible supporter of human life, sexual ethics, marriage, and the family, on Tuesday, February 19. Prof George has made the trek up from Princeton to specially be with us, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to meet him!

Location will be the Winthrop House Terrace Room. We’ll send an email update out to everyone who registers

Robert P. George holds Princeton’s celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence, and is the Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and before that on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

You can read his full bio here and a NYT article about him here.

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Presenting the First Harvard Anscombe Conference


On March 16, the Harvard Anscombe Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Elizabeth Anscombe’s birth with a conference on her moral philosophy. Anscombe was one of the greatest philosophers in the British analytic tradition who thought extensively about philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, and intention, as well as presenting modern arguments for virtue, chastity, and sexual ethics.

We are now taking applications for the Conference here and invite any undergraduate interested in learning more about Anscombe to come to Harvard and join us in learning more about an exceptional thinker.

Anscombe Society publishes “Sex Week” Op-Ed


Last week, Harvard put on its annual Sex Week (you can view the schedule of events here). This year, the Harvard Anscombe Society decided to publish an op-ed in the Crimson questioning the assumptions about casual sex and hook-up culture that permeate campus. You can read the article at

Morality in the Public Square

A Conversation with Tim GoegLein (1)

On November 9th, the Harvard Anscombe Society welcomed Tim Goeglein from Focus on the Family for a conversation on Morality in the Public Square. Tim highlighted various aspects of his career in politics, but honed in on his advocacy for the pro-life movement and adoption of unwanted children. Attendees asked Tim difficult questions about the efforts of Focus on the Family and other organizations often collectively called the “Religious Right.” With great care and tact, Tim offered a compelling vision of a place for people of conviction in the public square. While Anscombe is not a religious or partisan organization, we welcomed the opportunity to learn from a great American public servant and grapple with the difficulties of applying moral and philosophical understandings to the end of changing public policy.

Coffee with Mark Regnerus

On November 3rd at 9:00am, the Harvard Anscombe Society met with UT Austin sociologist Mark Regnerus to discuss his recent book “Cheap Sex.” The book is a survey of his recent research on the marketization of sex. He argues the ascent of easy online hookup apps and adult content has dramatically lowered the cost for sex with enormous consequences for marriage and other societal institutions. Regnerus is an accomplished researcher who is unafraid of broaching difficult topics in a robust manner set apart from ideological biases. Anscombe looks forward to keeping in touch and following his future work. See the article from the Atlantic linked here for a brief analysis on both Mark’s book and a competing work.

Valentine’s Day 2016

Thanks to the Love and Fidelity Network for sponsoring the #BringDatingBack poster campaign again at Harvard this year! See if you can find all four posted across campus!

Dr. Donna Freitas at Harvard

Join the Harvard College Anscombe Society for a discussion with author, writer, lecturer and professor Dr. Donna Freitas about the current, national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses.Hookups have become the norm on campus, and while students will defend their right to individual hookups, living in the context of a culture of hooking up during college seems to make students (both men and women) unhappy. In this talk, Donna Freitas will discuss her research findings about sex, romance, dating, and hookup culture on campus, as well as her findings about how student interest in spirituality coincides with the growing dominance of hookup culture during the college and university experience. Donna discusses these findings in light of gender and sexual orientation, focusing especially on the surprising things she learned about men’s attitudes regarding hookup culture.The talk will occur on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 7PM in the Fong Auditorium in Boylston Hall. Food will be served.

Donna Freitas is the author of both fiction and nonfiction works. Over the years, she has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. She received her Ph.D. in Religion from Catholic University, and she’s currently a non-resident research associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. Donna has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College.

This event is hosted by the Harvard College Anscombe Society with the support of the Love and Fidelity Network and the Leadership Institute.