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The Public Discourse

Public Discourse is an online publication of the Witherspoon Institute that seeks to enhance the public understanding of the moral foundations of free societies by making the scholarship of the fellows and affiliated scholars of the Institute available and accessible to a general audience.

The Social Costs of Pornography

The consultation on “The Social Costs of Pornography” assembled leading experts in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neurophysiology, philosophy, sociology, law, and political theory to present a rigorously argued overview of the problem of pornography in our society and to make recommendations. The primary purpose of the meeting was to examine the real nature of pornography in its moral and social consequences.

The Ruth Institute 

The Love and Fidelity Network 

What is Marriage?

 Insightful Academics: 

The following are biographies taken from the Love and Fidelity Network’s speaker bureau:

Helen Alvaré
Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law.  She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, abortion and the First Amendment religion clauses.  She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, chair of the Task Force on Conscience Protection of the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), president of the Chiaroscuro Institute (New York, New York), chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.

Ryan T. Anderson

Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education, and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory. Anderson, who joined the leading Washington think tank’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in 2012, also is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J. His recent work at Heritage focuses on the constitutional questions surrounding same-sex “marriage.” He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of the acclaimed book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter Books, December 2012). The three also co-wrote the article “What is Marriage?” in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Dr. J. Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1981, and is a professor in the departments of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Budziszewski, an ethical and political philosopher, is also a nationally-known authority on the tradition of Natural Law, which is germane to intelligent design because natural teleology is at heart a design concept. Much of his work focuses on the repression of moral knowledge — on what goes wrong when we try to convince ourselves that we don’t know what we really do. Another focus of his research is the intersection of philosophy with theology. Professor Budziszewski is also a prolific writer.

Dr. Freda Bush

Freda McKissic Bush, M.D., FACOG has been deeply involved in women’s health issues for more than four decades. In 1968, she was a clinical instructor in Maternity Nursing at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Following graduation from Columbia University in New York as a certified nurse midwife in 1970, she worked at Harlem Hospital. In 1974, Dr. Bush became the director of Nurse Midwifery Programs at the University of Mississippi. In 1983, she received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical School, and in 1987 she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Memphis. She is senior partner with East Lakeland OB-GYN Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of OB-GYN and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Jason Carroll

Jason S. Carroll is an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Carroll is a nationally-recognized researcher and educator in the areas of marital intimacy, marriage readiness among young adults, the effectiveness of marriage education, and modern threats to marriage (such as pornography, delayed age at marriage, materialism, and premarital sexuality). Most recently, Dr. Carroll coauthored the study Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America with Kay Hymowitz, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Kelleen Kaye. Dr. Carroll’s work has been featured in the EconomistWall Street Journal, USA Today, Psychology Today Magazine, National Public Radio, GQ Magazine, Elle Magazine, Focus on the Family, and other popular media and news outlets.

Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. She explores issues relating to American society, culture, religion, and philosophy. She is the author of several influential books: Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (2012); The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (2010); and Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes (2005). She is also editor of a 2007 anthology, Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle their Political JourneysHer latest book is How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, published by Templeton Press (April 2013). Mrs. Eberstadt has also written for many magazines and newspapers, including National ReviewPolicy ReviewThe Weekly StandardCommentary, the Wall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesThe Washington Post, The TimesFirst ThingsThe Claremont Review of Books, and the American Spectator.

Dawn Eden

Dawn Eden was born to a Jewish family in New York City. She started her career as a rock music journalist and worked for the New York Postand the Daily News. She underwent a dramatic conversion to Christianity at age 31, which eventually led her to enter the Catholic Church. With her new faith came a change in lifestyle as she discovered the truth and beauty of Christian teachings on chastity. That led to the publication of her first book, describing her personal transformation in hope of helping others make positive changes in their own lives: The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On. Now in its ninth printing, The Thrill has also been published in Spanish, Polish, and Chinese. Dawn has discussed it on NBC’s Today Show and EWTN’s Life on the Rock.Eden has since published another book, in 2012,  titled My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints.

Dr. Patrick Fagan

Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council, where he examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems as illustrated in the social sciences research data. The Center has a particular emphasis on the relationship between marital stability coupled with the practice of religion and their joint impacts on such issues as happiness, health, mental health and general well being, income and savings, educational attainment and family stability as well as such negative outcomes as poverty, crime, abuse, and drug addiction.

Dr. Donna Freitas

Donna Freitas holds a PhD in religious studies from Catholic University and has taught at Hofstra University and Boston University. Dr. Freitas is the author of both Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on American’s College Campuses and her most recent work, The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture Is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy. Since 2005, her research has centered on the attitudes of college students about sex and faith and how these interact (or don’t) with respect to sexual decision-making on campus. Dr. Freitas conducted a major, nationwide study at Catholic, evangelical, private-secular, and public universities and colleges to investigate this subject, which led her into the terrain of student dissatisfaction and overall unhappiness with hookup culture on campuses everywhere.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is the founder of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, a nationally syndicated columnist, the author of multiple books on marriage, including most recently Debating Same-Sex Marriage with John Corvino and The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better-Off Financially with University of Chicago Professor Linda Waite. Gallagher is a leading voice of the new marriage movement. National Journal named her to the 2004 list of the most influential people in the same-sex marriage debate. She has served as President of the National Organization for Marriage.

Sherif Girgis

Sherif Girgis was born in Cairo and grew up in Delaware. He majored in philosophy at Princeton. His senior thesis on sex ethics won the Princeton prizes for best thesis in ethics and best thesis in philosophy. Upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2008, he went on to earn a master’s degree in moral, political and legal philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is now pursing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton and his JD at Yale Law School. His paper “What Is Marriage?”, coauthored with Robert George and Ryan Anderson, was published in December of 2010 and quickly became the Social Science Research Network’s most downloaded paper of the year. In 2012, Girgis, George and Anderson published an expanded version of the paper as a book, titled What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.

Dr. Miriam Grossman

Miriam Grossman MD is a practicing physician, author, public speaker, and media commentator.  She is the author of two books, Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student and You’re Teaching My Child WHAT?: A Physician Exposes the Lies of Sex Ed and How They Harm Your Child. She is known internationally for her courage in breaking ranks and calling foul on the Sexuality Education industry. She has been on over 200 radio, news, and television shows.  She has lectured at the British House of Lords and the United Nations Council on the Status of Women.

Dr. Donald Hilton

Donald Hilton, M.D. speaks nationally and internationally in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery, and has published book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers, and developed techniques widely used in this subspecialty. He is currently listed in Best Doctors in America, and as a Texas Super Doctor and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Hilton also publishes and speaks on the subject of pornography and sexual addiction. He and his wife received the “Guardian of the Light” award from the anti-pornography organization Lighted Candle Society in 2008, where Dr. Hilton gave the keynote address, “Pornography and the Brain: Understanding the Addiction.” He authored the book He Restoreth My Soul, which explores the effects of pornography on the brain, along with spiritual paradigms of healing.

Dr. William B. Hurlbut

William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris. His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (2002, Oxford University Press).

Kay S. Hymowitz

Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She writes extensively on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America. Hymowitz is the author of 4 books including Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age and Liberation’s Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age. Her newest book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys, was published by Basic Books in March, 2011. Ms. Hymowitz has also written for many major publications including The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, New York Newsday, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, andCommentary.

Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez

Robert Oscar Lopez received his BA in Political Science, an MA in Classics, and a PhD in English. His book, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman, came out with Rowman & Littlefield’s University Press of America in 2011. The next two projects will be Putting Text on Trial, a pedagogical study of mock trials, and Gilded Lilies, a cultural study of the Hollywood musical. He has also been an active commentator and advocate for children’s rights and ethical family alternatives. Dozens of his essays have appeared in venues such as CounterpunchAmerican Thinker, and Public Discourse, among others. Since 2012 he has been involved internationally with correspondents in over twenty other countries. His French-English translations are posted on a site he co-manages with Swiss and French partners, called English Manif.

Alana Newman

Alana S. Newman’s field of expertise is in the ethics and challenges of donor-conception and third party reproduction, but her other passions include music, writing, and gender relations/social studies. Besides being the founder of The Anonymous Us Project, she is currently in pre-production of a film she co-wrote titled Adam & Eva with Brooklyn’s Michael Galinsky and Rumur Productions. Her vocal driven indie-folk songs have been heard on BBC2, and radio stations around the world, having released an EP titled The Misuse of Chemistry with London’s Chessclub Records in 2011 under her maiden name Alana Stewart. Alana has appeared in Newsweek, Washington Post, Women’s Healthand NPR and has been interviewed by journalists around the world, including Brazil, Japan, Spain, Australia, Sweden and more.

Dr. Jill C. Manning

Dr. Jill Manning is a Marriage & Family Therapist who specializes in research and clinical work related to pornography and problematic sexual behavior. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health clinics, schools, and private practice. In 2005, Dr. Manning was selected to be a visiting Social Science Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and as a result of her research there, testified before a Senate sub-committee on the harms of pornography.

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk teaches economics at Ave Maria University.  Her research is concerned broadly with the analytical study  of gender, family, and reproductive dynamics.  She also studies education, specifically the value of private religious schools, and the role of parental effort in generating observed peer effects and variation in school quality. Prior to earning her doctorate from Harvard University in 2010, Catherine received a master’s degree in economics from Harvard (2002), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in mathematics and economics (1998).  She has studied the history of Catholic thought with Michael Novak, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, George Weigel, and Dr. Russell Hittinger. Dr. Pakaluk is married to Michael Pakaluk and has six young children.

Dr. Mark Regnerus

Mark Regnerus is associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, a research associate of the university’s Population Research Center, and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. His areas of research are sexual behavior and family formation. He’s the author of two books (2007 and 2011) on the sexual behavior of teenagers and young adults. 

His new research on the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships is published in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research and is available here. Mark has also written several short essays about data collection on same-sex parenting, pollingabout same-sex marriage, new evidence from Canada, and thoughtful assertions about how same-sex marriage may shape the wider mating market.

Dr. Steven Rhoads

Steven Rhoads has taught public policy in the politics department at the University of Virginia for over thirty five years. He received his A.B. degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1961 and an MPA degree cum laude from Cornell University in 1965. He received the Ph.D. from Cornell with a concentration in American government and political theory in 1972. He is the recipient of Bradley, Earhart, Olin, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Sloan Foundation fellowships and author of Taking Sex Differences Seriously.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is the founder and President of the Ruth Institute, a non-profit educational institute promoting lifelong married love to the young by creating an intellectual and social climate favorable to marriage. She is also the Senior Research Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. She is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World, (2005) and Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work (2001), recently reissued in paperback, as Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

Dr. Christopher Tollefsen

Christopher Tollefsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  He specializes in moral philosophy and practical ethics.  He is co-author, with Robert P. George, of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life and is the author of a number of papers on beginning and end of life issues.  He is a fellow of the James Madison Society, a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, and a frequent contributor toPublic Discourse.  He and his wife have nine children.

Eve Tushnet

Eve Tushnet is a freelance writer and journalist in Washington, DC. She blogs at Patheos on religious and cultural topics and has written for CommonwealUSA TodayNational Catholic Register, National Review, the New York Post and the Weekly Standard, among other publications. She is currently working on a book which explores vocation for gay Catholics. You can follow Eve Tushnet on Twitter at @evetushnet.


Dr. W. Brad Wilcox

W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, and a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. Brad Wilcox’s research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, especially on the ways that marriage, gender, and culture influence the quality and stability of family life in the United States and around the globe.

Dr. John Van Epp

John Van Epp, therapist, former adjunct professor, author and lecturer, is the President and Founder of LoveThinks, LCC. His book, How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk, published by McGraw-Hill, blends in-depth research with humorous stories to provide a map for making healthy relationship choices. His book and relationship courses have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Psychology Today, O Magazine, and Cosmopolitan; he has appeared on the CBSEarly Show, the O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, and Focus on the Family. He has been happily married for over thirty-four years and is the proud father of two daughters.



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