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Is Thrift Good for America?

A Conversation with Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University and James Livingston, Professor of History at Rutgers University. Moderated by David Blankenhorn, President of the Institute for American Values.
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August 1, 20126:30–8:30 P.M.

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Can We Talk Instead of Shout about Gay Marriage?

A Conversation with John Corvino, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University and Maggie Gallagher, Co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage. Hosted by David Blankenhorn, President of the Institute for American Values. Read More

Religious Liberty and the Human Good

A Conversation with Robert P.George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University. Hosted by David Blankenhorn, President of the Institute for American Values.
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May 29, 20125:30–7:30 P.M.

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Are Casinos Like Cocaine for the Brain?

A Conversation with Hans C. Breiter, M.D., Psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Paul Davies, Maggie Walker Fellow in Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values. Hosted by Kathleen Kovner Kline, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at the Consortium and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More
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April 26, 20125:30–7:30 P.M.

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Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas

A Conversation with Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School, on Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas. Hosted by Elizabeth Marquardt, Director, Center for Marriage and Families, Institute for American Values. Read More
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March 22, 20125:30–7:30 P.M.

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When Baby Makes Three:
How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful
and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable

A Conversation with W. Bradford Wilcox, Director, National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Elizabeth Marquardt, Director, Center for Marriage and Families, Institute for American Values, David and Amber Lapp, Researchers, Institute for American Values, on "When Baby Makes Three: How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable." Hosted by David Blankenhorn, President of the Institute for American Values. Read more

December 8, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Beyond Our Means:
Why America Spends While the World Saves

A Conversation with Sheldon Garon, Nissan Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, on "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves." Hosted by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Director of the John Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values. Read more

November 10, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Our Call to Civil Society

A Conversation with Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, Divinity School, The University of Chicago; hosted by David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values.

One of the nation's most prominent public intellectuals whose body of work has shaped elite opinion for a quarter of a century, Jean Bethke Elshtain will hold a wide-ranging and riveting discussion on the state of American political life and culture. Read more

September 22, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Is Marriage for White People? How the Decline of African American Marriage Affects Everyone

A Conversation with Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Author, Is Marriage for White People? How the Decline of African American Marriage Affects Everyone, hosted by Leah Ward Sears, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice (retired).

Professor Banks looks at the intimate lives of African American women and examines why they are not getting married and are the least likely to marry of any segment of the American population. Read more

September 26, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Why Marriage Matters:
An Argument for the Goods of Marriage

A Conversation with Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values; Amy L. Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; and W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, University of Virginia and chair of the team of scholars that authored the third edition of Why Marriage Matters; hosted by Jonathan Rauch, guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. Read more

August 16, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Will Inflation Gut the American Saver?

William P. Mumma is the President and CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities USA.

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead is director of the Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values.

Sean Fieler, is Managing Member of Equinox Partners, LP.
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June 9, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Race, Incarceration and American Values

Glenn C. Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences in the department of economics at Brown University.

Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears (retired) is the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court. Read more

May 4, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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The Mating/Marriage Dance: Is the Prolonged Search for a
Mate by Young College Graduates a Problem for American Society?

April 21, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys.

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead is director of the Templeton Center for Thrift and Generosity at the Institute for American Values and author of Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of Single Women. Read more

The Arab Protest: Sustainable Democracy or Outburst?

Distinguished scholars discuss recent protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, the Sudan, Bahrain, and Libya.

A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Salimi, Editor, Al-Tasamoh, and Hassan I. Mneimneh, Editor, IjtihadReason, hosted by William A. Galston, The Ezra K. Zikha Chair in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution. Read more

March 8, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now

A Conversation with Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars and author of A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now and David Blankenhorn, President, Institute for American Values. Read more

February 23, 20115:30–7:30 P.M.

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When Marriage Disappears: The New Middle America

A Conversation with Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, and W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, University of Virginia and editor of The State of Our Unions Read more

December 7, 20105:30–7:30 P.M.

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Generosity Unbound

A Conversation with Claire Gaudiani, author of Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class, published September 2010 by Broadway Publications, an imprint of the Institute for American Values, and David Blankenhorn, President, Institute for American Values. Read more

September 23, 20105:30–7:30 P.M.

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