When Marriage Disappears: Why Marriage is Disappearing in Middle America and Why It Matters for Children, Adults, and the Nation

Bradford Wilcox, Director, National Marriage Project and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia

  • Date Apr 26, 2012
  • Venue Union League
    140 S. Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

Dr. Wilcox will be addressing issues of marriage and family in this country with a lecture entitled, “When Marriage Disappears: Why Marriage is Disappearing in Middle America and Why It Matters for Children, Adults, and the Nation.”

Dr. Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University.   Dr. Wilcox's research focuses on marriage, parenthood, and cohabitation, and on the ways that gender, religion, and children influence the quality and stability of American marriages and family life. His research and articles have appeared in major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, BBC News, NPR, and The New York Times, and his book, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands represents a culmination of his research on marriage, family and the mainline Protestant and Evangelical reactions to their decline in America.


This lecture is part of the Agora Institute’s ongoing mission to foster dialogue on civic virtue and the common good.  Inherent in this dialogue are questions about the health and vitality of social institutions such as the family, marriage and religion. 

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