A message from Kevin Hart:
Andrew Cherlin, the Benjamin Griswold Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, will give a lecture entitled, “Not So Sacred Vows: Religion and Marriage in America,” on October 21, 2009 at 4 p.m. in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. As one of the nation’s leading family scholars, Cherlin’s work is regularly featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. Professor Cherlin’s lecture will draw from his recent book, The Marriage-Go-Round (Knopf, 2009), which explores the causes and consequences of family instability in the United States.
Professor Cherlin will specifically explore the contributions that religion makes to contemporary married life in the United States, as well as the ways in which the influence of religion on marriage is undercut by individualism in the pews and the broader society. The lecture is sponsored by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, and is co-sponsored by the departments of Religious Studies and Sociology, as well as the Center for Children, Families, and the Law and the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville. The lecture is open to the public.