The Closing of the American Heart

29 Oct 2024
6:30 pm


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Heritage Hall in Father O'Connell Hall, Catholic University
599 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064

Join the IHE for a discussion with IHE Scholar W. Bradford Wilcox, author of Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization. This event is cosponsored by Catholic University Campus Ministry, The Catholic Project, and the Center for Law and the Human Person.

Marriage and fertility rates are cratering, hitting lows never seen before in America’s history. This means that a record share of today’s young adults will never marry and never have children, but, paradoxically, marriage and family life matter more than ever in the 21st century. Men, women, and children in married families are much more likely to thrive socially, emotionally, and financially than their peers who do not enjoy the safety and stability of a married family. Dr. Wilcox of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia will reveal what is happening to marriage and family life, why these two institutions are losing ground, and what we can do to revive their fortunes in 21st-century America.

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow.


  • W. Bradford Wilcox
    W. Bradford Wilcox
    Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project, University of Virginia

    Brad Wilcox is Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Future of Freedom Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The author of Get Married: Why Americans Should Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families and Save Civilization (Harper Collins, 2024), Wilcox studies marriage, fatherhood, and the impact of strong and stable families on men, women, and children.

    Professor Wilcox is the author and coauthor of six books and has written for scientific journals such as The American Sociological Review and The Journal of Marriage and Family, as well as popular outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and National Review.

    With Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Wilcox is the co-author of Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford, 2016), which shines a spotlight on the lives of strong and happy minority couples. He is also the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013) with Kathleen Kovner Kline. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Review Online, NPR, NBC’s The Today Show, and many other media outlets. Wilcox consults regularly with companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Kimberly-Clark on fertility and marriage trends in the United States.

    As an undergraduate, Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia (’92) and later earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University, and the Brookings Institution.

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