March 27, 2017 (Monday, 7:30-8:30pm): On Happiness and Marriage: 5 Lessons from the Social Sciences

Although the Church consistently has taught that strong families are first foundations for stable societies and happy and healthy lives, sex ed proponents often focus single mindedly on short-term behaviors like contraception without realistically considering the longer-term effects on young adults' emotional lives, relationships, and their odds of forging stable and happy marriages. In this talk, Professor Brad Wilcox will discuss a robust body of social science research for students who wish to be happy and, eventually, successfully married. Prof. Wilcox teaches sociology of family and also directs the National Marriage Project at UVA.


November 4, 2016 (Friday, 4:00-5:15pm): "On Laudato Si: Creation, Consumerism and Catholicism”

Minor Hall Auditorium: A UVA Family Weekend Event
(Cosponsored with UVA-CSM)
UVA panelists: Nichole Flores (Religious Studies), Joseph Davis (Sociology/Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture), plus UVA 3rd-year Robert McCarthy
Catholic Social Teaching is a collection of ideas and a way of thinking that directs our attention beyond our personal commitments and devotional practices to the social orders we inhabit, create, and help to sustain. Since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have bound themselves to a different standard that requires caring not simply for oneself, but for others, the world, and most especially for those in need among us. Catholic social teaching challenges thinking Catholics--and others--to reflect in serious and realistic ways how we might best contribute to building social orders that fulfill both our individual responsibilities and our social aspirations as Christians.

This faculty panel discussion series will address contemporary issues in light of the principles of the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. This tradition is informed and given coherence by the resources of papal encyclicals and other official pronouncements of the Church, but its content and concerns includes the first and most recent members of the Church. Catholic social teaching challenges thinking Catholics--and others--to become better informed about the world as it is, the deep causes of our social problems today, and our capacities and responsibilities to advocate for the common good, for justice, and especially and always for those most in need.

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October 17 (Monday, 7:30pm): “On Catholic Voting and Voting As a Catholic” (Cosponsored with UVA-CSM), Minor Hall Auditorium
UVA Politics Department professors Lynn Sanders and Charles Kromkowski will provide introductory remarks on the Catholic social teaching tradition, the history of Catholic voting in the U.S., several important social science perspectives on voting, and why the formation of conscience is understood as a necessary and prior condition for every Catholic vote.  We'll then open the discussion to questions. All are invited to attend this public event, so invite a friend or plan on meeting someone new.
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