Events | Conference | 15 November 2012

Culture of American Families Conference

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The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia completed a three-year, in-depth study of American parents. The Culture of American Families Conference, on November 15, provided an opportunity for national leaders to engage with the major themes that have emerged thus far from the research. The Institute’s scholars and representatives from many of the country’s most influential organizations explored our findings concerning the role that education, religious affiliation, community life, race, and gender play in creating support systems for parents and in influencing their hopes and fears for their children’s future. We examined the challenges of parenting in contemporary America, where American parents look for support, and how organizations that work with parents might strengthen families in new and strategic ways.

Learn more about the Culture of American Families Project.

Part 1: This video includes an Introduction by Dr. James Davison Hunter, followed by a Discussion of the Survey Findings by Dr. Carl Desportes Bowman and a Discussion of Interview Findings by Dr. Jeffrey Dill and Megan Juelfs-Swanson.

Part 2: This video includes two panels: The State of the American Family and American Family Cultures.

The State of the American Family panelists include: Eric Swanson, Director of Charitable Investing, Tango; Carey Walden Casey, CEO, National Center for Fathering; Elaina Ouimet, Director of Special Projects, Boys and Girls Club of America; and Lisa Belkin, Senior Columnist, Life, Work and Family, The Huffington Post.

American Family Cultures panelists include: Sheila Garcia, Associate Director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth; Felicia DeHaney, President and CEO, National Black Child Development Institute; and W. Bradford WIlcox, Director, National Marriage Project, and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia.

Part 3: This video includes a discussion on "Why This Matters: The Challenge for Practitioners."

Culture of American Families Conference from IASCulture on Vimeo.

Culture of American Families Conference from IASCulture on Vimeo.

Culture of American Families Conference from IASCulture on Vimeo.

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