The Wheatley Institution

Family Lecture Series: What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

April 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

LOCATION: Library Auditorium

Family Lecture Series:  What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

Coauthors Sherif Gergis, Ryan Anderson, and Robert George will discuss their new book, What Is Marriage?  Man and Woman: A Defense.  With ample time for questions and discussion, this event will provide an opportunity for faculty, students and members of the community to explore important issues in the national discussion about the status of marriage with the authors of a definitive book on the topic.

Sherif Girgis, a native of Cairo, Egypt, is a junior fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  He has been president of the Elizabeth Anscombe Society at Princeton, a student organization that promotes traditionally conservative conceptions of marriage, family and sexuality, and editor-in-chief of the Princeton Tory, a conservative magazine. He is co-author, with Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, of “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter Books, December 2012).  Girgis was the winner of the 2007 Dante Prize for the best undergraduate essay in the nation on the Italian poet. At Princeton, he has won the German Department Book Prize and the Dorothea Vandyke McLane Prize for the highest performing freshman in Italian.  His senior thesis on sex ethics won the Princeton prizes for best thesis in ethics and best thesis in philosophy.   Girgis received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude) from Princeton and a master’s degree in moral, political and legal philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton and his JD at Yale Law School.

Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation. He is also editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J. and the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter Books, December 2012). The three also co-wrote the article “What is Marriage?” in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Anderson’s previous positions include assistant editor of First Things; journalism fellow of the Phillips Foundation; and executive director of the Witherspoon Institute, where he was research assistant to Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, First Things, Weekly Standard, National Review, among others. Anderson received his B.A. from Princeton University (Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude). He is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his master’s degree.   

Robert P. George holds Princeton's celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program. He has served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life and Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics. Professor George is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics. He was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at Harvard, the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer in Law and Religion at Yale, the 2008 Sir Malcolm Knox Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, and the 2010 Frank Irvine Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.



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