“Something Old, Something New: Exploring the State of Marriage”
Free discussion about the state of marriage.
The institution of marriage has undergone significant change, especially in the last decade. In Oregon, citizens remain in a contentious debate about how to define marriage generally. What do the debates about marriage—in this state and beyond—reveal about the institution as a whole? Why is a private relationship so publicly significant and contested? And why, when so many people are avoiding or dissolving marriages, do so many others wish to marry?
This is the focus of “Something Old, Something New: Exploring the State of Marriage,” a free conversation with Leslie Dunlap on Wednesday, June 11, at 6 pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at SW 9th & Hurbert. This program is hosted by PFLAG Oregon Central Coast and is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. This event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.
Dunlap is an assistant professor of history at Willamette University, where she teaches courses on the history of women, families, sexuality, and social movements in the United States. She earned her doctorate in history from Northwestern University and is currently working on a book on women’s efforts to reform men, marriage, and the state in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Jeanne St. John at 541-265-7194 or email at PFLAGOCC@gmail.com