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Fri, Sep 10


University Catholic Center

Lecture: Soulmates and Other Myths about the Family in America

Puzzles, paradoxes, and misconceptions about the family in America: the myth of soulmate marriage, the myth of the good divorce, and the myth that our deepest divisions are political.

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Lecture: Soulmates and Other Myths about the Family in America

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Sep 10, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

University Catholic Center, 2010 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705, USA

About The Event

About the Event 

This fast-paced talk reviews a number of the puzzles, paradoxes and  misconceptions about the family in America, including the myth of  soulmate marriage, the myth of the good divorce, and the myth that our  deepest divisions are political. The speaker will review some of the  most important contributions to social science of the family, and place  these findings in light of the Catholic faith.

About our scholar

Professor Catherine Pakaluk

Professor Pakaluk joined the faculty at the Busch School in the summer of 2016, and is the founder of the Social Research academic area, where she is an Assistant Professor of Social Research and Economic Thought. Formerly, she was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic social thought and political economy. Dr. Pakaluk is the 2015 recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award, a prize given for “significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty.”  Pakaluk did her doctoral work at Harvard University under Caroline Hoxby, David Cutler, and 2016 Nobel-laureate Oliver Hart. Her dissertation, “Essays in Applied Microeconomics”, examined the relationship between religious ‘fit' and educational outcomes, the role of parental effort in observed peer effects and school quality, and theoretical aspects of the contraceptive revolution as regards twentieth century demographic trends.     Beyond her formal training in economics, Dr. Pakaluk studied Catholic social thought under the mentorship of F. Russell Hittinger, and various aspects of Thomistic thought with Steven A. Long. She is a widely-admired writer and sought-after speaker on matters of culture, gender, social science, the vocation of women, and the work of Edith Stein. She lives in Maryland with her husband Michael Pakaluk and eight children.

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