I listened to these several times each, and they are really good. Even better than the ones I posted earlier. If you only have time for one and you’re new, listen to the Dr. Morse lecture. If you have time for both or you’ve heard Dr. Morse before, listen to the Maggie Gallagher lecture.
Jennifer Roback Morse
First, this is Dr. Morse’s well-known lecture on “The Institute Formerly Known As Marriage”. She takes a look at the decline of marriage using her skills as an economist. She talks about the importance of a mother being present during the first 18 months of the child’s development, and the purpose of marriage.
Topics covered include children’s needs, no-fault divorce, single motherhood and same-sex marriage.
Second, here is a very Catholic talk given by Maggie Gallagher. But Maggie is one of the best known voices defending marriage and you can even learn a little bit about her background here – she had an out of wedlock child and saw firsthand the effects of having no father in the home on her son.
Topics covered include children’s needs, single motherhood, same-sex marriage and the marriage movement.