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Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of The Divorce Culture, currently serves as the co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. She also studied at Columbia University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The American Enterprise, Woodrow Wilson Quarterly, and The Times Literary Supplement.
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead has also been featured on the MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation "The American Way Toward Marriage," and the Report, "Wandering Toward the Altar: The Decline of American Courtship." A short description of the former is listed here, and a short description of the latter is available here.

MARS HILL AUDIO Journal

Volume 61

Guests on Volume 61: Ian Dowbiggin, on the history of the “right to die”movement; Arthur J. Dyck, on Life's Worth: The Case against Assisted Suicide; Daniel Dreisbach, on the building of Jefferson's "wall of separation"; Michael L. Peterson, on the elements of a Christian philosophy of education; Stephen Schwartz, on the differences between Balkan Muslims and those of Saudi Arabia; Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, on how young people are taught to invest in themselves rather than family or community; and John H. Timmerman, on the person and poetry of Jane Kenyon and on how she lived and worked.

MARS HILL AUDIO Report 4

Wandering toward the Altar: The Decline of American Courtship

Available for mp3 purchase
Much public attention is given to the decline of marriage and the family in America, but few have thought to relate this decline to the changing ways in which Americans understand and practice courtship. The cultural wisdom and conventions that once guided young men and women in their efforts to find and win suitable partners for marriage are vanishing. Modesty and sexual restraint are ridiculed, while previously stigmatized behaviors such as casual sexual "hook-ups" and premarital cohabitation have become commonplace. Wandering tyoward the Altar explores the broader cultural changes behind the end of traditional American courtship, including the rise of youth culture and dating, the demise of the productive family household, careerism and the later age of first marriage, the replacement of romantic imagination with youthful cynicism about love and marriage, and the exclusion of home and family from the practices of courting. This program features studio interviews with Leon and Amy Kass, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Wendy Shalit, Allan C. Carlson, Beth Bailey, Steven Nock, Kay Hymowitz, and Douglas Wilson, as well as extensive field reporting. Available in downloadable MP3 format (burnable to 4 standard CDs). 4.5 hours. $15.

MARS HILL AUDIO Journal

Volume 25

Guests on Volume 25: Douglas Groothuis, on The Soul in Cyberspace; Harold Bloom, on the Gnostic view of creation and fall; Gilbert Meilaender, on the outlines of a distinctively Christian bioethics; Susan Bergman, on martyrs and the meaning of suffering; Paul Marshall, on international persecution of Christians; George Marsden, on The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship; Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, on divorce as a democratic institution; and Leonard Payton, on The Pilgrim's Progress by Ralph Vaughn Williams.