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David Blankenhorn, president and founder of the Institute of American Values, hosts lively discussions on topics both timely and contested at the intersection of personal values and the public interest – most notably, marriage, family, thrift and the middle class.

Conversations with David Blankenhor‪n‬ americanvalues.org

    • Philosophy
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David Blankenhorn, president and founder of the Institute of American Values, hosts lively discussions on topics both timely and contested at the intersection of personal values and the public interest – most notably, marriage, family, thrift and the middle class.

    American Values in the Age of Hyper-Partisanship

    American Values in the Age of Hyper-Partisanship

    In a wide-ranging and free-wheeling discussion, Village Square board member Bill Mattox and David Blankenhorn focus on not just on problems (like hyper-partisanship) but also on solutions (like how to build stronger communities).

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Thrift – The Meaning of a Cultural Movement for Today

    Thrift – The Meaning of a Cultural Movement for Today

    In his new book – Thrift: The History of an American Cultural Movement – IAV Fellow Andrew L. Yarrow tells the story of a national movement that promoted an amalgam of values and practices ranging from self-control, money management, and efficiency to conservation, generosity, and planning for the future – all under the rubric of "thrift." Emerging in tandem and in tension with the first flowerings of consumer society, the thrift movement flourished during the 1910s and 1920s and then lingered on the outskirts of American culture from the Depression to the prosperous mid-twentieth century.

    A post–World War II culture that centered on spending and pleasure made the early-twentieth-century thrift messages seem outdated. Nonetheless, echoes of thrift can be found in currently popular ideas of "sustainability," "stewardship," and "simplicity" and in efforts to curtail public and private debt.

    • 57 min
    What Do Two Men Named Glenn Loury Say about Sex, Marriage, Class, and Race? Part 2

    What Do Two Men Named Glenn Loury Say about Sex, Marriage, Class, and Race? Part 2

    Glenn Loury, Sr., is a big, warm and fiercely intelligent man. His son, Glen Loury, Jr.– in all important respects – is just exactly the same. If you want to spend some fruitful minutes exploring the fraught landscape of sexual identity, class division, racial reality, and generational conflict in America, you have come to the right place.

    Loury, Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1972, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, and a research associate of the Population Studies and Training Center.

    Loury, Jr. was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Haverford College. Among his many projects, he reviews movies at "Just A Bloody Blog". And co-hosts "The Glenn Show" with his father at Blogging Heads TV.

    Watch the video of the complete unedited conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUu5On4sBpY
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    • 57 min
    What Do Two Men Named Glenn Loury Say about Sex, Marriage, Class, and Race? Part 1

    What Do Two Men Named Glenn Loury Say about Sex, Marriage, Class, and Race? Part 1

    Glenn Loury, Sr., is a big, warm and fiercely intelligent man. His son, Glen Loury, Jr.– in all important respects – is just exactly the same. If you want to spend some fruitful minutes exploring the fraught landscape of sexual identity, class division, racial reality, and generational conflict in America, you have come to the right place.

    Loury, Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1972, he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern University. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics, and a research associate of the Population Studies and Training Center.

    Loury, Jr. was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Haverford College. Among his many projects, he reviews movies at "Just A Bloody Blog". And co-hosts "The Glenn Show" with his father at Blogging Heads TV.

    Watch the video of the complete unedited conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUu5On4sBpY
    Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/InstAmericanValues

    • 43 min
    Marriage, Gay Marriage, and the Catholic Tradition - Joseph Bottum and Charles Reid

    Marriage, Gay Marriage, and the Catholic Tradition - Joseph Bottum and Charles Reid

    Two prominent Catholic intellectuals, Joseph Bottum and Charles Reid, sit down in our studio in New York City to consider what it is like to change one’s mind as a member of an ancient institution with a complex process of arriving at settled understandings of truth. All three wrestle with what are the important and enduring features of an even older human reality – marriage.

    Jody Bottom is an editor, speaker and best-selling author, most recently of a book entitled “An Anxious Age” and subtitled “The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America”. His article published in Commonweal in August of 2013 – The Things We Share: A Catholic’s Case for Same-Sex Marriage – was an immediate sensation. Charles Reid, Jr. is Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law and a prolific contributor to a variety of law journals, as well as a frequent contributor to “The Blog” over at Huffington Post. He has just recently published a play masquerading as a law review article entitled “The Devil Comes To Kansas: A Story of Free Love, Sexual Privacy, and the Law”.

    Watch the video of the complete unedited conversation: http://www.americanvalues.org/search/item.php?id=2268
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    • 57 min
    Can Marriage Be Saved? - Charles Murray

    Can Marriage Be Saved? - Charles Murray

    For the past thirty years, Charles Murray has authored titles that have sparked the essential debates. "In 1984 - Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980." In 1986 - "In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government." In 1994 with Richard Herrnstein - the controversial - "The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life." In 1996 - "What It Means To Be A Libertarian." In 2001 - "Human Accomplishment." In 2006 - "In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State." In 2009 - "Real Education."

    "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" was published in late 2012 and forms the background of this conversation. Coming Apart helped crystalize a full-throated debate about inequality, beyond mere hand wringing, daring to suggest that there are profound non-economic, as well as economic, forces at play. David Blankenhorn begins with a deft review of the broad impact of Murray's writings, but ends by pressing for real answers - and for Charles' own candid evaluation of what it all means.

    Their conversation was live-streamed and recorded before an audience at the Center for Public Conversation in New York City, May 16, 2013.

    Watch the video of the complete unedited conversation: http://www.americanvalues.org/search/item.php?id=1989
    Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/InstAmericanValues

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

VillageRobin ,

Wisdom on controversy

David Blankenhorn and his partners offer the wisest discussions of the marriage issue that I have encountered. Everyone involved should tune in.
Larry Mead

Amy Ziettlow ,

Civil Discussion is Possible

I greatly enjoyed Haidt's book and this conversation helped me use his research as a lens into thinking about how we can have positive movement in the marriage culture wars. Relationships are key. Great conversation.

Ryan_Manthey ,

A Wonderful Voice of Sanity

As a pro-marriage supporter of same-sex marriage, I thank Mr. Blankenhorn for moving us forward in the debate about marriage. Together, I hope we can move to a new place where we make sure that as many people get married as possible and that every child is brought into this world in a marital relationship.

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