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Symposium Focuses on the Issues and Challenges of Marriage

Local and national experts will address the concept of marriage and its evolution at an upcoming Duquesne University conference. Marriage: Issues and Challenges, hosted by The Family Institute, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.

The concept of marriage has changed dramatically over time. Even before it became a focus of the 2004 presidential election, state and federal government officials were stepping in to challenge the definition of marriage. Now, the definition of marriage may even be affected by a possible Constitutional amendment. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will feature the following dynamic speakers:

9:45 a.m. Dr. George Worgul, associate director of The Family Institute and professor of theology at Duquesne, will contextualize marriage in the emerging culture of post-modernity.
10:45 a.m. Dr. Edwin Yisroel Susskind, a clinical psychologist, author and marital therapist, will discuss a model of love that interrelates spousal love and love of God.
1 p.m. Dr. Michael Lawler, director of the Center for Marriage and Family, and the Amelia B. and Emil G. Graff Professor of Catholic Theological Studies at Creighton University, will address the rapidly increasing phenomenon of co-habitation.
2 p.m. Dr. Jim Hanigan, professor of theology at Duquesne, will examine gay marriage in terms of justice and ethics.

For more information, call 412.396.4300 or 412.396.4293. The Family Institute The Family Institute was established in 1997, in response to growing concern for the state and future of American families. Created to be the single most important repository of family research in the world, the Institute is supported through a gift from the Scaife Family Foundation.

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