The Moynihan Report at 50: Reflections, Realities, and Prospects

October 30, 2015
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The Moynihan Report at 50 is a robust dialogue among scholars across disciplines and political perspectives as they reflect on Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s 1965 report on the state of the African-American family in the United States. A scholar of both policy and social science, the New York senator explored the structural and cultural pathologies that haunted African American families, and in so doing drew the ire of critics. His report and its frank assessments remain controversial 50 years later. Was Moynihan prescient? Are the challenges facing the African- American family and, more generally, the American family, more or less grave today than they were in 1965? Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is pleased to host leading scholars of race, poverty, inequality, criminal justice, religion, marriage, and family for a searching look at the report and its conclusions in light of 50 additional years of social and political observations. The conference features a keynote address by Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, as well as interdisciplinary panel discussions of scholars and policy experts.

Keynote Address: The Multi-Racial Impact: Youth and Families Fifty Years After Moynihan
Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Respondent: Jacqueline Rivers, Harvard University

Fifty Years of Policy: What Works, What Doesn't, and What's Next?
Yuval Levin, National Affairs; Ethics and Public Policy Center
Paul Peterson, Harvard University
Isabel V. Sawhill, Brookings Institution
Amy Wax, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Robert P. George, Princeton University

The Fragile Families Moynihan Foresaw
Marcy Carlson, University of Wisconsin
Gregory Weiner, Assumption College
W. Bradford Wilcox, University of Virginia
Chair:    Mark Regnerus, University of Texas at Austin

On Inequality and Family Well-Being
Stephanos Bibas, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Lerman, Urban Institute
Scott Winship, The Manhattan Institute
Chair: Andrew M. Yuengert, Princeton University & Pepperdine University

The Shifting Role of Religion in Shaping a Good Society
Anthony B. Bradley, The King’s College
Jorge L. A. Garcia, Boston College
Byron Johnson, Baylor University
Eugene F. Rivers, 3rd, Azusa Christian Community
Chair:    Robert P. George, Princeton University

See Conference Booklet for details on all panelists.

Video:

The Multi-Racial Impact: Youth and Families Fifty Years After Moynihan

Fifty Years of Policy: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next?

The Fragile Families Moynihan Foresaw

On Inequality and Family Well-Being

The Shifting Role of Religion in Shaping a Good Society

Location:

Lewis Library 120

Cosponsored by:

  • The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture

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