FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2007
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA-David Blankenhorn, nationally known author and founder and president of the Institute for American Values-a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to contributing intellectually to the renewal of marriage and family life and the sources of competence, character, and citizenship in the United States-will speak at Gordon College about his new book The Future of Marriage. Blankenhorn's lecture will take place on Monday, October 1, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. (reception begins at 4 p.m.) in the Presidents Dining Room in the Lane Student Center at Gordon. The event is free and open to the public.
"We hope that Blankenhorn's talk will add to the important ongoing conversations happening at Gordon on marriage and sexuality," says Tal Howard, associate professor of history and director of the Jerusalem & Athens Forum at Gordon.
In 1994, Blankenhorn helped to found the National Fatherhood Initiative, serving as that organization's founding chairman. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Parenting Association. In 1992, he was appointed by President H. W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on America's Urban Families. A frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn's ideas have been cited in Time, Newsweek, the Economist, and elsewhere, and his articles have appeared in scores of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Public Interest, First Things, and Christianity Today. He has been profiled by the CBS Evening News and other news organizations, and has been featured on numerous national television programs, including Oprah, 20/20, Eye to Eye, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Charlie Rose, ABC Evening News, Equal Time, and C-SPAN's Washington Perspectives.
In 1977, Blankenhorn graduated magna cum laude in social studies from Harvard, where he was president of Phillips Brooks House, the campus community service center. He was also the recipient of a John Knox Fellowship. In 1978, he was awarded an M.A. with distinction in comparative social history from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. Blankenhorn lives in New York City with his wife, Raina, their son, Raymond, and their two daughters, Sophia and Alexandra.
Blankenhorn's visit is part of the Faith Seeking Understanding Lecture Series made possible by the Lilly Endowment initiative at Gordon College. For more information on Blankenhorn or to request photographs, please contact Ashley Hopkins at 978.867.4569 or e-mail ashley.hopkinsgordon.edu.
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