Friday, November 9, 2007

Unhooked, Unprotected Girls Gone Mild Return to Modesty & Thrill of the Chaste

An upcoming Washington seminar is the realization of a vision I've had for the past year of putting together a sort of "chastity all-stars" author event.

Authors Wendy Shalit (A Return to ModestyGirls Gone Mild), Laura Sessions Stepp (Unhooked), Miriam Grossman (Unprotected), and I, along with Cassie DeBenedetto (founder of Princeton University's pro-chastity club, the Anscombe Society), will speak at a seminar this coming Tuesday at Washington, D.C.'s Ethics and Public Policy Center.

New Atlantis managing editor Mary Rose Rybak and her EPPC colleagues organized the seminar based on a concept I presented to her in my capacity as director of the Cardinal Newman Society's Love and Responsibility program, whose mission is in part to bring together experts to find solutions to the problems of sexual activity on college campuses.

Probably my biggest contribution, other than suggesting the speakers and the theme of the seminar, was the name: "Modest Proposals."

I haven't mentioned it here sooner because seating is so limited and is, as of now, just about full, but you can read about it on EPPC's Web site and RSVP if you're willing to take the risk that it may be standing-room only. The first invitations went out to our target audience of college administrators, policymakers, and opinion leaders, many of whom have responded.

Thankfully, the event is likely to be captured for posterity on C-SPAN's BookTV, plus a DVD will be available afterwards. Contact me through the Cardinal Newman Society's Web site if you'd like to obtain the DVD when it becomes available.