ALLAN CARLSON GIVES NEW LECTURE SERIES IN WASHINGTON, DC. As
part of a broad cooperation with The Family Research Council (FRC), Center
President Allan Carlson is presenting a series of lectures on "Family
Policy for the 21st Century" in the nation's capital. These
talks aim at guiding Federal policy formation toward the family in the decades
ahead. Lectures delivered so far
to audiences of policy analysts, legislators, White House aides, pro-family
activists, and students include:
the Generations: A New Vision of the Multigenerational Family" (21
November 2003); and
Schoolroom: Education as Homecoming" (13 February 2003).
These lectures are also "webcast"
live at www.frc.org. Scheduled
talks for the next several months (all at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) are:
(March 27) "'Bailey Park'
or 'Greater Pottersville'?: The Natural Family in the 21st Century
(April 24) "The Fertility
Gap: American Population Policy for a Depopulating World"; and
(June 12) "Two Becoming One
Flesh: Recasting Marriage Policy for the 21st Century."
HOWARD CENTER RECOMMENDED FOR "SPECIAL CONSULTATIVE STATUS" AT
THE UNITED NATIONS.
In a victory for pro-family witness at the
international level, the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental
Organizations voted this January 24 to recommend that "Special
Consultative Status be granted to The Howard Center for Family, Religion &
Society." This is still
subject to approval by the UN's Economic and Social Council, meeting in late
April. Such status would grant
The Howard Center an official voice in UN deliberations regarding family life
and population questions.
BUSH TAX PLAN FOLLOWS CENTER RECOMMENDATIONS. The
Tax Cut plan proposed by the George W. Bush administration this January
included two ideas initiated and promoted by The Howard Center.
The proposed repair to "the marriage penalty" follows
principles urged by the Center (and, at one time, opposed by the White House),
an influence noted by The
Wall Street Journal's Amity Schlaes in her book The Greedy Hand. And
the proposed immediate increase in the Child Care Tax Credit to $1,000
fulfills a policy recommendation that Allan Carlson has urged for many years.
NEW "FAMILY & SOCIETY DATABASE" UP AND RUNNING. The
Howard Center, cooperating with The Heritage Foundation of Washington, DC, has
helped initiate a new database containing 1400 empirical findings drawn from
850 journal articles published during the past 15 years.
The core of this powerful new research tool is the Center's John L.
Swan Library of Family and Culture. It is available, without charge, through
the Howard Center's website at
YOEST NAMED AS 2003 KOHLER FELLOW. A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of
Politics, University of Virginia, will serve as the Center's Kohler Fellow for
2003. Charmaine Crouse Yoest will focus on writing articles derived from her
doctoral dissertation, and starting its transition into a book. Entitled
Empowering Shakespeare's Sister: The Politics of Parental Leave, the work
examines paid parental leave policies. Mrs. Yoest argues "that advocacy of
paid parental leave policies as a policy device for advancing gender-neutral
parenting and 'leveling the playing field' for women professionally, is both
ill-conceived and ineffective."
ALLAN CARLSON RECOMMENDS FAMILY POLICY INITIATIVES TO SWEDISH PARLIAMENT. Speaking
to Swedish parliamentarians at the Riksdag
in Stockholm this February 19, Center President Allan Carlson urged the
adoption of pro-family tax and social policies.
The Parliament's Caucus for The Family and Human Values sponsored the
presentation. Carlson told the
M.P.'s that modern social science "actually shows the power, value, and
necessity of traditional family arrangements" in a society.
He continued: "If your goals are to encourage human health,
happiness, and success, renew the population through children, and give
children the best possible start in life, the Swedish government should:
encourage the marriage of young men and women and the maintenance of
married-couple homes; discourage divorce and the unstable status of
cohabitation; and welcome the presence of traditionally religious
JOHN HOWARD INITIATES NEW BOOK. Senior
Fellow John Howard has begun work on a book to show Christianity's predominant
influence in the shaping of American institutions, norms, and customs, from
the nation's founding until the 1960's. He
notes, for example, this report from Yale University Professor William Lyon
Phelp's on the publication of a Revised Version of the Bible in 1881: "[
I]ts appearance had been looked for with feverish excitement.
The bookshops could not begin to satisfy the demand.
Thousands of copies were pushed about the streets of New York, sold
directly from wheelbarrows." Dr.
Howard expects the project to take several years.
CENTER BOARD MEMBER AUTHORS BOOK ON HIS
McClelland, a longtime member of The Howard Center Board of Directors and
Chairman of the Arizona-based Shamrock Foods, has authored the book, The
Parkers of Ballykeel. It
tells the story of his mother's family, who migrated to America--and indeed
around the globe--from the Drumlins of County Down, Ulster. Mr. McClelland writes: "What gives added value to this
story of the Parker Family is, of course, that it is a microcosm of a much
larger story--that of a people known as the Scotch-Irish...A strong sense of
characterized these people and a seemingly innate knowledge that
the family unit was the foundation upon which the community is built."
JEAN HEISE MARKS ROE v. WADE 30TH ANNIVERSARY In a
series of events, Center Special Events Coordinator Jean Heise reported on the
consequences of thirty years of legalized abortion-on-demand in America.
In her keynote speech to 300 persons at the Portage County (Wisconsin)
Right-to-Life Rally, Mrs. Heise stressed Hope and Opportunity for the Future:
"There is a shift in attitudes toward abortion.
More folks than ever are uncomfortable with the high numbers and feel
there should be at least some restrictions." The Howard Center also co-sponsored the annual Life Breakfast
in Rockford on January 17. With
"born-alive abortion" whistle blower Jill Stanek, RN, as speaker and
Allan Carlson as M.C., the event drew a record 425 persons.
RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES.
December 26: Allan Carlson appeared on
the MSNBC show, "Buchanan and Press."
He discussed the causes and consequences of depopulation trends in
Europe and America.
November 18: Center Kohler Fellow
Brian Robertson and Allan Carlson were guests on "Extension 720,"
hosted by Dr. Milt Rosenberg on WGN-AM, Chicago.
For two hours, they discussed the troubled status of the family in
January 14: Allan Carlson discussed
the unintended anti-family effects of the Federal student loan program on KFAR-AM,
of Fairbanks, Alaska, with syndication nationwide.
September 9: The subject of "pro
family tax reform" drew Allan Carlson's attention on the weekly radio
broadcast of the North Carolina's Family Policy Association.
August 30: Allan Carlson made the
case for pro-family tax reform on the CRP Radio Network.
JOHN HOWARD LECTURES AT PRINCETON. On
October 10, John Howard returned to his alma mater to speak at a symposium for
the University's James Madison Program. In
his talk, "The Family: America's Hope," before an audience of
faculty and graduate students, Dr.
Howard noted "that from the arrival of the earliest settlers on through
the first century and a half of this country's existence, America was a
western extension of Christendom... a society in which the generally accepted
standards of human behavior were derived from the Bible." The talk appeared in The
Family in America (November) as well as in The St. Croix Review and The
THREE BOOKS BY ALLAN CARLSON TO BE PUBLISHED IN 2003:
"The American Way": Family and Community in the Shaping of the
American Identity (from ISI Books), examines how the images of "home" and
"family" served as the source of positive American
self-understanding during the 20th Century (September);
The Family in America: Its Search for Social Harmony in the Industrial
(from Transaction Books, at Rutgers University), looks at past strategies for
preserving family autonomy in the modern urban-industrial era (October); and
The Family, the Person, and Society
[in Russian], features 24 essays published by the Sociology Department, Moscow
Lomonosov State University (Summer).
"STUDENT LOAN" ARTICLE STIRS NATIONAL DEBATE. In an essay
appearing December 16 in, Allan Carlson showed how mounting federal student
loan debt was leading to serious delays in marriage and childbearing among
young adults. Dr. Carlson called
the existing program a perverse "form of contraception" and urged
that "for every new child born to indebted married parents, the federal
government should pay off one-fourth of their outstanding student loan debt,
up to $5,000 each for mother and father. Over the next few days The
Chronicle of Higher Education carried a summary of the piece, Vice
President Dick Cheney's office distributed the essay to the White House
Domestic Policy Staff as a "Must Read" item; and the National Center
for Policy Analysis dispatched the idea worldwide. Dr. Carlson is now preparing a longer version for publication
by The Family Research Council.
& Society Report editor Harold O.J. Brown gave lectures on
"Faith and Economics" at the Reformed Theological Seminary,
2003 marks the Third Year of The World Congress of Families
Update, edited by Karl John Shields which is received each week by
The Community Leadership Program of The Sutherland Institute, Salt
Lake City, Utah, featured two lectures by Allan Carlson on September 19:
"The Family is the Fundamental Unit of Society" and
"Reflections on Robert Nisbet's Quest
The publication, The
Executive Speaker, features John Howard's lecture on the meaning of
"9/11" in its October issue; eight of his speeches are found at the
Allan Carlson spoke on "Working With Boys: How to Reach and
Target Males with Character Education," for the "Futures for
Kids" conference, held August 8 by The Illinois Department of Human
O.J. Brown taught a course on The Heritage of the
Reformation held last August in Wittenberg, Germany.
"The New Agrarians and the Popular Education Culture"
was the lecture by Allan Carlson for the Annual Foundations Seminar, held November 8 by The
Education Department of Washburn University, Topeka, KS.
The new journal, Family
Policy Review, features two
essays by Allan Carlson in its inaugural February 2003 issue:
"Taxing the Family: An American Version of Paradise Lost"; and
"Solving the Elder-Care Dilemma."
Dr. Carlson also serves on the Editorial Committee of the Review.
In November, Harold
O.J. Brown attended a new session of
Evangelicals and Catholics Together in New York.
Allan Carlson's long
esay, "The Peculiar Legacy of
German-Americans," appears in the January-February 2003 issue of Society,
America's pre-eminent social science journal.
The September/October 2002 issue of HomeSchooling
Today carries John Howard's article, "What Is Important in Our
Post-September 11 World? "
Chesterton Review for Autumn, 2002, includes Allan Carlson's essay,
"Agrarian Fairy Tales."
The journal Marriage
and Families, published by The School of Family Life, Brigham Young
University, features Allan Carlson's "What Children Really Need: Another
Way to Look at Children's Rights" in its September issue.
The Howard Center held a special Roundtable session at The
University Club of Rockford on February 26, discussing the nature and
significance of "Post-Feminism."
During 2002, Research Associate Karl John Shields and other staff
answered over 150 research requests with data, reports, and copies of articles.
Allan Carlson spoke on November 7 to parents, faculty, and
students at Cair Paravel School of Topeka, Kansas, on "The Family as the
Fundamental Unit of Society: What This Means for an Independent School."
Bryce Christensen, Karl Shields, and Allan Carlson are new
Associate Editors of The Family & Society Database.
In February, Harold
O.J. Brown led a seminar on his book, The Sensate Culture, for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Jean Heise has led adult study classes on life and family issues
at four Rockford area churches and Hallstrom Homeschool Workshops.
Allan Carlson has joined the Board of Advisors for a video series
on marriage and family issues being developed by Free Teens USA, with Howard
Center Board member Paul Vitz as co-director of the project.
Jean Heise spoke to the Young Mother's Group of Holy Family
Catholic Church, Rockford, on "Reflections of an Empty Nester, Lessons from
On February 13, Allan Carlson spoke to faculty and students of The
John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Washington, DC, on "The
Family and the Person in American Liberal Institutions."
Maggie Gallagher's syndicated newspaper column for the week of
December 14 quotes Allan Carlson's explanation for the Baby Boom of the 1950's; The Washington Post of October 15 reports on his new association
with The Family Research Council.