Bowling Green State University

Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH 43403

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University Libraries’ companion display to the Wood County Museum’s exhibition “Allure & Illusion: A Rose Colored Romance” presents the foundations of marriage culture and how modern ideologies are changing what it means to be married and to strive for the American Dream.

Drs. Susan L. Brown and Wendy D. Manning, Co-Directors of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, will present on their work tracing the shifts in the meaning of marriage in U.S. society. Their research draws on federal data sources to document patterns and trends in marriage. They will address the decoupling of marriage and parenthood as well as increases in nonmarital childbearing and cohabitation, and assess the linkages between attitudes toward marriage versus marital behaviors. During the presentation, they will also discuss the legalization of same-sex marriage, and an assessment of how marriage is likely to change in the future.


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