View all Events

Luxury Beliefs and Two-Parent Privilege: A Conversation with Rob Henderson and Melissa Kearney

Thursday June 2024
Starts at 5pm


Rob Henderson Author, Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class
Melissa Kearney Author, The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind

In the form of a memoir and economic deep dive, respectively, Rob Henderson and Melissa Kearney both question contemporary narratives around marriage and family. In Troubled: A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class, Henderson writes, “Among college graduates, only 25% think couples should be married before having kids,” but 84% of children of college-educated couples live with two married parents—which is significantly higher than their counterparts with high school-educated parents. What accounts for the disconnect between educated young peoples’ blasé attitudes towards marriage, even as they start two-parent families of their own? How have class tension and shifts in wages affected the way men and women view marriage?  

Please join us for a rich conversation with Rob Henderson and Melissa Kearney. Drawing on lived experience, polling, economic and housing data, Henderson and Kearney remove the taboo around marriage and offer a new message for Gen Zers who may have a disaffected outlook on marriage, family and societal expectations.

Photo: Getty Images