To date, STI's Family branch has held the following Experts Meetings:
Fatherhood involvement is influenced by multiple factors operating at macro- (institutional practices and culture), meso- (peer and family support), and micro-levels (personal characteristics) over the life course. This meeting will take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the favorable conditions at each level that allow fathers to be as involved as they want to be, and thereby transmit differential advantages to their children.
The meeting explores why families are increasingly unequal throughout North America and Europe, with college-educated Americans and Europeans being much more likely to get and stay married, and less-educated Americans and Europeans being much more likely to face high levels of singleness, family instability, and single parenthood.
Law professor Naomi R. Cahn (George Washington University) will debate sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox (University of Virginia) on marriage and inequality. Catherine Rampell, a columnist at the Washington Post, and Kay Hymowitz, the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, will serve as respondents.
Exploring the Relationship between Home Environments and Family and Societal Wellbeing
The International Round Table “Investing in Children” will center on one main topic for discussion: children's poverty.
Research on the myriad ways in which the family influences children’s education
Exploring the cultural sources of declining fertility and its consequences for children, adults and the societies they live in.
On modern meaning of marriage, divorce, the decay of marriage in the Western world in recent years, children and the family, the legal changes marriage has precipitated (or been affected by), the question of same-sex marriage, and the movement for civil unions.
Achieving constructive family policies is especially challenging due to a number of intrinsic dilemmas that can make consensus difficult and hinder progress.