The Saint Benedict Institute will host Helen Alvaré to present the address “Work, Family and the Sexual Revolution: A Christian Feminist Take on Law and Culture Today” on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Hope College in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The presentation will consider that while U.S. family life, sexual mores and employment patterns have changed considerably over the last half century, law and public policy have not caught up.  As noted in the talk’s overview: “Furthermore, sometimes lawmakers send muddled, conflicting or even pernicious messages.  Individuals, families, communities, and churches and other private institutions need to take additional responsibility to assist families, especially children who are most hurt by these changes.  But law and policy makers also need to step up to their responsibilities.”

Helen Alvaré is a professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. Her most recent book is “Putting Children's Interests First in US Family Law and Policy: With Power Comes Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

The lecture is co-sponsored by the college’s Departments of Religion and Political Science, and the student groups G.R.A.C.E.S. and Markets and Morality.

The Saint Benedict Institute is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. It seeks to promote and nurture intellectual work done from the heart of the Catholic Church, to foster an ecumenical community of Catholic Christians and friends committed to the renewal of culture, and to aid in the formation of intellectually and spiritually mature Christians by making available the riches of the Catholic tradition to Hope College and the wider community. More information can be found at

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.