pat-faganDr. Pat Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C., will deliver a talk entitled, “The Gift that Christian Marriage is to Western Civilization,” to the students and faculty of Christendom College on September 22. Part of the college’s Major Speakers Program, the talk is open to the public and will be held in the St. Lawrence Commons at 6 p.m.

At the Family Research Council, Dr. Fagan directs the work of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), a branch of the Council that focuses on studying the effects of the relationship between marriage and religion on society.

Fagan hails from Ireland, where he received a Bachelor of Social Science in both sociology and social administration and then a professional graduate degree in psychology and a P.h.D from University College Dublin. After teaching for a while in Cork and studying to become a psychologist, he moved to Canada and then Washington D.C in order to pursue his interest in clinical psychology.  In 1984, while still in D.C, Fagan decided to devote himself to family issues and public policy.

He has worked for the Free Congress Foundation, assisted Indiana Senator Dan Coats, served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under George H.W. Bush, and was a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation for thirteen years before joining FRC.

Christendom College’s Major Speakers Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.

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