Some Bench Memos readers caught my news last month that I am at Princeton for the year, working on a book on the Supreme Court. But folks here are not letting me hide out in the library: On November 7 and 8, I will be MC of the first Intercollegiate Conference of the Love and Fidelity Network, an organization dedicated to helping college students “live out their sexuality in a way that honors the full meaning, purpose and integrity of sex and human relationships.” In short, LFN is all about fighting the hook-up culture made infamous by such works as Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons. Building on the success of the Anscombe Society at Princeton (of which she was the founding president), young alumna Cassy DeBenedetto has begun the Love and Fidelity Network to start similar educational and mutual-support efforts on other campuses. The November conference is built on the “hope that participants will return to their campuses better informed about the lifestyles and behaviors that best enable them to live responsibly, reasonably, healthily and morally.”
Titled “Sexuality, Integrity, and the University,” this first of what we hope will be annual conferences will feature learned speakers such as Princeton’s own Robert George, Mary Eberstadt, W. Bradford Wilcox, Maggie Gallagher, and Miriam Grossman. My job as MC, I think, is to introduce all these expert people and then get out of their way! Registration is still open (and very cheap for all those students we want to come), and you can find out more about it at the link above.