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The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, 3/16

Due to on-going concerns surrounding the coronavirus, this event has been postponed until further notice.

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The Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy welcomes


Ross Douthat
Columnist, The New York Times


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Monday, March 16, 2020
4:00–5:00 p.m.

Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Room 101)
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085


The McCullen Center welcomes Ross Douthat, opinion columnist for The New York Times, who covers politics, religion, moral values and higher education. This lecture will focus on his newly published book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

In The Decadent Society, Douthat explains his theory on what happens when a rich and powerful society ceases advancing—how the combination of wealth and technological proficiency with economic stagnation, political stalemates, cultural exhaustion, and demographic decline creates a kind of “sustainable decadence.”

Douthat joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2009. He is the author of To Change the ChurchBad Religion and Privilege, and coauthor of Grand New Party. Before joining the New York Times, he was a senior editor for the Atlantic. He is the film critic for National Review and he cohosts The New York Times’s weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument. 

The lecture is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 substantive CLE credit.