Ruth Institute Podcast (debates)
Making Marriage Cool -- Standing up for Traditional Marriage

(October 26, 2016) Dr J travels to Austin, Texas to debate philosophy professor Dr. Peter Jaworski on the topic "Markets Without Limits." Are markets for surrogacy and prostitution ethical? This event was sponsored by the Texas Economics Association, the James Q. Wilson Forum, and the Austin Institute.

Check out our Ruth Refuge for the Q&A session in the middle of the event.

Direct download: Oct27_16.mp3
Category:debates -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Argument Club for Women: Dr J and Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman

(October 1, 2013) Dr J travels to the Twin Cities to participate in a debate sponsored by the Argument Club for Women. Up for discussion: "Is Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage a Form of Bigotry?" I bet you can guess which side Dr J is arguing. On the other side is Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi at Temple Israel of Minneapolis. Dr. Deborah Savage, co-founder of the Siena Symposium, moderates. The debate will start around 9 minutes 40 seconds--there's a bit of an explanation about what the ACW does first.

Direct download: Oct04_13.m4a
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Dr. J & Dr. Gary Gates @ UCLA

(August 29, 2012) Dr J and Dr Gary Gates participate in a debate on the definition of marriage at UCLA. Dr. J, of course, is founding president of the Ruth Institute; Dr. Gates is a research associate at the Williams Institute at UCLA, a public policy research organization. The event was sponsored by the school's Federalist Society. Hang on for the Q&A afterward, too.

Direct download: Aug30_12.mp3
Category:debates -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Debate @ University of Arkansas (Little Rock)

(February 9, 2012) In this debate at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Dr J and Christine Sun ponder the definition of marriage. Dr J, of course, is founding president of the Ruth Institute; Christine Sun is Deputy Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center. The debate includes a long Q&A before closing statements.

Direct download: Feb24_12.mp3
Category:debates -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Debate @ University of Houston

(February 7, 2012) In this debate at the University of Houston, cohosted by the Federalist Society and Outlaw, Dr J squares off against Mitchell Katine over the definition of marriage. Dr J, of course, is founding president of the Ruth Institute. Mitchell Katine was the local attorney for John Lawrence of the Lawrence v Texas decision, which overturned all sodomy statutes in the U.S.

Direct download: Feb15_12.mp3
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Debate @ Baylor Law School

(October 4, 2011) Baylor Law School hosts a debate between Dr J and Manuel Quinto-Pozos, former staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, on the definition of marriage.  The debate was hosted by the Federalist Society and the Baylor American Constitution Society.

Direct download: Oct06a_11.mp3
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Debate @ SMU

(October 3, 2011) Southern Methodist University hosts a debate between Dr J (invited by the Federalist Society) and Lorie Burch, Dallas attorney (invited by OutLaw) on the legal definition of marriage.

Direct download: Oct05_11.mp3
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Is Capitalism Compatible with Christianity?

(February 2, 2010) Dr J travels to Stanford University, where she and Yaron Brook (of the Ayn Rand Institute) debate the question "Is Capitalism Compatible with Christianity?"  Some of the issues they explore include the definitions of reason and faith, human nature, individualism, freedom, Catholic teaching over a period of several centuries, the definition of capitalism, and the phenomina of love and altruism.

Direct download: Feb23_10.mp3
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Is Marriage Equality Possible?

(February 9, 2010) Columbia University's Federalist Society hosts a debate between Dr J and Professor Katherine Franke based on the question "Is Marriage Equality Possible?"  About an hour of audio includes opening position (Dr J), arguments (Prof. Franke), and rebuttal (Dr J), as well as a brief question-and-answer period.

Direct download: Feb11_10.mp3
Category:debates -- posted at: 7:05am PST