FORUM 2015



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Ryan AndersonRYAN T. ANDERSON, Ph.D.


Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, healthcare and education, and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory.

Anderson is also the Founder and Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J.

Anderson’s recent work at Heritage focuses on the constitutional questions surrounding same-sex marriage. He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of the acclaimed book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense” (Encounter Books, December 2012). Justice Samuel Alito cited the book twice in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act. The three also co-wrote the article “What is Marriage?” in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Anderson’s new book, The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty, will respond to the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling on marriage, and will be released in July 2015.

Anderson has appeared on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel. In addition to a memorable 2013 debate about marriage on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, his news interviews include appearances on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s The Ed Show with Ed Schultz, and Fox News’ Hannity.

In April, 2015, the Washington Post ran a front-page profile of Anderson, and his work has been featured in or published by major newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Examiner, National Review, the Weekly Standard and Christianity Today. It also has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, the New Atlantis, Touchstone, Books and Culture, The City and Human Life Review.

Anderson’s previous positions include assistant editor of First Things; Robert Novak Journalism Fellow; and executive director of the Witherspoon Institute, where he was research assistant to Robert P. George and Jean Bethke Elshtain.

Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He earned his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where he received his master’s degree. His research spans the natural law tradition in conversation with classical and contemporary liberalism. His dissertation, which he defended in October 2014, is titled: “Neither Liberal nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”

Anderson, who was born in Baltimore, Md., currently resides in Washington, D.C. For his latest essays and videos, follow his public facebook page:

Follow him on Twitter: @RyanTAnd

Why the Marriage Debate Isn’t Over: An Interview With Ryan T. Anderson

Meet the man who stood up to Piers Morgan on marriage

A few weeks ago Piers Morgan hosted his TV show in America and sneered at everyone who doesn’t agree with redefining marriage, but he didn’t expect to come up against this supporter of real marriage!

Ryan T. Anderson – What is Marriage?

Ryan Anderson is a co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, and the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. This is the Video of the lecture Ryan Anderson gave at Stanford earlier this spring has now become available. You can watch a 3 minute highlight reel here:

The Heritage Foundation pulled out two particularly engaging exchanges in the Q&A here:

Ryan Anderson – A fresh voice on same-sex marriage
Washington Post 15 April 2015
Another day, another town. Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. There is an interview with conservative talk radio, a debate with a liberal professor at the University of Colorado’s law school and, after that, a lecture to Catholic students eager to hear Anderson’s view that the Constitution does not require that marriage be “redefined” to include same-sex couples. The Supreme Court will soon be deciding just that question. And Anderson, a 33-year-old scholar at the Heritage Foundation, has emerged as a leading voice for those who resent being labeled hopelessly old-fashioned — or, worse, bigoted — for believing that marriage should be only between a man and a woman.

greg pikeDR GREGORY PIKE, Ph.D.

1. LEGALISING MARIJUANA (incl Medicinal Marijuana) – A DOPEY IDEA?
What’s up with marijuana? One minute it’s a harmful drug causing psychosis and a host of other problems, and the next it’s medicine. The public could be forgiven for being confused. After all, there are few people who don’t have some experience with a family member, relative or friend whose marijuana habit has wreaked havoc. After years of medical marijuana in many US states, legalisation for ‘recreational’ purposes has now followed in some. Is there a link, and what is it? Could marijuana be medicine, and if so, how should it be regulated? Is legalising marijuana for ‘recreation’ inevitable? Is it time for Marlboro Green, Marley Natural or Willie’s Reserve? There’s a lot at stake here. Come and hear some sense on this tangled story.


Dr Greg Pike is a Bioethicist and the Director of the Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture (ACBC). Dr Pike obtained his doctorate in Physiology from the University of Adelaide in 1984, then continued with postdoctoral studies in the USA supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 1998 he joined the Southern Cross Bioethics Institute and was its director from 2004 to 2012 before becoming founding director of ACBC. He focuses on bioethics with a particular emphasis on the influence of bioethics on public policy development. He has participated extensively in public debates on stem cells, cloning, abortion, euthanasia and illicit drug policy. He has a broader interest in ethical issues related to new technologies in the health sciences, particularly reproductive technologies and genetics. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Australian Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Programme, a member of The Institute on Global Drug Policy, and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology. He was also a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee for the 2006-2009 triennium.

peter saundersDR PETER SAUNDERS


NZ-born Peter Saunders is Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia, and chair of the European Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Since 1992 he has served full-time with the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries and since 1999 as Chief Executive. He has been a member of the ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association) Board since 2003 and also serves on the Coalition for Marriage board and the European leadership forum steering group.



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The 9th annual New Zealand Forum on the Family will bring together a national network of family-focused organisations, scholars, lobby groups, leaders and family groups who seek to promote and protect the wellbeing of families, the vital role of parents, and the welfare of our children.

Life Convention Centre,
110 Montgomerie Rd, Airport Oaks
(2 mins from Auckland Airport)


Monday 24th August 2015 9.00am – 4.30pm


$99 Early Bird Individual (if registered by 1st August)
$109 Individual (full rate)
$149 Early Bird Married couple (if registered by 1st August)
$159 Married couple (full rate)
$59 Special Student Rate

Group rates also available. Cost includes morning tea, lunch and refreshments during the day, and shuttle to and from the airport – if applicable. Book now and take advantage of cheaper airfares if travelling.


tel 09 261 2426
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Holiday Inn Auckland Airport
(20-25 minute walk to venue)

Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport
(15 minute walk to venue)

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