Second Thoughts Conference Speakers

The #MeToo Moment: Second Thoughts on the Sexual Revolution

May 31, 2018

Washington, DC

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Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. She also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. Mary is an expert on topics related to women, faith, culture, family, sexual morality, and gender ideology.  She was the keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2017 (“The Distinctiveness of Women’s Work and Women’s Empowerment”) and 2018 (“The Integral Education of Rural Women and Girls”). Mary’s writing has appeared in a variety of websites, policy journals, and scholarly publications. Mary has been interviewed by a wide range of national media, is a frequent commentator on EWTN and Catholic radio programs.

Before joining EPPC, Mary worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation programs, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mary and her husband, Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson are the parents of seven, and were the recipients of the 2015 Saint John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization.


O. Carter Snead is the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, Professor of Law in the Law School, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Snead is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and technology in the name of ethical goods. He has published over forty journal articles, book chapters, and essays on abortion, embryo research, neuroethics, assisted reproduction, end of life decision-making, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

He has advised officials in all three branches of the federal government on matters of public bioethics. He served as General Counsel to President Bush’s Council on Bioethics (chaired by Leon R. Kass). In 2016, Pope Francis appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life, which advises the Vatican on culture of life issues.

Keynote Speaker

Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the Archbishop of Washington and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is known for his teaching ministry.  He is involved in many education, health care and social service organizations and has written extensively on the role of religious faith in a pluralistic society. The Cardinal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America, the Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1986.  He served as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington.



Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, and has been a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City). She is currently an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of, and an ABC news consultant. Her most recent book is Putting Children’s Interests First in U.S. Family Law and Policy: With Power Comes Responsibility (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017).


Monique Chireau is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at the Duke University Hospital and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She is an expert in women’s health, including epidemiology of adverse pregnancy outcomes, racial disparities in women’s health, and the links between abortion legislation and women’s healthcare.


Marguerite Duane is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science – a group dedicated to educating healthcare colleagues about fertility awareness based methods. She attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care. She then completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She is board certified in family medicine and has experience caring for men, women and children at every stage of life.


Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., and author of several books including How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; and Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and journals including TIME, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and Her 2010 novel The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism, was adapted for stage and premiered at Catholic University’s Hartke Theater in fall 2017. During the Reagan administration, Mrs. Eberstadt was speechwriter to Secretary of State George Shultz, and a special assistant to Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick at the United Nations. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in philosophy and governement. In 2014, Seton Hall University awarded her an honorary doctorate in humane letters.


Dr. Suzanne Nortier Hollman is the Academic Dean and Program Chair of the APA approved Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (‘IPS’) at Divine Mercy University. She is an Associate Professor at IPS and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University (‘GWU’). She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from GWU, and an MSc degree in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Oxford University. Dr. Hollman’s scholarly interests include the integration of Faith and Science, Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory, and Catholic anthropology as an existential lens through which to recognize and relieve human suffering in all its permutations. She is currently completing a second Doctorate through University College London that examines the evolution of Psychoanalysis in the United States.


Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. She is called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking and the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women on surrogacy and egg trafficking.

In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. She is post-production on her latest documentary film, Big Fertility, focusing on one American surrogate story (release Fall 2018).


Mary Anne Layden is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program and the Director of the Social Action Committee for Women’s Psychological Health.

She co-authored the book Cognitive Therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder with C. Newman, A. Freeman and S. Morse. She has written numerous chapters on Cognitive Therapy especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. She has co-authored a chapter with Linnea Smith called “Adult Survivors of the Child Sexual Exploitation Industry” in Cooper, S. et al (Eds) Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes.


Mary G. Leary is a professor of law at The Catholic University of America. Professor Leary’s scholarship examines the intersection of criminal law, constitutional criminal procedure, technology, and contemporary victimization. She focuses on the exploitation and abuse of women, children, and “vulnerable peoples.” She is a recognized expert in the areas of criminal law, victimization, exploitation, human trafficking, missing persons, technology, and the Fourth Amendment.

She is the lead co-author of Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases (Carolina Academic Press), the only comprehensive multi-disciplinary book on this type of victimization. Her most recent works include an article discussing how § 230 of the Communications Decency Act facilitates sex trafficking online, The Indecency and Injustice of the Communications Decency Act (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 2018) and an analysis of the implication of touch DNA, Touch DNA and Chemical Analysis of Skin Trace Evidence: Protecting Privacy While Preserving Security, (William and Mary Journal of Constitutional Law 2018).