Amy Wax at AFA: Of Bourgeois Values and Cultural Exceptionalism


Friday, February 1st at 4:30 

Amy Wax

Amy Wax

Penn Law Professor, vilified for statements such as “all cultures are not equal” and other similarly heretical claims, speaking on Bourgeous Values and Cultural Exceptionalism

In August 2017, Amy Wax, the Robert Mundheim professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School,had the temerity to write an article suggesting that the loss of “bourgeois culture” may be to blame for the rise of various of our “social pathologies.”

“Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available,” the article states. “Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

“The causes of these phenomena are multiple and complex, but implicated in these and other maladies is the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.”

Oh my!

The article, co-written with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego Law School, sent shock waves throughout, well, everywhere. In addition to the above, and a description of what constitutes “bourgeois culture,” Wax and Alexander made the following truly shocking claim:

“All cultures are not equal.”

For this, Amy Wax has been the target of various of academia’s tactics for silencing opinions that fail to conform to their accepted norms, and was stripped of teaching first year law students.

But we are delighted to be hosting her Friday, February 1st at 4:30 at the Luxe. Come hear this courageous woman tell her story, and about academia’s silencing tactics generally.

Watch one of her more recent speeches here.

We hope to see you there!

About Amy Wax

Amy Wax’s work addresses issues in social welfare law and policy as well as the relationship of the family, the workplace, and labor markets. By bringing to bear her training in biomedical sciences and appellate practice as well as her interest in economic analysis, Wax has developed a uniquely insightful approach to problems in her areas of expertise. Wax has published widely in law journals, addressing liberal theory and welfare work requirements as well as the economics of federal disability laws. Current works in progress include articles on same-sex marriage, disparate impact theory and group demographics, rational choice and family structure, and the law and neuroscience of deprivation. Her most recent book isRace, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century (Hoover Institution Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2009).

Wax has received the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course and the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. As an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Wax argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court. 

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February 1st
Hors D’oeuvres Reception at 4:30 PM
Luxe Hotel, Sunset Blvd in Westwood

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FEBRUARY 10th  – 4:30 PM


The Changing Face of Global Demographis and Why It Matters  CHANGING FACE OF GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHICS AND WHY IT MATTERS

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