For any Valentine's Day stories on relationships or marriage, Santa
Clara University has a variety of professors available for media
Theology of Marriage
*Frederick Parrella, professor of religious studies at Santa
Clara University, has taught the highly popular course The Theology of
Marriage for about 30 years. He focuses his course on philosophical and
religious teachings on love and marriage, the role and hindrance of
gender stereotypes in marriage, and what it means that marriage is a
sacrament in the Catholic faith. He can discuss the changing views of
marriage and relationships among his students over the past decades.
*Sally Vance-Trembath, lecturer in religious studis at Santa
Clara University, has taught the Theology of Marriage for more than five
years, including a view of marriage as a "sacrament of human
flourishing." She says students in her class defy stereotypes, because
they are very interested in the meaning of family life, transcending the
"hookup culture" and articulating a richer understanding of intimacy.
Romance, Stress & Status Updates
*Tom Plante, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Santa Clara
University who can discuss the stress and romantic ideals often
associated with Valentine's Day. He can discuss ways to maintain
reasonable expectations for love and romance. He can also dissect the
role social media like Facebook & Google are playing in dating and
researching love interests.
*Chris Bacon is an assistant professor in the Environmental
Studies and Sciences department at Santa Clara University, and an expert
in food justice. He is available to talk about fair trade chocolate and
how holidays involving chocolate affect farmers across the world. He can
also give recommendations for the types of chocolate most likely to
support farmers and conserve biodiversity.
To reach any of the above professors, please contact Deborah Lohse in
Santa Clara University Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
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