In 2007, Björklunden offered Loves Me, Loves Me Knot / The History, Law, and Literature of Marriage.  Twenty avid participants – young, old, and in between; married, mated, and single – were fascinated to learn how little we understand about this curious institution.  Now Charlie and Karen Schudson return – to explore again and, given the marriage-shaking developments of the last fifteen years, to explore much more.

Do love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage?  Not necessarily, according to Professor Stephanie Coontz in Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.  From her groundbreaking book to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, from page-turning short stories to optional afternoon/evening movies, diverse sources will stimulate our analyses of marriage and: courtship and couplings; separation and divorce; remarriage and blended families; retirement and widowhood; politics and public policy; economics and estrangement; parenting and grandparenting; religion and spirituality; sex (and humor) and … love.

Neither marital workshop nor touchy-feely encounter group, this seminar is appropriate for all – men and women, singles and couples.  Fascinating and fun, Loves Me, Loves Me Knot will loosen a knot or two and perhaps prompt some cerebral and emotional re-lacing.              

Charles B. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus.  He has served as a state and federal prosecutor, a trial and appellate judge, an adjunct professor at the Marquette and Wisconsin law schools, and a Fulbright Scholar at law schools abroad.  At Lawrence, he served as the Law and Literature Scholar in Residence; at Björklunden, he has presented many seminars since 2004.

Judge Schudson has authored published works including On Trial: America’s Courts and Their Treatment of Sexually Abused Children, and Independence Corrupted / How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions, a nominee for the 2018 National Book Award.  He graduated from Dartmouth College and the Wisconsin Law School.  He has been a featured guest on NPR, PBS, and Oprah. 

Karen R. Schudson recently retired after a career as a marriage and family therapist, and life coach.  She has counseled countless individuals and couples, and consulted for organizations including the Milwaukee Public Schools, Robert W. Baird, Inc., and Harley-Davidson. 

Ms. Schudson graduated from Smith College where she majored in Cultural Anthropology, and from the University of Wisconsin where she received her Masters in Counseling and Guidance.  She served on the board of Collaborative Family Law Association of Wisconsin.  For many years throughout America, she and Charlie presented "Healing the Healers," the program they designed to help professionals cope with secondary trauma resulting from work with abused children.

Charlie and Karen have been married fifty-one years. They have two children and four grandchildren. The jury’s still out, but they are still in love … and taking nothing for granted.


Sunday, September 11, 2022 to Friday, September 16, 2022