For release: November 6, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
Dr. Valerie Hudson
Dr. Valerie Hudson, the George H.W. Bush Chair at the Bush School of Government and
Public Service at Texas A&M University, will reveal her groundbreaking conclusions
about how to promote peace in the modern world during a lecture at the University
of Memphis. Hudson will discuss “Sex and World Peace” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the
University Center Theatre. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture
and book signing at 6:30.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
garage adjacent to the University Center.
Hudson believes the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is not its level of wealth,
its level of democracy, or its ethno-religious identity, but that the best predictor
of state security is its treatment of women. With three colleagues, Hudson created
the largest database on the status of women in the world today. Their subsequent book,
Sex and World Peace, reveals an ironclad link between the well-being of a state and that of its women.
Hudson is the author or editor of several other books, including the award-winning
Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population with Andrea den Boer. She was named one of Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009 by Foreign Policy magazine.
The event is sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. The Marcus
Orr Center is dedicated to bringing together students, graduates, faculty, and the
broader Memphis community for events that promote richer, deeper conversations about
For more information on this event or any of the programs of the Marcus Orr Center,
visit www.memphis.edu/moch or contact its director, Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, at 901-678-2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.