Author of "Sex and World Peace" visits UNT to discuss women's role in state security

Valerie Hudson
Valerie Hudson, co-author of “Sex and World Peace,” professor and the George H. W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Photo courtesy of Valerie Hudson.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 08:43

What: Valerie Hudson, co-author of "Sex and World Peace," professor and the George H. W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, will give a lecture at the University of North Texas on the link between state security and women's security. The event is sponsored by the Castleberry Peace Institute at UNT, the Department of Political Science and Women's Studies.

When: Lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 (Thursday) -- A book signing with Hudson follows at 8 p.m.

Where: Business Leadership Building, Room 180; 1307 W. Highland St.

Cost: Free

Contact: Women's Studies at 940-565-2098

Media: Download an image of Hudson at http://news.unt.edu/image-galleries/image/valerie-hudson.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In the book "Sex and World Peace," co-author Valerie Hudson proposes that the best predictor of a state's peacefulness is not its wealth, democracy or ethno-religious identity, but its treatment of women. Hudson's forthcoming book, titled "The Hillary Doctrine: How Sex Came to Matter in American Foreign Policy," examines former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's focus on gender policy and why this priority impacts the security of the United States.

Hudson will speak on these topics at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 (Thursday) in Room 180 of UNT's Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St. A book signing will follow at 8 p.m.

A professor and George H. W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, Hudson is recognized as an expert on international security and foreign policy analysis and for her contributions to both political science and policy for research that examines the link between state security and women's security. In 2009, Foreign Policy Magazine included Hudson among its top 100 global thinkers for her work on the political consequences of gender imbalances.

"Dr. Hudson will discuss why gender equality matters for peace, and why it is that societies that treat their women poorly also tend to be more belligerent," said Dr. Marijke Breuning, professor of political science at UNT. "Dr. Hudson's argument is new and bold, and should be of interest to anyone who cares about building a more peaceful world."

The event is sponsored by the Castleberry Peace Institute in the Department of Political Science and the Women's Studies Program.

The Castleberry Peace Institute

The Castleberry Peace Institute in the Department of Political Science at UNT is the only peace science regional institute in the southern U.S. The institute sponsors cutting-edge peace science research and educational programs that advance understanding of why conflicts occur, how they can be brought to an earlier and less destructive end, and what can be done to build a more durable peace in the aftermath of armed conflict. Emerging technologies such as data visualization, geospatial analysis and natural language processing augment traditional statistical methods and position UNT to collect, analyze and present data at the forefront of conflict and security research.

Women's Studies Program at UNT

UNT's Women's Studies Program within the College of Arts and Sciences offers an interdisciplinary experience that places gender at the center of scholarly inquiry. Courses address complex global gender issues such as peace-making efforts, human trafficking, access to development, lack of educational opportunities and human rights abuses. Throughout the program, students can explore how race, class, ethnicity, sexuality and culture impact women's lives. Students may pursue a minor in women's studies or a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women's studies. Internships, study abroad opportunities and a monthly film series provide additional insight into the role gender plays in daily life.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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