First Annual Scherer Lecture to Focus on Marriage as 'Best Path to Happiness'
W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project (NMP), will present
the first Scherer Lecture, Love and Marriage: How Research Shows that Marriage Remains
the Best Path to Happiness for Men, Women, and Children, on Friday, March 27, at 7:30
p.m. The event is sponsored by the American Public Philosophy Institute (APPI).
Earlier the same day, Wilcox will lecture on Wandering Towards the Altar: 10 Lessons
from the Social Sciences on Finding a Mate at 4 p.m. The general public is invited
to both lectures, which will be held in Lynch Auditorium at the University of Dallas,
1845 E. Northgate Dr. in Irving, Texas.
In addition to directing the NMP, Wilcox is an associate professor of sociology at
the University of Virginia, the institution that serves as the nonpartisan, nonsectarian
and interdisciplinary organizations current home. His research, which has been featured
in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, NBCs The Today Show and many
other media outlets, focuses on marriage, parenthood and cohabitation. More specifically,
it sheds light on the ways marriage, gender and culture influence the quality and
stability of family life in the United States and around the globe.
The Scherer Lecture honors the late Mary Scherer, daughter of Frank and Jean OBrien,
who are also parents of several UD students. APPI is a group of scholars from various
disciplines and universities that seeks to give natural law theory a more salient
expression in current scholarly and public discussions. The organization, which was
founded in 1989, moved to the University of Dallas in 2014.