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First Annual Scherer Lecture to Focus on Marriage as 'Best Path to Happiness'

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.