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Offer: The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World

Please join the Environmental Change and Security Program for a
discussion of

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World


Michelle Goldberg, Journalist and Author

Carol Peasley, President and CEO, Centre for Development and Population
Activities (discussant)

Thursday, June 25, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

In her new book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future
of the World, investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling
author Michelle Goldberg explores the global battles surrounding
women’s reproductive rights over the last half century. According
to Goldberg, women’s fertility is not only a controversial issue in
its own right, but also a proxy for other ideological struggles. She
argues that empowering women is key to addressing a variety of issues,
including environmental degradation, food insecurity, water scarcity,
global health challenges, skewed gender ratios, poverty, and both
population growth and decline.

Michelle Goldberg is a journalist and author based in New York. Her
book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World
won last year's J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. She is also the
author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, a finalist
for the 2007 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for
Excellence in Journalism. She is a senior correspondent for The American
Prospect and a contributing editor at Religion Dispatches, and her work
has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, Slate,, The Los
Angeles Times, and many other publications in the United States and

Carol Peasley is the president and CEO of the Centre for Development
and Population Activities (CEDPA). Previously, she served for more than
30 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),
achieving the rank of Career Minister. She held senior positions in
Washington and overseas, including as USAID Mission Director in both
Malawi and the Russian Federation, and as counselor to the Agency and
senior deputy assistant administrator for Africa in Washington. She has
served on the board of ShoreBank International and Opportunities
Industrialization Centers International, and worked as a senior advisor
at the Financial Services Volunteer Corps.

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