MEDIA ADVISORY: More or Less?: Two Population Experts Present Conflicting Accounts of Family Planning at Wilson Center

Matthew Connelly, Robert Engelman Discuss History of Population, Family Planning

Apr 22, 2008

WASHINGTON—Two new books examine the history of population programs but arrive at different conclusions. Matthew Connelly's Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population focuses on the family planning movement's missteps since its origins and calls for a renewed commitment to the reproductive rights of all people. Robert Engelman's More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want instead explores the roots of women's desire for smaller families, and argues that efforts to support that desire will not only improve their lives, but also the environment we all live in.

On April 22, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Columbia University Professor Matthew Connelly and Robert Engelman of the Worldwatch Institute will introduce their books. Both books will be on sale at the event, which will be followed by a reception. Click here to RSVP to the event or watch the live webcast.

This meeting is the fourth event in ECSP's year-long meeting series "PHE: Building the Foundation for the Next 10 Years," which takes a long-range, systematic look at population-health-environment issues, case studies, research, and the future of the field.

What: More or Less?: Two Accounts of Population and Family Planning

Who: Matthew Connelly, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs, Worldwatch Institute

When: Tuesday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., reception to follow

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Erin Mosely at erin.mosely@wilsoncenter.org or (202) 691-4266.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Since 1994, the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.

Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
  • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
  • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
  • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar