GREENVILLE, S.C.—Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will speak on the Furman University campus Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in the University Center’s Watkins Room.
Her talk, “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs Liberal Education,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Furman’s Department of Political Science, and is part of the 2011 Tocqueville Lecture Series on liberal education and liberal democracy.
Nussbaum, the first speaker in the series, will be followed by Thomas L. Pangle (March 23) and Mark Bauerlein (April 13).
In addition to holding appointments in the philosophy department and the law and divinity schools at the University of Chicago, Nussbaum is an associate in the classics and political science departments. She is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. Nussbaum is founder and coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.
Nussbaum received her bachelor’s from NYU and her master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown and Oxford Universities. From 1986 to 1993, Nussbaum served as research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University.
She received the Brandeis Creative Arts Award in Non-Fiction for 1990, and the PEN Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the best collection of essays in 1991. Cultivating Humanity won the Ness Book Award of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 1998, and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2002. Sex and Social Justice won the book award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy in 2000. Hiding From Humanity won the Association of American University Publishers Professional and Scholarly Book Award for Law in 2004. She has received honorary degrees from 37 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Each year, the Tocqueville Program sponsors a course and brings prominent intellectuals to campus with the aim of encouraging serious and open engagement with the moral questions at the heart of political life. This year’s theme is “Liberal Education and Liberal Democracy.”
The program is named for Alexis de Tocqueville, widely known as the greatest student of modern democracy.
For more information about the event, contact Paige Blankenship at 864-294-3547 or email@example.com.