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Author and Scholar Martha Nussbaum to Speak on “Anger and Revolutionary Justice”

Author and scholar Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will give a public talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel.

The title of Nussbaum’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.”

Her talk is part of the 2014-2015: Race and Justice in America and is sponsored by the W&L’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. For more information about this series, please visit: www.wlu.edu/mudd-center.

Nussbaum is an associate in the University of Chicago’s Classics Department, the Divinity School and the Political Science Department, a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a board member of the Human Rights Program.

From 1986 to 1993, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women and the Committee for Public Philosophy. In 1999-2000 she was one of the three presidents of the association.

Nussbaum has been a member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. She has received honorary degrees from over 40 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Africa and Europe.

She received the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, the Radcliffe Alumnae Recognition Award and the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland.

She has won the A.SK award from the German Social Science Research Council (WZB) for her contributions to social system reform and the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence when she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences.

Nussbaum is the author of 20 books, including “Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice” (Harvard, 2013); “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age” (2012); and “Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality” (2008). She has also edited fifteen books.

Nussbaum received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University and Oxford University.