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Melissa Lane to Lecture at Washington and Lee University for The Ethics for Citizenship Series

— by on September 30th, 2015

Melissa S. Lane, the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Lane will speak on “The Democratic Ethics of Communicating Climate Change: Insights from Aristotle.”

Her talk is part of the year-long series on The Ethics of Citizenship and is sponsored by W&L’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics. For more information about this series, see: http://www.wlu.edu/mudd-center/programs-and-events/2015-2016-the-ethics-of-citizenship.

Lane is also an associated faculty member in the departments of classics and philosophy. Prior to joining Princeton, she was a senior research fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and associate director of the Centre from History and Economics at King’s College.

Recent publications include “The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter” (2015) and “Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue and Sustainable Living” (2012).

Lane is co-convener of Princeton Climate Futures based at the Princeton Environmental Institute. She was previously co-convener of Communicating Uncertainly: Science, Institutions and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

She was named a 2012 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for a project on The Rule of Knowledge: Platonic Psychology and Politics. While on leave from Princeton in 2012–13, she was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Lane received her A.B. in social studies from Harvard University and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Cambridge.

The Mudd Center was established in 2010 through a gift to the university from award-winning journalist Roger Mudd, a 1950 graduate of W&L. When he made his gift, Mudd said that “given the state of ethics in our current culture, this seems a fitting time to endow a center for the study of ethics, and my university is the fitting home.”