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Nussbaum to deliver URI's Distinguished
Scholar lecture on March 2

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 23, 2000 -- Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum, named the 1999 University of Rhode Island Foundation Distinguished Scholar, will speak on "Duties of Justice, Duties of Material Aid: Cicero's Problematic Legacy" on Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be in the Barry Marks Auditorium, Room 271 of Chaffee Hall on the University's Kingston Campus. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. Nussbaum's visit is sponsored by the URI Foundation, the Honors Program, and the Honors and Visiting Scholars Committee.

Nussbaum, an accomplished scholar, speaker, and author, is an Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She also holds appointments in the Law School, the Philosophy Department, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

Educated at Wellesly College and New York University, Nussbaum received her master's degree and her doctorate from Harvard University. In addition to her present teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Nussbaum has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford, among others. As a research adviser, she worked for seven years at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University.

Nussbaum has published many books, including Sex and Social Justice; Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education; For Love of Country: A Debate on Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism; and Poetic Justice: the Literary Imagination and Public Life. Her latest book, Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach is due out shortly, and she is working on two other books, Upheavals of Thought: A Theory of the Emotions and Feminist Internationalism.

Nussbaum is vice president, and future president, of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association; a member of the association's national board; and former chair of Committees on International Cooperation and the Status of Women. She 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.

Nussbaum has received numerous awards including the Brandeis Creative Arts Award for Non-Fiction, and the PEN Spielvogel-Diamondstein Award for the best collection of essays. Nussbaum recently won the Philosophical Dialogues Competition sponsored by the European Humanities Research Center at Oxford for her dialogue, "Emotions as Judgments as Value." She has received honorary degrees from eight colleges and universities, including Williams College, St. Andrews University, and the University of Toronto.


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