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2010 Levin Family Dean’s Forum
March 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 25

A Celebration of Intellectual Excellence

Dr. Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago will speak on the “The Politics of Disgust” on Thursday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. This program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Nussbaum is considered one of the world’s foremost philosophers, applying her influential voice to such areas as cognition and emotions, feminism, democracy, religion and education. She is the author of several award-winning publications, including Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education, Sex and Social Justice and Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law. Her most recent book, From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law, investigates how the notion of disgust has driven both civil legislation and public opinion supporting discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens.

Dr. Nussbaum has served as a member of the American Philosophical Association’s National Board and, from 1999 to 2000, was one of its three presidents. Currently, she chairs the Association’s new Committee for Public Philosophy. Among her many honors are the A.SK Award from the German Social Science Research Council for her contributions to “social system reform” and the American Philosophical Society’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in Jurisprudence.

The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his son Eric T. Levin, C’92.

Almanac - March 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 25