As part of the 2013-2014 "The Heart of the Liberal Arts: Humanities in the Liberal Arts College" speaker series at Pomona College, philosopher Martha Nussbaum will deliver a talk titled "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities," on Friday, Jan. 31 at 4:15 p.m., in Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).
Nussbaum, who has taught at Harvard, Brown and Oxford universities, is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed to the philosophy and law school departments. She was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, part of the United Nations University. A past president of the American Philosophical Association, she has chaired the committees on international cooperation, the status of women and public philosophy.
Nussbaum has penned many books, including the prize-winning books Sex and Social Justice and Hiding from Humanity. Among numerous awards, she has received the 2012 Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences and the 2010 Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Nussbaum has received honorary degrees from more than 40 colleges and universities around the world.
"The Heart of the Liberal Arts" lectures are funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, bringing prominent national speakers from various disciplines to campus to explore the changing role and the continuing importance of the humanities in the context of a liberal arts education. For a full schedule, visit our news article on the speaker series.