Professor Martha Nussbaum will present the 2008 Ryerson Lecture on “Equal Respect for Conscience: The Roots of a Moral and Legal Tradition” on Wednesday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the International House. Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty, she was a University Professor at Brown University. From 1986 to 1993 she was a research adviser at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a branch of the United Nations University. She is former President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association; she has chaired the Association’s Committee on International Cooperation and Committee on the Status of Women and currently chairs its Committee on Public Philosophy. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in classical philology. Among her many books, the most recent are Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (2000), Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001), Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), and Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006).
She has edited numerous books, including Quality of Life (with Amartya Sen); Women, Culture, and Development (with Jonathan Glover), Sexual Orientation and Human Rights in American Religious Traditions (with Saul Olyan), and Animal Rights (with Cass Sunstein).