Early next month the multi-talented scholar Martha Nussbaum (dual appointment in the University of Chicago’s law school and philosophy department) will be in town speaking on the importance of the liberal arts for American society — Thursday, March 7th, 7pm, at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus. Her talk (“Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities” — also the title of her recent book on this subject) is free and open to the public.
From the summary at the U of M event page:
Drawing on stories of troubling–and hopeful–educational developments around the globe, Nussbaum argues that a shortsighted focus on profitable skills threatens to erode our ability to criticize authority, reduce our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damage our competence to deal with complex global problems.
This lecture, reflecting ideas Nussbaum advanced in an acclaimed book of the same title, offers a timely and provocative call for reconnecting education to the humanities—ensuring that students have the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their communities and the world.