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Last modified: Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Celebrated scholar in law and ethics to present Harris Lecture at IUB

Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will give the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington's annual Harris Lecture at noon on Friday (Nov. 14) in the school's Moot Court Room (Room 123).

Nussbaum will speak on the subject, "Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Global Justice."

Nussbaum is a widely published and globally celebrated scholar in law, philosophy and political science. She is the author of numerous books, including Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Women and Human Development (2000) and Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001).

At the University of Chicago, Nussbaum holds positions in the philosophy department, law school and divinity school and is an associate professor in the classics department and the political science department. She is the founder and coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism and a former chair of the Committee on International Cooperation. For her groundbreaking and prolific scholarship, she has been awarded 22 honorary degrees from universities and colleges in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Established in 1946 by a trust from the bequest of India Crago Harris in the name of her husband, Addison C. Harris, the Harris Lecture Series brings prominent scholars to the law school every year. Past Harris lecturers have included Owen Fiss, Jules Coleman, Guido Calabresi, Lawrence Tribe, Robert Bork and Derrick Bell.