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Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities | A Talk by Celebrated Philosopher Martha Nussbaum

Date: 03/07/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 100 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free



This special UMN Imagine Fund event brings to the Twin Cities campus celebrated philosopher and author Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law & Ethics, University of Chicago.


Nussbaum, the author of many influential books and a distinguished professor of law and philosophy, makes a passionate case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education.

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.


"Nussbaum . . . brings to this perennial [education] debate an impassioned urgency . . . and broad erudition. . . . " --Mick Sussman, New York Times Book Review, reviewing Nussbaum's book Not For Profit


Celebrated scholar and public intellectual Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the law school and philosophy department at the University of Chicago, with associate appointments in classics, divinity, and political science. Her recent publications include The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011), Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), and From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010). Her newest book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, will be published in spring 2013.


Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy through a grant from the UMN Imagine Fund—supporting projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota.


  • Name: Elizabeth Duykers
  • E-mail: edd@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-0051
  • Sponsored by: Dept. of Philosophy/UMN Imagine Fund


Church Street Garage, 80 Church Street SE. Directly across the street from Rapson Hall. Both disability and short-term parking. Enter on Church Street from University Avenue. 
www1.umn.edu/pts/park/facilities/churchramp.html. For rates and maps of other transportation and parking options, please visit www1.umn.edu/pts/.

Disability Options:

Rapson Hall is an accessible building. A ramped entrance is located on the west side of the building, just south of the main entrance between Rapson Hall and the Civil Engineering building. To request disability accommodations, please contact Elizabeth Duykers, Imagine Fund, edd@umn.edu, 612-625-0051.

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