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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum To Present Two Lectures At U.Va.

March 7, 2000 -- Martha Nussbaum, professor of ethics and law at the University of Chicago and one of the country’s most influential philosophers and classicists, will present two lectures at the University of Virginia this month.

At 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in 126 Withers-Brown Hall at the School of Law, she will speak on "In Defense of Universal Values."

At 1 p.m. Friday, March 24, in Minor Hall Auditorium, she will present a lecture titled "‘Secret Sewers of Vice’: Disgust, Bodies, and the Law."

Nussbaum, who draws on Aristotle and other Greek philosophers, is the author of numerous influential books including "Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education," published in 1998 by Harvard University Press. She presents a carefully reasoned answer to attacks on multicultural studies and argues that contemporary curricular reform, with such subject areas as gender, minority, non-Western, and gay studies, promotes world citizenship and understanding.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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