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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum to Deliver Cooper Union Commencement Address

NEW YORK—Dr. Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freud Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 2018 commencement address at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. At the University of Chicago, she is also an associate in classics and political science departments and the Divinity School, a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. 

In 2018, Dr. Nussbaum was recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Don M. Randel Award for Achievement in the Humanities; other recent awards include the American Philosophical Association’s Philip Quinn Prize and the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. In 2017, she delivered the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the highest federal honor for work in the humanities.

“I’ve long admired the values of inclusion, justice, and excellence for which the Cooper Union stands, and it will be a great pleasure to address the many superb and dedicated graduates,” Dr. Nussbaum said. “I’m excited and deeply honored to be this year’s commencement speaker.”

Of the announcement, Cooper Union president Laura Sparks said, “Dr. Nussbaum is a scholar whose writings about the good of humanity, morality, and citizenship are powerful examples for our students as they embark on their next stage of life. Our current political landscape has been fraught, leading to unprecedented calls for social action and change. Dr. Nussbaum’s ethical look at the roles of anger and forgiveness in politics and her ideas for anger’s productive uses through thoughtful protest, social action, and healthy debate are important messages for everyone.”

April 13, 2018