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Leading philosopher to discuss higher education, democracy
[11.19.2010]

TAMPA, Fla. -- Martha Nussbaum is widely considered one of America’s top philosophers and is coming to the University of South Florida to speak about her latest book, "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities."

Nussbaum will be speaking at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Traditions Hall, located in the Gibbons Alumni Center, as part of the USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series.

Her lecture will cover her thoughts on current democracy and education.

"Nations are stampeding toward an instrumental model of education, in which its sole purpose is to produce national economic growth," she said. "Alarmed at this narrowing of focus, and at the neglect of what education contributes to the future of democracy, I decided to write this new defense of the humanities."

Her education includes a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Currently, Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

The USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the USF Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Alumni, USF College of Arts and Sciences, USF Office of the Provost and the Mayor of Tampa. The aim of the series is to bring leading public intellectuals to USF and to Tampa to interact with students, faculty, staff and members of our community.



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