Why Democracy Needs the Humanities – A presentation by Dr. Nussbaum

Dear Students & Parents,

This Thursday the University of Miami is welcoming world-renowned humanities professor, author, and activist, Martha Nussbaum to their campus. Described as one of “America’s most prolific and prominent public intellectuals” by the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Nussbaum, a scholar of Law, Philosophy, Political Science, and the Classics will present “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.”

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities and has received honorary degrees from thirty-seven colleges and universities in the U. S., Canada, Asia, and Europe According to Nussbaum education in the U.S. has gone off course, and that the shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. In Not for Profit, Nussbaum argues that we must resist efforts to reduce education to a tool of the gross national product. Rather, we must work to reconnect education to the humanities in order to give students the capacity to be true democratic citizens of their countries and the world.

Given the incredible contributions made by Dr. Nussbaum and the fact that our students have been given a one-of-a-kind and stimulating opportunity to expand their knowledge, viewpoints, and intellectual curiosity through our unique philosophy program, we cordially invite and strongly encourage all Upper Conservatory students to join many of A.U.C.’s faculty for this presentation to be held in the Storer Auditorium at 7:00 PM this February 10.

Admission is free to the public, but registration is REQUIRED 

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a very interesting night!


Dr. Xerohemona, Philosophy Program Advisor

Jillian D’Alessio, Philosophy Department

Lisa Ibarra-Rivera, College Counselor

Why Democracy Needs the Humanities A presentation by Dr. Nussbaum