Universities eloquently proclaim the advantages of education for creating responsible citizens, but their rhetoric is often better than the outcome. All too often, little attention is paid to what education is for and what it should consist of. What should today's students know in preparation for common citizenship in a pluralistic world? What is the role of the humanities in that preparation? Join us for a conversation with two leading public intellectuals about the role of liberal education in promoting civic virtue, as well as about its uncertain future in a complex and technologically demanding world.ANDREW DELBANCO, Director of American Studies, Columbia University
Andrew Delbanco is Director of American Studies and, since 1995, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Winner of the 2006 Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, he is author of many highly acclaimed books, including Melville: His World and Work (2005), The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope (1999), and Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997). His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Raritan, and other journals on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America's Best Social Critic.”
MARTHA NUSSBAUM, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
Martha Nussbaum holds appointments in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, Co-Chair of the Human Rights Program, and the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism. Her publications include The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986), Love's Knowledge (1990), The Therapy of Desire (1994), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Women and Human Development (2000), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (2007), and Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality (2008). She is currently writing on sexual orientation and constitutional law, patriotism, and the relation of liberal education to democratic citizenship.
DEBRA SATZ (moderator), Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society
and Director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford
Debra Satz is known for her leadership of the undergraduate Program in Ethics in Society and, in 2008, became director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. She teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of the social sciences, and is the recipient of the Walter J. Gore Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford's highest teaching award. Her research has focused on the ethical limits of markets, the place of equality in political philosophy, theories of rational choice, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, and issues of international justice. Her book, The Moral Limits of Markets, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.