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Adams Symposium: Martha C. Nussbaum

April 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


nussbaum-1Martha Nussbaum will give a lecture on justice and public life on Friday, April 21 as part of the First Annual Maynard Adams Symposium on the Humanities, a new initiative to bring scholars and the general public into dialogue on issues important to living in a “Society fit for Human Beings” in honor of the distinguished UNC philosopher Maynard Adams (1919-2003).

This first “Adams Symposium” will feature a keynote address by Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago and the recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy—which is often called the “Nobel Prize” of philosophy.

Professor Nussbaum is a prominent advocate for the essential role of the humanities in democratic societies and an expert on the connections between human emotions, philosophical traditions, and social justice. She is thus an ideal speaker to launch a new Symposium that honors one of Carolina’s leading proponents of humanistic knowledge and the enduring quest for a more humane world.

The 2017 Adams Symposium focuses on the power of anger and resentment in our private lives and public conflicts.  Why do people respond to injustices and betrayals with intense desires for “payback” or for the “status reduction” of wrongdoers?  Do such responses help or impede the development of better personal relationships and social justice?  How can anger be transformed into constructive transitions that serve future well-being rather than endless cycles of retribution and payback?  How do emotions affect our definitions of truth and justice?

These questions shape Professor Nussbaum’s influential analysis of human emotions; and they provide a framework for her lecture and for panel discussions in which UNC colleagues will respond to Professor Nussbaum’s ideas. Join the conversation as we examine the power of emotions and the creative transformation of anger in our private lives and public cultures.

On April 22, the symposium will continue for panel sessions.

To register for the April 21st event, complete this Google registration form.


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