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2019-20 Killeen Chair Lecture Series to Feature Martha Nussbaum

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From , September 4, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, (920) 403-3089

The Killeen Chair of Theology & Philosophy Lecture Series at St. Norbert College has released its lineup for 2019-20. The theme will be “Must We Speak? Civic Responsibility in Times of Polarization.” Each lecture is free, open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. on the St. Norbert College campus. Esteemed philosopher Martha Nussbaum is set to present the lecture “Crucified by the War Machine: Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Bodies, and the Hope of Reconciliation” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts at St. Norbert College.

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she is jointly appointed in the law school and the philosophy department. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. Nussbaum has previously taught at Brown, Oxford and Harvard universities and has received honorary degrees from 63 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women and the Committee for
Public Philosophy. She has written more than 20 books and has published more than 450 articles. Among her awards are the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy and the 2018 Berggruen Prize.

The remaining Killeen Chair Lecture Series lineup is as follows: Carrie Tirado Bramen, director of the UB Gender Institute at the University of Buffalo, on Thursday, Sept. 19; John Corvino, dean of Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University, on Thursday, Feb. 20; and MT Dávila, religious and theological studies lecturer at Merrimack College, on Thursday, March 26. The lectures will take place in the Fort Howard Theater in the F. K. Bemis International Center.
Established in 1984, the Killeen Chair of Theology & Philosophy stresses the importance of theology and philosophy in a Catholic liberal arts education, highlighting the commitment of St. Norbert College to provide an education that is personally, intellectually and spiritually challenging. Named after Abbot Sylvester Michael Killeen, O.Praem., chancellor of the college from 1967 to 1970, the Killeen Chair provides a fuller understanding of theological and philosophical issues by bringing scholars to campus in fields ranging from biology and psychology to economics and political science.

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