On Monday, 9/16, at 3:30pm, in room 329, in the University Center, Professor Martha Nussbaum will give a talk on “The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear.” Professor Nussbaum will have a student discussion on Tuesday, 9/17, at 10am, in the Black Cultural Center.
Since the events of 9/11, the Muslim community has been stigmatized for the horrific events of that day. Today there are approximately 2.7 million Muslims in the United States. The American Muslim population is expected to increase in the next two decades. Many of these families have been here for generations, and they are the pillars of their communities. Thinking individuals know we cannot blame a community for the actions of a minority. Yet, it is often difficult to see one’s way to such truth. Martha Nussbaum provides a rational and morally appropriate prescription to allay the anxieties and prejudices against the Muslim population during this tumultuous decade. Professor Nussbaum advocates “equal respect for human dignity,” “principled consistency and self-examination,” and an “active, curious imagination” which is accepting of different religious perspectives. Her talk will provide an ethical roadmap for understanding and confronting the roots of such hatred.
Nussbaum holds appointments in the University of Chicago Law School and Department of Philosophy, as well as associate appointments in the Divinity School, and the departments of Classics and Political Science. Her interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism and ethics, including animal rights. She previously taught at Oxford, Brown and Harvard Universities. Having served on the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Council of Learned Societies, Professor Nussbaum is presently a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a board member of the Human Rights Program. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates conferred by over 40 national and international universities. Dr. Nussbaum is the author of, among many other publications, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (to be published in 2013), The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011).