Professor Martha Nussbaum on Anger and Revolutionary Justice

5:00–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


UChicago Center in Delhi and UNESCO MGIEP hosted Third Distinguished Lecture on ‘Anger and Revolutionary Justice’ by Professor Martha Nussbaum from the University of Chicago.

Prof. Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is also an Associate Member in Classics, Divinity, and Political Science, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism, and a board member of the Human Rights Program.

Nussbaum received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty, she was a University Professor at Brown University. From 1986 to 1993 she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a branch of the United Nations University, where she worked with Amartya Sen to establish the Human Development (or “capabilities”) approach to the measurement of welfare. She and Sen are the two Founding Presidents of the international Human Development and Capability Association, which held its 2008 annual meeting in Delhi.

Her longstanding connection with India includes an appointment as Visiting Professor of Political Science at JNU, a consultancy with the UNDP-Delhi on gender and governance, and work on gender equality and law with The Lawyer’s Collective (Delhi). She is also an honorary Professor of the Institute for Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). Her book Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (2000), focuses on the struggle for gender equality in India.

Among her many books, the most recent are Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2007), Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality (2008) and From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Liberal Education and Democratic Citizenship (Princeton, 2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (Harvard, 2011), and Why Love Matters for Justice (2013). She has also edited numerous books, and is currently co-editing with Zoya Hasan of JNU a volume called Equalizing Access: Affirmative Action in Higher Education: India, US, and South Africa (OUP India) deriving from a conference on Affirmative Action and Higher Education co-sponsored by JNU and the University of Chicago.

The UNESCO MGIEP Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series invites speakers from among the world’s leading intellectuals and policymakers to spark transformative ideas for our shared future. In a world of unprecedented complexity, interdependence and opportunity to talk across boundaries, the discourse for the future will have to be led by the world’s brightest minds in dialogue with youth. These Lectures are expected to inspire a larger international dialogue on a more peaceful and sustainable world, built through better education, inclusive spaces, and global citizenship.