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DATE: March 22, 2004

Martha Nussbaum to discuss gender in April 2 lecture

DEARBORN---Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernest Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will present "Gender and Human Capabilities" from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 2 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as part of the Chancellor's winter lecture series.

Nussbaum is an internationally recognized philosopher who has made significant contributions to the fields of ancient philosophy, ethics, the study of emotions, and the ethical dimensions of economic development.

She will speak about the idea that people can measure economic development by the progress it creates in furthering the realization of human capabilities. Her work has shown that this set of ideas has special relevance to issues of gender justice throughout the developing world. Nussbaum's research indicates that when girls and women are denied access to health care, education and civic freedom, they are denied the opportunity to fully develop talents and capabilities that permit the full exercise of freedom.

Nussbaum's recent books include Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions and Women and Human Development. In addition to faculty appointments in several departments at the University of Chicago, she also is founder and coordinator of the university's Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.

Nussbaum, who earned a doctoral degree at Harvard University, has received numerous awards for teaching and research. She also is an honorary member of the Senior Common Room at St. Hugh's College at Oxford University.

For more information about the lecture, call the Chancellor's Office at (313) 593-5330.

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