I think my time is best spent writing books and articles, teaching my students, and interacting with my colleagues.
Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.
Umm…awesome? Oh, and she writes books too. Check out her interview about her new book in the Boston Review, here.
Martha Nussbaum: Teaching Patriotism
Schools teach patriotism all the time, but many people think that this is a bad idea. Patriotic rituals may convey misplaced and hierarchical values; they may coerce conscience; and they may promote a dangerous type of uncritical homogeneity. On the other hand, it seems difficult to motivate sacrifices of self-interest for the common good without patriotic emotion. Prof. Nussbaum argues that there is a way of negotiating these difficulties and teaching a type of patriotism that is rooted in good values, protective of conscience, and friendly to critical thinking and dissent.
I took a Human Rights class last quarter where we spent a lot of time reading this book by Martha Nussbaum. I loved it - the ideas, the approach to healthcare and human development, the fierceness of her writing. At the end of the quarter, I was walking to my English professors office to hand in a paper for another class, and I stopped. The office three doors down had a name on the door.
Martha Nussbaum - Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Law School, Philosophy Department, and Divinity School.
Um, awesome. Read more about her here.