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Martha Nussbaum gives the inaugural Paul O. Kristeller Lecture

"Compassion and Terror"

Prof. Nussbaum's talk, "Compassion and Terror," begins with the story of the fall of Troy as recounted in the play "The Trojan Women," presented to citizens in Athens six hundred years after the historic event. She conveys the ethical and moral dilemma for individuals and societies when faced with terror, and the necessity for compassion. She discusses compassion for the victims of the terror of September 11th, 2001, as the basis for individual and collective responses in the aftermath of the events.

The lecture will be printed in the journal "Daedalus": Martha Nussbaum, "Compassion and Terror," 132 Daedalus 10 (2003).

Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago Law School, holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard and has been awarded 18 honorary degrees, was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University from 1986 to 1993. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities and is the author of a number of articles and books, including the award-winning Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education and Sex and Social Justice.

Paul Oskar Kristeller (1905-99), Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, was the world's leading historian of Renaissance philosophy. Proceeds from the Paul Oskar Kristeller Endowment to the University Libraries were designated by the donor for the acquisition of Western books and manuscripts for the Libraries and for the support of occasional lectures panels, and scholarly programs.

Co-sponsor: Columbia University Libraries