After her lecture, Nussbaum answered several questions from the large audience and continued to discuss ideas raised during her talk. The lecture was followed with a reception in the lobby of the Casa Italiana.
Nussbaum, who 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.
Her lecture will be printed in the journal Daedelus.
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.