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February 20, 1996

Noted Scholars To Assess Plato's "Republic" and "The Federalist" in Lecture Series That Examines Books That Influenced Western Thought

Martha Craven Nussbaum, a classical scholar who teaches law and ethics at the University of Chicago, will lecture on the impact of Plato's Republic on March 6 at the Library of Congress. Two weeks later, on March 21, Bernard Bailyn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and professor emeritus at Harvard University, will examine The Federalist.

The lectures are part of a series on works that "have mattered to Western citizenship, statecraft and public policy," sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library, and funded by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Based in Milwaukee, the Bradley Foundation supports projects that help create a renewed and vigorous sense of citizenship among Americans.

Before her 1995 appointment at the University of Chicago, Dr. Nussbaum taught philosophy, classics and comparative literature at Brown University. She is the author of seven books, including Poetic Justice (1996), The Therapy of Desire (1994) and Love's Knowledge (1990). Among her more than 100 articles are "Two Conceptions of Emotion in Criminal Law" and "Platonic Love and Colorado Law: The Relevance of Ancient Greek Norms in Modern Sexual Controversies." She has appeared on the BBC-TV series "The Great Philosophers" and PBS-TV's "World of Ideas."

Dr. Bailyn, who has taught at Harvard University since 1949, is an authority on early American history, the American Revolution and the pre-industrial Anglo-American world. He has written more than 10 books and co-authored several others. His 1967 work, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes, and his 1986 book, Voyagers to the West, won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in history and the Saloutos Award of the Immigration History Society.

Two other lectures in this series will be in May and June.

The schedule of this Bradley Foundation lecture series is:

March 6
8 p.m.
Plato's Republic
Martha Nussbaum, professor, University of Chicago
West Dining Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building
March 21
2 p.m.
The Federalist
Bernard Bailyn, professor emeritus, Harvard University
Northwest Pavilion, second floor of the Great Hall, Jefferson Building
May 9
11 a.m.
Karl von Clausewitz's On War
Sir Michael Howard, professor emeritus, Yale University
Mumford Room, sixth floor of the Madison Building
June 19
11 a.m.
Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations
James Buchanan, professor emeritus, George Mason University
Pickford Theater, third floor of the Madison Building

The lectures are free and open to the public. The Madison Building is located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E.; the Jefferson Building is adjacent to the Madison, at 10 First St. S.E. Both buildings are close to the Capitol South station, Metrorail blue and orange lines.

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PR 96-28
2/20/96
ISSN 0731-3527

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