November 13, 2019 (REVISED November 21, 2019) Conversation with Martha Nussbaum at the Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence

Press Contact: Brett Zongker (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Donna Sokol (202) 707-8929
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or

NOTE: This event has been canceled.

The Law Library of Congress will present a conversation with philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum for the 2019 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Mumford Room of the Library of Congress, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building. The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and there may be special restrictions.

Brian Butler, professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina Asheville, will interview Nussbaum on “Philosophy and Life: Fragility, Emotions, Capabilities.” A question-and-answer period will follow.

Nussbaum is the first woman to be the featured speaker for the Kellogg Lecture, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

About Martha Nussbaum

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago where she is also an associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program.

Her most recent book is “The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal,” published this year. She has written 20 other books, edited 21 books and published more than 450 articles.

Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy. From 1999 to 2000, she was one of the three Presidents of the Association, delivering the Presidential Address in the Central Division. She has received honorary degrees from 63 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. She is an academician in the Academy of Finland, a fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among her awards are the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, the American Philosophical Association's Philip Quinn Prize, the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, the Don M. Randel Prize for Achievement in the Humanities from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture.

About the Kellogg Lecture Series

The Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence presents the most distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. Previous Kellogg Lecturers have been Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz, Amartya Sen, Michael Sandel, and Jeremy Waldron.

The series is endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg.

Frederic Rogers Kellogg was born in Boston and attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney and later as an adviser to Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson during the Watergate crisis. He later earned a doctorate in jurisprudence at the George Washington University and published two books on Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. A former Fulbright Senior Scholar in Poland and Brazil, and Sir Neil MacCormick Fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, he is currently a visiting professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Molly Shulman Kellogg was born in Dallas and grew up in Kilgore. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963 and moved to Washington, D.C., where she served for 30 years as executive assistant to Congressman J.J. “Jake” Pickle of Austin. She serves on the board of the General Henry Knox Museum in Thomaston, Maine.

About the Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress was founded in 1832 with the mission to make its resources available to members of Congress, the Supreme Court, other branches of the U.S. government and the global legal community, and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of law for future generations. With more than 2.9 million volumes, the Law Library contains the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of law books and other resources from all countries and provides online databases and guides to legal information worldwide through its website at

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States – and extensive materials from around the world – both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at, and register creative works of authorship at


PR 19-108
ISSN 0731-3527