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Civil Discourse: The Future of Division I College Athletics: Sexual Assault and Academic Corruption with George F. Will and Martha C. Nussbaum

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Myron Taylor Hall, Landis Auditorium
Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

A conversation with George F. Will, columnist at the Washington Post; and Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Huyghue, Visiting Professor of the Practice, Cornell Law School.  

A limited number of in-person seats are available to members of the Cornell community. To reserve a general admission ticket, email; a valid Cornell University ID will be required for entry. 

The event can also be attended virtually by faculty, students and staff. Register for the webinar; Cornell NetID is required.

The Peter ’69 and Marilyn ’69 Coors Conversation Series provides the Ithaca campus community with a forum for intellectual discourse on difficult yet timely issues facing the nation. The series aims to foster greater understanding across differences by bringing together speakers with a range of political viewpoints.

George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today, it appears twice weekly in approximately 500 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In addition, he currently serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011.

In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man's America. In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010, as a 20th Anniversary special edition with a new introduction (paperback). In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on baseball. His new book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.

For 32 years, beginning as a founding member in 1981, he was a panelist on ABC television's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has taught Political Philosophy at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of  National Review magazine. Today, Will lives and works in Washington.

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. She is 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.

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.From1999 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 sixty-four colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Among her awards are the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016), the Don M. Randel Prize for Achievement in the Humanities from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018), the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture (2018), and the Holberg Prize (2021).

Her many published books include From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis (2018), and The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal (2019). Her new book, Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation, was published in spring 2021, and she is currently working on a book on justice for non-human animals. She has also edited twenty-one books and published over 450 articles.

Nussbaum received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. 

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