Renowned Scholar Martha Nussbaum Discusses Same-Sex Marriage in Inaugural Teitelbaum Lecture, Jan 27

Can a society dedicated to equal treatment and justice for all tolerate unfounded discrimination in marriage?  That’s the question University of Chicago scholar Martha Nussbaum will address in the Inaugural Lee Teitelbaum Distinguished Lecture in Family Law, which will be held Friday, January 27, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.  The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, titled “Same-Sex Marriage: Beyond the Politics of Disgust,” Nussbaum will discuss issues ranging from the meaning, practice, and constitutional status of marriage to the bans on same-sex marriage.  She will suggest that some arguments against same-sex marriage rest on a “politics of disgust,” and ask that we stop viewing same-sex marriage as a source of taint or defilement to the institution of marriage.

Nussbaum’s lecture will be followed by comments from Deen Chatterjee, from the University of Utah Department of Philosophy and Clifford Rosky, from the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

“We are honored to welcome Martha Nussbaum to deliver the Teitelbaum Lecture,” said Hiram Chodosh, dean of the College of Law. “In the spirit of the late Lee Teitelbaum, a much beloved and thought-provoking teacher, scholar, and dean, the lecture promises to be timely, engaging, and provocative. Regardless of any particular perspective on the issues that Professor Nussbaum will explore, her lecture is sure to raise significant constitutional, social, and public policy questions.”

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Law School, Philosophy Department, and Divinity School. She received her B.A. from NYU and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. She has received over 40 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Nussbaum’s books in philosophy, law, education, gender studies, and other related areas are among the most important and influential publications in these fields.

The Inaugural Teitelbaum Distinguished Lecture will take place Friday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the University of Utah S.J. College of Law’s Sutherland Moot Courtroom.  The event is free and open to the public, with no pre-registration required. Following Nussbaum’s lecture, there will be a public reception from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the foyer outside the courtroom.  One hour CLE (application pending) available.  Free parking available in the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot. 

The lecture will be Webcast. Viewers may also submit questions on-line.