UC Berkeley News


Additional Constitution Day events

| 06 September 2006

University of Chicago scholar Martha Nussbaum will deliver the annual Foerster Lecture on the Immortality of the Soul on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4:10 p.m. in the Chevron Auditorium, International House.

Her lecture is titled "Equal Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams and the Roots of a Constitutional Tradition." Williams, a 17th-century Anglo-American theologian, was a proponent of the separation of church and state.

Nussbaum, who works within the fields of philosophy, law, classics, and political science, has described the issues that engage her as "a unity of problems" that are all at root philosophical problems, but with implications for various other disciplines.

The Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, Nussbaum holds appointments there in philosophy, law, and divinity. She also is the founder and coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism.

For information, visit www.grad.berkeley.edu/lectures/foerster.

Also on Sept. 13, the Free Speech Movement Café will host a panel to address the impact of post-9/11 changes in national-security law, policy, and climate upon constitutionally protected freedoms of inquiry. Participating in "National Security and Intellectual Freedom: A Panel Discussion" will be Michael Nacht, a national-security scholar and dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy; Tom Campbell, dean of the Haas School of Business and a former California state senator and U.S. representative; and Tom Goldstein, professor in the Graduate School of Journalism and director of Berkeley's Mass Communications Program. University Librarian and J-School faculty member Tom Leonard will moderate.

The panel will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. The Free Speech Movement Café is inside the front entrance of Moffitt Undergraduate Library.