The American Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded Martha C. Nussbaum the 2017 Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The award, named for the former University of Chicago president, is given to "a remarkable scholar whose work shapes our understanding of our intellectual pursuits and our interior lives."
The award was presented by Brown University Professor Paul Guyer, who introduced Nussbaum as "one of the most insightful and productive philosophers and scholars on our scene, and without question the most significant public intellectual that philosophy in America has produced in decades."
Nussbaum is the University of Chicago's Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law. In her acceptance remarks, which can be viewed above, she spoke about a philosophical approach to anger and fear. Other videos from the awards ceremony can be viewed on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' website.
Professor Martha C. Nussbaum (center) receives the award from Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the Academy, and Nancy C. Andrews, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Academy. Photograph by Martha Stewart for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.