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Can We Learn From Past Mistakes?

Prominent philosopher Michele Moody-Adams will discuss “Arguing with the Past: The Uses of History in Moral Reflection” for the annual Ann Palmeri Lecture. The Cornell University philosophy professor’s talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the Fisher Center, room 212 of Demarest Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Moody-Adams has been published extensively on a wide range of topics including moral relativism, social justice and feminism. Her research and teaching center on a variety of issues in ethical theory, the history of ethics, political philosophy, practical ethics, the philosophy of law and the history of philosophy. She has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

She is the author of “Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy,” and she serves on the board of several scholarly journals including Public Affairs Quarterly.

Currently the director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life at Cornell University, Moody-Adams had also been on the faculty at Indiana University, University of Rochester, Wellesley College and Harvard University. She has given more than 50 lectures at various universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rutgers and Skidmore.

The lecture, co-sponsored by the philosophy department, the women's studies program and the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, is given in memory of Ann Palmeri, a feminist philosopher who taught at the Colleges in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and who died tragically at a young age.