Colleges host philosopher of education and feminist ethics
(March 17, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–Philosopher Nel Noddings will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges to give the Boswell Lecture in philosophy. Her talk, which will address the question “Is Global Citizenship Possible?” will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith library on the Colleges campus. Her talk is free and the public is invited to attend.
Prior to the lecture, she will conduct a faculty seminar, titled “Caring and Social Policy.” Noddings has been for many years a major contributor to feminist ethics, philosophy of education, and social philosophy.
The Lee Jacks Professor of Child Education Emerita at Stanford University, Noddings is currently president of the National Academy of Education. She has received the Medal for Distinguished Service from Columbia University Teachers College; the Anne Roe Award for Contributions to the Professional Development of Women from Harvard University; and the Willystine Goodsell Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Noddings is the author of eight books on ethics and education, including “Educating Citizens for Global Awareness,” “Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education,” “The Challenge to Care in Schools;” and “Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy.” She received her B.A. from Montclair State College, her M.A. from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
The Boswell Distinguished Visiting Philosopher series is sponsored by the Philosophy Department's Boswell Memorial Fund. Foster P. Boswell, whose bequest endowed the fund, graduated from Hobart in 1901, and then returned to teach philosophy, psychology, and education at Hobart and William Smith from 1908 until 1949. The lecture series is meant to be of special interest to undergraduates and others who are not professional philosophers.