Speech classes visit Rice University

Last month, the San Jacinto College South Campus Speech 1315 Public Speaking Honor’s students attended the Rice University President’s Lecture featuring Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum, world renowned philosopher and ethicist as well as Law Professor at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Nussbaum presented a lecture entitled: “Anger and Revolutionary Justice.” Nussbaum began her lecture with the Greek story of Athena and the Furies and concluded her lecture with the concept of transformational justice in which she gave examples from Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I have a dream speech,” Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. The trip was coordinated by Speech Honors Professor Cristina Doda Cárdenas and would not have been possible without the help of South Campus Speech Professor, Connie Duren, and Central Campus Honors Philosophy Professor, Thi Lam, who volunteered as drivers.  The group was joined at Rice University by other San Jacinto College philosophy students led by North Campus Honors Philosophy Professor, Edwin Aiman.  Students were able to ask questions and take a picture with Dr. Martha Nussbaum.  The students enjoyed Dr. Nussbaum’s explicit examples of what they had learned in class about Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech.” Dr. Nussbaum is known for several of her books but of special interest is “Not for Profit:  Why Democracy needs the Humanities.”

Photo of Professors:  Thi Lam, Connie Duren,  Ed Aiman, and Cristina Cárdenas.

Photo with Students:  Back Row L-R:  Akbal Gharib, Victoria De La Rosa, Honors Speech Professor Cristina Doda Cárdenas, Alexander Briones, Speaker Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum, Speech Professor Connie Duren, and Adam Cervantes. Front Row L-R:  Melissa Dickson and Alexandra Flores.

san jac professors at nussbaum event Feb 2015 Cardenas with students and Nussbaum