When is it ethical to be angry? Can a just society dispense justice and forgiveness in equal measure? On September 21, philosopher Martha Nussbaum urged the university community to rethink anger in a provocative speech that opened this year’s Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker series, sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute. In her colloquium address, co-sponsored in partnership with the UC Davis Forums (formerly the Provost’s Forums) and the UC Davis Law School, Nussbaum called for a new spirit of generosity and patience that she termed “revolutionary justice.” Drawing on her recently published book Anger and Forgiveness (Oxford University Press, 2016), Nussbaum explored forgiveness as practiced by civil-rights icons Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. (Read more about Nussbaum’s Colloquium Address)
This year, the Chancellor’s Colloquium series welcomes three more visitors to campus: architect Florian Idenburg on December 8, painter and writer Laurie Fendrich on January 18, and climate scientist Ken Caldeira on April 9.
Florian Idenburg, December 8, 2016
In honor of the November 13 opening of the Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, the museum’s architect Florian Idenburg returns to campus to address the theme “Museum Building in Unpredictable Times.” Idenburg is founding partner of the award-winning SO-IL architecture studio, founded at the height of the financial crisis of 2008 to explore progressive and experimental architecture. He also serves as Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he is leading a three-year project on transformations in the workplace.
Laurie Fendrich, January 18, 2017
Laurie Fendrich is an abstract painter, writer and professor emerita of fine arts at Hofstra University. Eager to encourage cross-pollinations between the arts and the sciences, Fendrich recently wrote an essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education celebrating art in the age of STEM, using famed artist and UC Davis adjunct faculty member Wayne Thiebaud as a case study. A 2016 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Fine Arts, Fendrich has also been a Dora Maar Fellow, in Ménerbes, France, as well as the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Fendrich’s most recent solo exhibition was at Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles in 2016.
Ken Caldeira, April 9, 2017
Concluding this year’s series, scientist Ken Caldeira addresses the pressing issue of climate change. Caldeira, a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, also serves as a Professor in the Stanford University Department of Earth System Science. An early advocate of research on ocean acidification, Caldeira pioneered investigations into the environmental consequences of intentional intervention in the climate system (“geoengineering”). Currently, he serves on the committee producing the U.S. National Academy of Sciences report “Geoengineering Climate: Technical Evaluation and Discussion of Impacts”.
—Michael Accinno, graduate student researcher