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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Dec 11, 2017

Martha Nussbaum, one of America’s greatest living philosophers, joined us for a discussion of the ethical, aesthetic, and philosophical conundrums around our country’s rapidly changing view of the aging process. In her book Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret, Nussbaum lended us the perspectives of both philosopher and lawyer-economist to explore ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, and whether to enjoy or criticize anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Some of our concerns are practical: philanthropic decisions, relations with one’s children and grandchildren, the purchase of annuities, and how to provide for care in old age. Others are cultural, ranging from the treatment of aging women in popular films to marriages of men such as Donald Trump to much younger women. Nussbaum offered a thoughtful exchange on this natural, inevitable process.

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She has received honorary degrees from fifty-six colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and is the author of multiple books including Love’s KnowledgeSex and Social JusticeFrom Disgust to Humanity, and Philosophical Interventions.

Recorded live at Seattle University by Town Hall Seattle Thursday, November 30, 2017.