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Jonathan Lear Will Deliver Divinity School‘s Nuveen Lecture

April 24, 2007

Who/What: Jonathan Lear, the John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy, will give the 2007 John Nuveen Lecture. The lecture is sponsored by the Divinity School and the Baptist Theological Union. His talk is titled “The Transformation of Courage.”

When: Thursday, April 26, at 4 p.m.

Where: Swift Lecture Hall, 1025 East 58th Street, at the University of Chicago.

Jonathan Lear is an American philosopher whose work examines a wide range of philosophic thought from Freud to the ancient Greeks. Lear studied at Yale University, Cambridge University, and Rockefeller University, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1978. Lear is also a graduate of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has published many books, among them Therapeutic action: an earnest plea for irony (2003) and Freud (2005). Before joining the University faculty, Lear was the Kingman Brewster professor of the humanities at Yale University and was fellow and director of studies in philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge.

John S. Nuveen was one of Chicago’s most influential business leaders and an active civil and cultural leader with ties to many educational institutions. At the University of Chicago, he served as chairman of the University’s Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Theological Union, who established the Nuveen lecture in 1972 and manage an endowment that supports the University of Chicago Divinity School. The BTU and the Divinity School invite an accomplished member of the University’s faculty to give the lecture each year.

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