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The Core Curriculum

What Difference Can Theory Make to Practice?

Course-wide Lecture, Spring 2010

by Michele Moody-Adams, Dean of Columbia College, Columbia University

On Friday February 12 2010, Contemporary Civilization students and faculty were joined by members of the entire university community in Roone Arledge Auditorium where Dean Michele Moody-Adams delivered the Spring 2010 Contemporary Civilization course-wide lecture. Dean Moody-Adams's lecture addressed the challenging but essential relationship between the theories represented in CC texts and practice.

Michele Moody-Adams, the Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory in the Philosophy Department, is the Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education. Her work focuses on a variety of issues in ethical theory, the history of ethics, political philosophy, practical ethics, the philosophy of law, and the history of philosophy. Professor Moody-Adams has published on such topics as moral relativism, moral objectivity, and moral psychology, as well as on problems of social and economic justice, feminism and equality, and the moral implications of reproductive technologies. Before coming to Columbia, Dean Moody-Adams taught in the Philosophy Department at Cornell, where she was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Director of Cornell's Program on Ethics and Public Life.