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Georgetown University Philosophy Professor Nancy Sherman will deliver a talk on ethics and the military.

LocationRockefeller Hall, Room 200

Georgetown University Philosophy Professor Nancy Sherman will deliver a talk April 25 on the Vassar College campus on ancient Stoic philosophy and the experiences of contemporary soldiers returning from war. Sherman has written extensively on the history of ethics and moral philosophy, particularly as it relates to the military. Her book, Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of our Soldiers, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

The lecture, “Moral Injury and Resilience through a Stoic Lens: Homecomings for Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans,” is free and open to the public. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 200 of Rockefeller Hall.

Sherman is affiliated with Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and the Law and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in philosophy where she was awarded the George Plympton Adam Prize for the most distinguished dissertation in the area of history of philosophy.

From 1997 to 1999 Sherman served as the first Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy, designing the brigade-wide required military ethics course as well as laying the groundwork for the new Stockdale Ethics Center. Sherman was invited to the Naval Academy in the wake of a cheating scandal there involving 133 midshipmen. Since 1995, she has consulted for the U.S. Armed Forces on issues of ethics, moral injury, stoicism, resilience, and posttraumatic stress, lecturing here and abroad. In October 2005, Sherman visited Guantanamo Bay Detention Center as part of an independent observer team, assessing the medical and mental health care of detainees.

In addition to the public lecture on campus Sherman will participate in a seminar in Greek and Roman Studies taught on Roman Masculinity and will be interviewed for Professor of Philosophy Curtis Dozier’s podcast The Mirror of Antiquity ( Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley will host a dinner in  Sherman’s honor with a diverse group of faculty and students.

Sherman’s visit is sponsored by the departments of Greek and Roman Studies, Philosophy, Psychological Science, Political Science, International Studies, and the President’s Office.

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Vassar College is a coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.