Last night New York’s most glamorous turned out for the Third Annual Berggruen Prize Gala. The event, which draws global luminaries from the worlds of business, technology, science, art and philosophy, honored American philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum with the $1 million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. The Chicago-based author, moral philosopher and University of Chicago law professor discussed her approach to using philosophy to elevate the quality of public life and improve the very vocabulary of public discourse.
The evening featured a stimulating conversation between BBC World Service presenter Razia Iqbal and Nussbaum, who discussed her academic work surrounding feminism, LGBT rights and political discourse in the U.S. and the world. Nussbaum conversed about the state of politics in the U.S. and world, touching on President Trump, President Macron of France and how people on other sides of the political spectrum can have a civil discourse. Nussbaum also touched on remaining optimistic in today’s current political climate, and supporting leaders who have an emotional understanding of geopolitics.
The esteemed guest list included Karlie Kloss, Princess Beatrice of York with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Rachel Bay Jones (Tony Award-winning actor of Dear Evan Hansen), Kerry Kennedy, Wendi Deng Murdoch, Howard, and Lili Buffett and Susan and David Rockefeller.
Tony Award-winning stage and screen legend Rachel Bay Jones, who appears in the upcoming Golden Globe® nominated Ben is Back film, transcended the red carpet in all black. The award-winning actress mingled with attendees talking about upcoming film and television projects.