Satz, Reich named Roland Prize winners

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Satz, Reich named Roland Prize winners

by gender news on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 6:26am

Originally posted in the Stanford Report by Kate Chesley on May 4, 2010 Arcade

Debra Satz and Rob Reich, who founded the Hope House Scholars Program, will share this year's Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize, given by the Haas Center for Public Service to faculty who make significant contributions through public service and encourage their students to do the same. Hope House, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, pairs faculty members with undergraduate teaching assistants who offer liberal arts courses to residents of a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women in Redwood City. The courses, which focus on such themes as ethics, social justice and moral responsibility, engage the women of Hope House in college-level work as part of their recovery. Administered by Joan Berry, the associate director of the Center on Ethics in Society, the program won a Community Partnership Award last year. Stanford Provost John Etchemendy will present the prizes to Satz and Reich at a ceremony May 5 that also will feature the presentation of the 2010 Community Partnership Awards by David Demarest, vice president for public affairs. Those awards will go to Industry Initiatives for Science & Math Education, the Graduate School of Business' Alumni Consulting Team and Shelter Network. Roland Prize winnersThe Roland Prize was created by alumna Miriam Aaron Roland, who sought to recognize Stanford faculty who combine academic scholarship with meaningful volunteer service. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award.

Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, political science, and a research affiliate with the Program on Global Justice. In 2008, she was named director of the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society. Her research focuses on social and political philosophy, philosophy of social science, philosophy of economics and feminist philosophy. Satz is the author of Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets and co-editor with Reich of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin. Satz is a recipient of the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford's highest award for teaching. In 2009, she gave the Miriam and Peter E. Haas Centennial Professorship Lecture on Public Service and the University. Her talk, "Riches for the Poor," focused on her experiences teaching Plato, Kant and John Stuart Mill at Hope House. Satz is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Reich, associate professor of political science and, by courtesy, philosophy and the School of Education, is faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and faculty director of the Program in Ethics in Society. His research focuses on contemporary political theory. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education, co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It and, with Satz, co-editor of Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin. Reich also has won a Gores teaching award, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award. Reich is also on the Faculty Advisory  Board of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Power of liberal arts In an article published in 2004 in Dissent Magazine, Satz and Reich explained their approach to Hope House. "…We ... believe that the value – and power – of a liberal arts education is overlooked in debates about poverty," they wrote. " 'I feel like a butterfly drawn from a cocoon,' reported one of our students at the end of the course. Programs like Hope House help her escape and imagine herself as a participant in civic life. One Stanford student told us that tutoring at Hope House was her most profound educational experience as an undergraduate. It seems that through the humanities, the most elite and the most marginal segments of our society can teach something to each other." Adds Reich, "Hope House Scholars Program is not just an exercise in faculty altruism, a volunteer effort to offer liberal arts courses to a population of students which almost never gets such an opportunity. The program offers Stanford faculty a chance to learn themselves. Stanford faculty who teach at Hope House learn that texts they have taught for years to Stanford students are experienced in similar and different ways by women in a recovery program.  Teaching at Hope House shows how an education in the liberal arts is an education in freedom and how enduring texts speak to people across time and place."