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An Evening with Kwame Anthony Appiah: Understanding Identity

Different conceptions of identity have helped inform various traditions and schools of thought. Ideas of race, gender, class, nationality, and religion often aid in the construction of worldviews. How do these relations contribute to our understanding of culture, politics, and the law? What misconceptions might arise from these classifications? 

Join us as we navigate through the philosophical and social concept of identity with renowned philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah on April 10th at 6:30 PM in Kimmel Center for Student Life Room 406. Dinner and refreshments will be served.


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Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in England and raised in Ghana. He studied medicine and philosophy at Cambridge University as an undergraduate and completed a doctoral degree in philosophy there in 1982. Since then he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, Harvard and Princeton, before coming to NYU to be Professor of Philosophy and Law in 2013. 

He has written widely in philosophy, especially in ethics and political philosophy, and in African and African-American Studies, and lectured on these subjects in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Professor Appiah is the author of Cosmopolitanism, The Honor Code, and The Lies That Bind and more than a dozen other philosophical works, three novels, and hundreds of articles and reviews. 

He writes the weekly Ethicist column in the New York Times. K. Anthony Appiah has received honorary degrees from fifteen universities, most recently Occidental College (2012), Harvard University (2012), the University of Pennsylvania (2013), Edinburgh University (2013), and Wesleyan University (2016). He has been President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, of the PEN American Center, and of the Modern Language Association, and chaired the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. He currently sits on the boards of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Public Theater and the New York Public Library. In 2012 President Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. In 2017 he became a member of the Royal Society of Literature.

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