Press Release for Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Kwame Appiah Discusses 'The Ethics of Identity' at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Kwame Anthony Appiah, one of America’s leading public intellectuals, will discuss “The Ethics of Identity” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, at the University Center Banquet Hall on the University of North Florida campus.

Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. His early work was in the specialized field of language and logic, but it was as a scholar of African and African-American studies that he came to the attention of a wider audience. Appiah’s book “In My Father’s House” became an instant classic, placing him in the forefront of the study of African struggles for self-determination.

He has collaborated with Henry Louis Gates Jr. on several seminal projects, including the Amistad Series of critical anthologies on major African-American writers, as well as “The Dictionary of Global Culture and Africana: The Encyclopedia of African and African-American Experience.” Appiah’s new book, “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers,” is a major contribution to the contemporary discussion of identity and ethics.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for these free lectures can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2006 Lectures link. A booksigning will immediately follow the lecture.