New York Times “The Ethicist“ columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics to kick off Carolina’s Human Heart, a major new initiative to showcase the work that faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are doing in the arts, humanities and qualitative social sciences.
He will discuss “Ethics Among the Humanities” on Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Center for Dramatic Art’s Elizabeth Kenan Theatre on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The free event is sponsored by the College and its Parr Center for Ethics.
In November 2009, Forbes Magazine put Appiah on a list of the world’s seven most powerful thinkers. Since October 2015, he has written the popular weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times magazine, answering readers’ questions about their ethical quandaries. He has written numerous books on philosophy as well as three novels.
Appiah was born in London (where his Ghanaian father was a law student) but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Cambridge University in England. Since Cambridge, he has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard universities and lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana and South Africa. From 2002 to 2013 he was on the Princeton University faculty, where he had appointments in the Philosophy Department and the University Center for Human Values, as well as being associated with the Center for African American Studies, the Programs in African Studies and Translation Studies, and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Politics.
In 2014 he took up an appointment as Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, where he teaches both in New York and in Abu Dhabi and at other NYU global centers.
To learn more, visit Appiah’s website.