Mapping Identity - Opening Lecture by Kwame Anthony AppiahMapping Identity - Opening Lecture by Kwame Anthony Appiahhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/119172KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2010-03-19T16:00:002010-03-19T17:30:00
March 19,2010 4:00PM–5:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
A lecture by the renowned Ghanaian philosopher and Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah entitled “Cosmopolitanism". Followed by opening reception in the Gallery.
Mapping Identity, an exhibition of works by 11 international artists co-curated by Haverford College Visiting Associate Professor Carol Solomon and Haverford senior Janet Yoon, will run in the College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery March 19-April 30, 2010.
The exhibit officially opens with this lecture by the renowned Ghanaian philosopher and Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah entitled Cosmopolitanism. This is immediately followed by an opening reception in the Gallery at 5:30 p.m.
About Kwame Anthony Appiah:
Called a post-modern Socrates, Kwame Anthony Appiah asks profound questions about identity and ethics in a world where the sands of race, ethnicity, religion and nationalism continue to realign and reform before our eyes. His seminal book Cosmopolitanism is a moral manifesto for a world where identity has become a weapon and where difference has become a cause of pain and suffering. In intellectually stimulating language, Appiah challenges you to look beyond the boundaries -- real and imagined -- that divide us, and to see our common humanity.
Appiah is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He was born in London, to a Ghanaian father and a white mother; raised in Ghana; and educated in England, at Cambridge University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy. As a scholar of African and African-American studies, he established himself as an intellectual with a broad reach. His classic book In My Father's House and his collaborations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- including The Dictionary of Global Culture and Africana -- are major works of African struggles for self-determination. In 2007, Cosmopolitanism won the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given to a book on international affairs. In 2009, he was featured in the documentary Examined Life, and was named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 public intellectuals.
The exhibition takes place in conjunction with Professor Solomon's Haverford course "Art and Cultural Identity", which is being taught this spring.
Support for the exhibition and related programs has been generously provided by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Haverford President Steve Emerson, the Paul J. R. Desjardins Colloquium Fund, the Distinguished Visitors Program, the Margaret Gest Program, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Funding for artist talk supported by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center's grant from the Leaves of Grass Foundation.
Overseen by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center and located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m., and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, Campus Exhibitions Coordinator, at (610) 896-1287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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