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The Problem of the Twenty-First Century: Du Bois and Cosmopolitanism

Course-wide Lecture, Spring 2005

by K. Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University of Philosophy at Princeton University

On Friday, April 8, 2005, in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall, K. Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University of Philosophy at Princeton University delivered the Contemporary Civilization Course-wide Lecture. Entitled “The Problem of the Twenty-First Century: Du Bois and Cosmopolitanism”, the lecture discussed W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas about race as a prelude to thinking about cosmopolitanism.

Professor Appiah has taught as Yale, Cornell, Duke and Harvard universities, and has lectured at many other institutions in the U.S., Germany, Ghana, South Africa and France. Born in London and raised in Ghana, Professor Appiah received his Ph.D. from Cambridge. He has published widely in philosophy as well as African and African-American literary and cultural studies. His current work focuses on the philosophical foundations of liberalism. His many books include In My Father’s House (1992), Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (1996), and The Ethics of Identity (2005).

The Contemporary Civilization Course-wide Lecture series was established in 1999. Two lectures are given each year; one in the fall and one in the spring. The lectures are sponsored by the Dean of the College. Additional information about the CC Course-wide Lectures is available on the Core Curriculum Web site.

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Lecture
K. Anthony Appiah
Laurance S. Rockefeller University of Philosophy at Princeton University