50th Anniversary Event, Lectures and Seminars
09 - 09
Jun Jun
Berlin lecture: Cosmopolitan Contamination - learning world citizenship


Thursday 9 June 2016




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Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, will deliver the annual Wolfson Berlin Lecture.


Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history. Kwame Anthony Appiah grew up in Ghana and earned a Ph.D. at Cambridge University.

The World Post listed Professor Appiah on its Global Thought Leaders Index in December 2015, which was led by Pope Francis (#1), Paul Coehlo (#2) and Muhammad Yunus (#3).​ In 2012, President Obama presented him (and previous speaker at Wolfson, Amartya Sen) with the National Humanities Medal.

We asked Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, about his work and his upcoming lecture, you can read his responses in a recent article.

The annual Berlin Lecture

Launched in 1990 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the College's Founding President, Sir Isaiah Berlin, the Berlin Lecture is in his own field of study, the history of ideas. Each Trinity Term, we welcome speakers of the stature of Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Roy Foster, Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Ignatieff and  Baroness Helena Kennedy.