Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture. He will speak on his recent book, Lines of Descent: W. E. B. DuBois and the Emergence of Identity. This book reflects on DuBois' graduate study in Berlin, where DuBois developed new ways to merge intellectual and social engagement. German culture and academic life were critical in shaping his views on race and identity.
Kwame Anthony Appiah is professor of philosophy and law at New York University. He is a philosopher, cultural theorist, and author of Cosmopolitanism, The Honor Code, and many other books. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, and Princeton, among others. Named one of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, he was also awarded the National Humanities Medal by the White House in 2012. A fuller biography appears at http://appiah.net.
The Jantz Lectureship honors Harold Jantz ’29, one of Oberlin’s most distinguished literary scholars. Established in 1988 through the generosity of family, friends, colleagues, former students, and Oberlin classmates of Professor Jantz, the endowed lectureship fund supports public lectures and symposia in the fields of Professor Jantz’s primary professional interests: German literature and literary history, German and American literary relations, art and art history, and bibliophilism. Lectures and programs are selected on a rotating basis by the director of libraries, the chair of the German department, and the director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
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