Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Kwame Anthony Appiah
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Antonio Monda (moderator)
Mon, May 2nd, 2016 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)


In 1953, the international press became fascinated by the union of Joseph Emmanuel Appiah, Ghanaian lawyer and nephew of the King of Ashanti, and novelist Peggy Appiah, daughter of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer. One of the first “inter-racial society weddings” in Britain, it inspired the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. The couple’s eldest son, Kwame Anthony Appiah, is a renowned philosopher, cultural theorist, and writer for the New York Times’ The Ethicist column. In conversation with author and director Antonio Monda, he discusses how his family history and personal interests have influenced his prolific career as one of the world’s foremost thinkers.

Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Presented in partnership with Dazzle Communication and CPW Conversations. Presented under the patronage of MiBACT Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Major support has been provided by Persol (main sponsor). Additional support has been provided by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana (official sponsor & media partner) and Terna (official sponsor).

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