The Honor Code in America Today


Wednesday, January 23, 7:00–8:30 p.m.


Kwame Anthony AppiahWhen it comes to the most pressing social issues of the day, Kwame Anthony Appiah is a touchstone of reason and inclusivity. Asking—and answering—probing questions on morality, ethnicity, and religion as “The Ethicist” for NYT Magazine, Appiah is a fearless, lucid arbiter, as he demonstrated in his BBC Reith Lectures focused on the modern complexities of Creed, Culture, Color, and Country. 

Kwame Anthony Appiah challenges us to look beyond the boundaries—real and imagined—that divide us, and to celebrate our common humanity.  Named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, one of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants,” and awarded a National Humanities Medal by The White House, he currently serves as Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. 

Anthony Appiah considers readers’ ethical quandaries in a weekly column as “The Ethicist” for the New York Times Magazine. He chaired The Man Booker Prize in 2018 and, from 2009 to 2012, served as President of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization. He previously taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and the University of Ghana. 

Anthony Appiah’s most recent publication is The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity (August 2018).  Other publications include Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time), winner of the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given to a book on international affairs; The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen; The Ethics of Identity; and As If: Idealization and Ideals

Kwame Anthony Appiah was raised in Ghana and educated at Cambridge University, where he received a PhD in philosophy.