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Harper Distinguished Speaker Series

Annual lecture by a liberal arts leader


This annual free lecture series brings to Denver a prominent leader from a liberal arts field. Made possible, in part, by the Heber Harper Humanities Distinguished Lectureship Endowment.

The Honor Code Making Moral Revolutions
Presented by Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah

Thursday, February 21, 2019
University of Denver Davis Auditorium
Sturm Hall, Room 248
2000 E. Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

Free. Light refreshments provided

Register below, or call 303-871-2425

6:00 p.m. — Reception (light appetizers)
7:00 p.m. — Lecture, The Honor Code Making Moral Revolutions, presented by Anthony Appiah

anthony appiahPhilosophers spend lots of time thinking about what is right and wrong, and some time thinking about how to get people to see what is right and wrong—but almost no time thinking about how to get them to do what they know is right and to stop doing what is wrong. Appiah has spent the last decade thinking about what it takes to turn moral understanding into moral behavior. In this talk, he explores one of the keys to real moral revolution: mobilizing the social power of honor and shame to change the world for the better.

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, Appiah currently teaches at NYU. Born in London to a Ghanaian father and a white mother, Appiah was raised in Ghana, and educated in England, at Cambridge University, where he received a Ph.D. in philosophy. His book, Cosmopolitanism, won the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given to a book on international affairs.

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