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Tag Archives: 1993

Kwame Anthony Appiah Speaks On National Honor At Severance Hall Lecture

American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah is not allowed into China. He mentioned this fact at the end of his well-attended March talk in Cleveland, noting he is unwelcome because of his support of Liu Xiaobo, a writer and political activist who won the Nobel peace prize in 2010. At the ceremony in Oslo, Liu was represented by an empty chair. Appiah, a Princeton University professor, won an Anisfield-Wolf prize in 1993 for his book, “In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture.” Today he is president of the PEN American Center, whose home page features a vibrant photo of Liu, with the statement “jailed for writing seven sentences in China” and an invitation to view his case. “Many, many more writers would be in prison today if we weren’t constantly popping... Read More →

VIDEO: Kwame Anthony Appiah Shares What Winning An Anisfield-Wolf Award Meant To Him

In what we hope will become an ongoing series, we'll be sitting down with Anisfield-Wolf winners to hear their thoughts on winning the Anisfield-Wolf award. What has it meant to their careers, to their personal lives, to their approach to their craft?  In our first installment, we spoke to Kwame Anthony Appiah after his recent talk with Johnnetta Cole at Oberlin College. He was, as we predicted, gracious and forthcoming. We look forward to share more interviews with you over the coming months! Read More →

EVENT: Kwame Anthony Appiah And Johnnetta Cole Speak On Identity And Humanity

Credit: John Seyfried After a rich discussion between philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah and museum director Johnnetta Cole, the final question in Oberlin's Finney Chapel was a zinger. Appiah, who won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1993 for his influential collection of essays "In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture," had been turning over questions of identity and art with Cole, an anthropologist who leads the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. The duo's last question came from Kelsey Scult, 20, an Oberlin African Studies major, who just completed a January internship at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle. Looking at Cole, the white student  asked, "If I was up for a job at your museum against someone of African descent, I would think they... Read More →

Waking Up At 5 A.M. Every Day To Become A Writer

Judith Ortiz Cofer, 1994 winner for fiction, shares her advice on becoming a writer in this quick clip. She stresses the importance of taking your craft seriously and making room for your goals in your life:  "You have to imagine yourself as an artist before you can become an artist. And the way that I did it, was getting up at 5 in the morning and writing for two hours before everyone else woke up. You have to allocate a place and time to become an artist. Just like if you want to be the best basketball player who ever existed. You can't sit in a room and say, 'I am going to be the greatest.' You have to get out to the court and practice and practice. A musician has to practice. A singer has to sing. A writer has to write."  Watch the entire video above and get inspired!  Read More →

VIDEO: Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah Shares His Personal Philosophy

1993 winner Kwame Anthony Appiah is well-known for his musings on race, culture, and identity. Born to a European mother and a Ghanaian father, he has been conscious of the way those three notions intersect in society. In this BigThink video, he shares his personal philosophy on life. Check it out and let us know what you think!  Read More →

VIDEO: Rita Dove And Kwame Anthony Appiah Honored With National Medals of Arts and Humanities

Watch Anisfield-Wolf jury member Rita Dove get presented with the 2011 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama and Kwame Anthony Appiah be presented with the 2011 National Medal of Humanities. Read More →
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