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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Born in London to a Ghanaian father who was a lawyer and legislator and a mother who was a novelist, Appiah was raised in Ghana and returned to Britain to attend college at Cambridge. He received both his B.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, and has gone on to have an extraordinarily productive and distinguished career as an intellectual and academic. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, Princeton and, as of 2014, New York University. A philosopher of language, ethics, and politics, he has written or edited in the neighborhood of two dozen books, and received numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships, including the National Humanities Medal in 2012. Some of his best-known books are In My Father’s House (1992), Color Conscious (1996), The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, and, most recently, Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity (2014). He and his partner, Henry Finder, have been together for more than 25 years, and they married in New York in August 2011.