Convocation Series

An Evening with Kwame Anthony Appiah & Johnnetta Cole

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required
Location: Finney Chapel (directions)

President of the PEN American Center, Kwame Anthony Appiah has established himself as an intellectual with a broad reach. His book In My Father's House and his collaborations with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. -- including The Dictionary of Global Culture and Africana -- are major works of African struggles for self-determination. His seminal Cosmopolitanism won the Arthur Ross Book Award, the most significant prize given to a book on international affairs.

“Cultures are made of continuities and changes… Societies without change aren't authentic; they’re just dead.”

Johnnetta Cole ’57 received her PhD in anthropology after graduating from Oberlin. A trailblazer, she is the only person to have ever served as president of Spelman College and Bennett College for Women. Recipient of 55 honorary degrees and numerous awards, she is currently the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), the author of several books and scholarly articles, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Association of Museum Directors.

“The more we pull together toward a new day, the less it matters what pushed us apart in the past.”

The Office of the President and the Finney Lecture Committee are sponsors of this Convocation.

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Appiah
Photo: Courtesy of Kwame Appiah

Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole
Photo: Courtesy of Johnnetta Cole