World famous philosopher to speak at DePaul University

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will address global citizenship education relative to the crisis facing black America and Chicago in a public lecture hosted by the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul University.

CHICAGO — World-renowned intellectual Kwame Anthony Appiah will speak on “Education for Global Citizenship and the Crisis Facing Black America” March 29 at DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education at DePaul. Ikeda, a Buddhist leader, peacebuilder, writer, poet and educator, is the founder of several institutes of peace, culture and educational research across Asia, Europe and the U.S.

“The lecture is inspired by the 20th anniversary of institute namesake Daisaku Ikeda's Columbia University talk ‘Education toward Global Citizenship.’ In that talk, Ikeda offered three characteristics as being essential to the global citizen: wisdom, courage and compassion,” said Jason Goulah, director of the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies at DePaul.

“Appiah will address global citizenship education relative to the crisis facing black America and Chicago. For him, as for Ikeda, the crisis facing black America lies in the ethic of the global citizen with ‘the perspective of humanity,’” said Goulah.

Appiah is an internationally recognized philosopher, cultural theorist and scholar of African and African-American studies. He is the recipient of the 2012 White House National Humanities Medal and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers. He writes the New York Times Magazine column “The Ethicist,” where he considers ethical quandaries of readers.

Appiah is a professor of philosophy and law at New York University. Born in London, Appiah earned undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Clare College, Cambridge University. He is the author of several books including “Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers” and “Lines of Descent: W.E.B. DuBois and the Emergence of Identity.”

The lecture begins at 6 p.m. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Camus in the Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. The event is open to the public. RSVP at IkedaInstitute@depaul.edu.

The Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education was established at DePaul in 2014. Its purpose is to research the philosophies and practices of Ikeda and Japanese educators Josei Toda and Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Additional information is online at http://bit.ly/DPU_Ikeda.

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