Culture, identity and human rights

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

To help us wait until the opening in September 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has already begun to achieve its goal by inspiring reflection and dialogue. The Museum’s collaboration with University of Manitoba Ethics Professor Arthur Schafer on the lecture series “Fragile Freedoms” is one great example.

Indeed, during the lectures, the audience is able to listen to presentations by leading intellectuals who speak about their research on various topics related to human rights. The public also has the opportunity to engage with the speaker in a question and answer session at the end of the lecture. Next up in the Fragile Freedoms series is a lecture by Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah. This Wednesday, November 13, he will present his views on the subject of “Culture, Identity and Rights.”

Headshot of Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah

Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah grew up in Ghana and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He has published numerous articles and has taught philosophy and African-American studies at the universities of Ghana, Cornell, Yale, Harvard and Princeton from 1981 to 1988. He is the author of many books, including: In My Father’s House, The Ethics of Identity and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. Currently, he is a Professor at Princeton University (University Center for Human Values).

These lectures have attracted, and continue to attract huge interest from the public. The fact that tickets for the first three lectures, including the lecture presented here, sold out in the first few days of sales are proof of this. The Kwame Anthony Appiah lecture will also be broadcast during the CBC IDEAS Program on November 21, 2013.

The lecture series continues until May 24, 2014. Tickets for the next presentations are still available. For more information, see: fragilefreedoms.com.

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