Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University & President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, gave the 10th lecture in series of Royal Academy Lectures in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Watch the lecture here:


Museums and monument funds typically understand works that they collect, display, and preserve through a concept of heritage. Heritage is meant to explain why various works are to be valued or disavowed, repatriated or collected, dismantled or preserved. Yet it's a concept that's interwoven with other concepts—ancestry, identity, property, memorialization—in ways that can create confusion. Gaining clarity about cultural heritage can help us understand the broader heritage of humankind.

Kwame Anthony Appiah was born in England, his mother’s country, but moved as an infant to Ghana, his father’s home. He studied philosophy at Cambridge and has taught in Ghana, France, Britain, the US, and Abu Dhabi. Professor Appiah is a past President of the PEN American Center and serves on the board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 he received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. In 2022 he was elected President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has published more than a dozen books, most recently The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity.

Efter forelæsningen inviterede Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab og Carlsbergfondet til reception.

Read more about professor Kwame Anthony Appiah and his research here.

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