The Lies That Bind: Kwame Anthony Appiah on IdentitySunday, May 5 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Freight & Salvage
- Current Affairs
Kwame Anthony Appiah, who writes the weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times, “could variously be described as biracial, Ghanaian British, an Asante, a Londoner, and a gay cis man,” said Booklist. But rather than citing these facts as qualification to write on identity, Appiah opens his fascinating analysis, “The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity,” with an anecdote about ambiguity: taxi drivers struggling to figure him out. Taking us on a tour through history and philosophy, Appiah explores the compulsion to define and gather around identity (religious, cultural, racial, national), and the pitfalls that lurk therein. How do groups struggling for justice use, or misuse, identity toward their ends? How can a more nuanced understanding bring us together, not further apart? Appiah is interviewed by The Washington Post’s Carlos Lozada, who just won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for criticism.