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Véronique Tadjo Launches In the Company of Men with Kwame Anthony Appiah


Tuesday, 5:00 pm EST February 23, 2021

Online via Zoom

Author and poet Véronique Tadjo joins author and NYU Professor of Philosophy and Law Kwame Anthony Appiah to celebrate the U.S. launch of her much-lauded novel In the Company of Men. Timely and relevant, the novel tells the story of the inception and rapid spread of the Ebola virus through West Africa. Tadjo explores the critical questions of how to cope in a global crisis and combat the fear and prejudice associated with a pandemic.

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In Conversation

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    Véronique Tadjo

    Véronique Tadjo

    Véronique Tadjo is a writer, poet, novelist, and artist from Côte d’Ivoire. She earned a doctorate in Black American Literature and Civilization from the Sorbonne, Paris IV, and went to the United States as a Fulbright scholar at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She headed the French Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg up until 2015. Her books have been translated into several languages, from The Blind Kingdom (1991) to The Shadow of Imana: Travels in the Heart of Rwanda (2001) and Queen Pokou: Concerto for a Sacrifice (2005), which was awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature d’Afrique Noire 2005.

    Photo Credit: Odile Motelet

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    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    Kwame Anthony Appiah

    Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. Earlier, he taught at the University of Ghana, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, and Princeton. He grew up in Ghana and received undergraduate and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Cambridge University in England, where he was an undergraduate, a graduate student, and a research fellow of Clare Colle. His work has been in the philosophy of mind and language, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of art, of culture, and of the social sciences, especially anthropology; as well as in literary studies, where he has focused on African and African-American literature. In 2012, President Obama presented him with the National Humanities Medal. His publications include Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, Lines of Descent: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Emergence of Identity, As If: Idealization and Ideals, and The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, along with three novels, one set at his alma mater, Clare College. Professor Appiah writes the weekly Ethicist column for the New York Times Sunday magazine.