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Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Ethics Among the Humanities”

September 15, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

41pbV3tWDnL._UX250_Please join us for the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics: “Ethics among the Humanities” with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU, and author of “The Ethicist” column in the New York Times. This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and its Parr Center for Ethics.

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 p.m., in the Kenan Theater at the Center for Dramatic Art.

This event is free & open to all – no ticket required. 

“Ethics Among the Humanities”

Immanuel Kant wanted philosophy to take “the sure path of a science,” and he had a theory of what makes a scientific approach successful. No doubt there are philosophical questions that need to take account of the best science of our day, in physics, biology, economics, and psychology, for example. Ethics also profits from a dialogue with what used to be called the “moral sciences,” with anthropology, economics, psychology, and sociology. But it’s really important, too, to maintain contact with the arts and humanities. Poetry, fiction, biography, art, and music are not just materials for moral reflection. They are also sources of moral understanding, inspirations for moral action, and teachers of the sentiments that moral life requires. Philosophy, for this reason, needs to be able to engage in different moments with each of the disciplines. We need not the sure path of one science, but a difficult conversation among all the different kinds of systematic knowledge … and every area of human experience.


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The Center for Dramatic Art is located on Country Club Road approximately one block north of the Raleigh Road and Country Club Road intersection.

Parking options are:

Cobb Parking Deck: This is the closest parking deck, located behind the Center for Dramatic Art.

Highway 54 Visitors Lot: You must always take a ticket upon entering the lot, but if you enter the lot after 5:30pm or on weekends your lot ticket will not accrue any charges while you are parked in the lot. When you exit the lot insert your parking ticket into the payment station located at the southeast section of the parking lot. Follow the appropriate steps at the payment station. You will be allowed to exit without payment.  If you enter the lot before 5:30pm the cost is $1.50 per hour and payable at the paystation in the parking lot by credit card only.

Metered spaces along Country Club Road: Please note that meters need to be activated until 9:00pm. PlayMakers is not responsible for parking tickets.

Accessible parking is available on Paul Green Theatre Drive, the surface lot behind the theatre, and in marked spots in the Cobb Deck.

Please note: Parking is maintained by the Department of Public Safety and while free and open to the public after 5:30pm and on weekends, parking is frequently used by the larger UNC population and the Chapel Hill community. Special campus and sporting events frequently reserve some or all of the parking listed above.

Allow time to find a space at one of the parking lots mentioned above. Your first choice may not always be available.


From I-40:

  • From I-40 West take exit 273-A and from I-40 East take exit 273.
    The exit ramp loops on to NC Highway 54 towards Chapel Hill.
  • You will pass under a four-lane bridge and begin to climb a steep hill.
  • At the traffic light at the top of the hill turn right on to Country Club Road.
  • The Center for Dramatic Art is the first building on the left.

From Northern Durham:

  • Take US 15-501 South (also known as Durham/Chapel Hill Boulevard) to Chapel Hill.
  • Near the edge of town the road splits into Fordham boulevard (to the left) and Franklin Street (to the right). Follow the left lanes onto Fordham Boulevard (also known as 54/15-501 Bypass).
  • You will pass through four traffic lights; as you approach the fifth traffic light, look for the green sign indicating UNC to the right (the sixth traffic light is at the exit ramp.)
  • Exit before the bridge; the ramp feeds into a lane which climbs a steep hill.
    Turn right at the traffic light on to Country Club Road.
  • The Center for Dramatic Art is the first building on the left.

From Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, and points South:

  • Take US 15-501 North to Chapel Hill.
  • As you enter Chapel Hill, you will come to a bridge over Fordham Boulevard (also known as 54/51-501 Bypass).
  • Take the exit ramp to the right (before the bridge) onto Fordham Boulevard.
  • Take the second highway 54 exit ramp on to 54 West (just over the bridge).
  • At the traffic light turn right on to Country Club Road.
  • The Center for Dramatic Art is the first building on the left.

From Downtown Chapel Hill:

  • From the intersection of Franklin and Columbia Streets take Columbia Street south towards the UNC-CH campus.
  • At the second stoplight turn left onto Cameron Avenue.
  • You will pass the Old Well and go through a traffic light. Note that Cameron Avenue becomes Country Club Road.
  • The Center for Dramatic Art is on the right just before the intersection of Country Club Road and Highway 54.


September 15, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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