Acclaimed philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will deliver the keynote address for the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week on Feb. 10.

Appiah is the author of the New York Times column “The Ethicist" and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal.

President Barack Obama awarded Appiah with the National Humanities Medal in 2011. Recipients of the prestigious honor are recognized for work that "has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens' engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects," according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Appiah earned the award "for seeking eternal truths in the contemporary world. His books and essays within and beyond his academic discipline have shed moral and intellectual light on the individual in an era of globalization and evolving group identities."

President Barack Obama presented Appiah with the honor.

Appiah has also been named Foreign Policy's Top 100 public intellectuals and one of the Carnegie Corporation's "Great Immigrants."

Appiah serves as a professor of philosophy and law at New York University. He's previously taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Ghana.

Appiah also served as president of the PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization, from 2009 to 2012. He now serves as chair of the Man Booker Prize.

His award-winning publications include "Cosmopolitan: Ethics In A World of Strangers," "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen," "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity," "As If: Idealization And Ideals," and "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen."

The start time for Appiah's keynote address, along with additional details, will be announced at a later date.

The goal of Virginia Tech Humanities Week is to showcase the vigor and variety of work in the humanities across the university right now.

The steering committee for Virginia Tech Humanities Week is currently inviting proposals from all current and former faculty, staff, and students to put on engaging, interactive events to highlight the vitality of the humanities (broadly defined) at Virginia Tech. Such events could include interactive installations, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, undergraduate and graduate research panels, and much more.

To learn more about the Call for Proposals, follow this link.