KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH
is Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and
the author of Assertion and Conditionals (1985) and In My Father’s House: Africa in the
Philosophy of Culture (a1992 New York Times Notable Book of theYear), chapter 8 of
of collections on African American authors Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Langston
Hughes,Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, and Zora Neale Hurston.
is Professorof Anthropologyat the Universityof Michigan, recipient
of a MacArthur Foundation award and a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, and
author of Santa María del Monte: The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village (1986),
Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story (1993), and The Vulnerable
Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart (1996); she is editor of Bridges to Cuba
(1995) and coeditorof Women Writing Culture (1995). Heressay, ‘‘Juban América,’’ re-
printed here, first appeared in Poetics Today.
runs a writing and research business called Active Voice. She has
trained and consulted on desktop publishing, curriculum and publication design,
and fund raising to a variety of nonprofits working in economic development, the
Poetry Slam in the Bronx. She holds an M.A. in nonfiction writing from the Uni-
versityof New Hampshire and a B.A. in American studies from Marlboro College,
where she wrote a literary biography of a nineteenth-century humorist, a portion
of which was published in the Vermont Historical Quarterly.
BLEICH, the author of many books, teaches writing, literature, and teaching
at the University of Rochester. His book, Know and Tell: A Writing Pedagogy of Dis-
closure, Genre, and Membership, appeared in1998, and his coedited collection, Personal
Effects,was published in 2001.
CONE, a nationally recognized liberation theologian, is the authorof several
books on black theologyand black culture, including Risks of Faith (1999), Martin &