A Conversation with the Son of Baldwin

Date
Nov 11, 2021, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Location
Carl A. Fields Center, Room 104
Speakers
Sponsor
Carl A. Fields Center
Audience
Public / Open To All
Event Description

The Speakers

 

Robert Jones Jr.

Robert Jones Jr., also known as "Son of Baldwin," leads and engages in critical dialogues about the Black Lives Matter movement, racism, literature, and politics on social media. He is also the author of The Prophets, a finalist for the National Book award 2021. His debut novel centers Black queerness as bold, inventive, and significant across history. Jones focuses on the intersections of being black and gay and his experiences as a Black queer writer in a white, racist, capitalist, and patriarchal culture.

 

Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Known to be a convener of conversations and debates, Glaude takes care to engage fellow citizens of all ages and backgrounds – from young activists, to fellow academics, journalists and commentators, and followers on Twitter in dialogue about the direction of the nation. His scholarship and his sense of himself as a public intellectual are driven by a commitment to think carefully with others in public.

Glaude’s most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on  June 30, 2020. Of Baldwin, Glaude writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others. Baldwin’s vision requires a confrontation with our history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.”

Event Type
In Conversation
Event Category
AAS Co-Sponsored Events

 

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