Tuesday 30 March 2021 | 7:00pm

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: James Baldwin’s America

Tuesday 30 March 2021 | 7:00pm

Eddie S. Glaude Jr.: James Baldwin’s America

£6.00 - Single event ticket
Inspired by phenomenal political writer James Baldwin, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. joins chair Sarah Churchwell to explore his searing indictment of racial injustice in America, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Today. Available until 1 April 2021

Following the global racial uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd, knowing our history and having the tools to imagine our future is more urgent than ever.

Professor and chair of the African American Studies department at Princeton University Eddie S. Glaude Jr. joins us to explore his remarkable new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Today. 

Drawing on the political writings, poetry, plays, and novels of Baldwin, a giant in the fight for racial justice over the course of the US civil rights movement, Glaude bears witness to the difficult and uncomfortable truth of race in America.

In the light of what he calls ‘the disastrous election of Donald Trump’ and the resurgence of the far right, Glaude began writing this searing indictment of contemporary America’s racial injustices. He argues that the state of the country today is comparable to what Baldwin experienced as the black freedom movement collapsed with the ascent of the Reagan revolution.

Glaude will be in conversation with friend and fellow academic Professor Sarah Churchwell to speak about this urgent and inspiring study of one of the greatest and most relevant thinkers of the twentieth century.

Author Biographies

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world. Glaude is the author of number books, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on gulf coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sarah Churchwell is a professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th- and 21st-century fiction. She has appeared on British television and radio and has been a judge for the Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She is the director of the Being Human festival.

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