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Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Eddie S. Glaude Jr., David W. Blight (moderator)
Sat, May 16th, 2020 | 11 am-12 pm | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10

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In the past decade, the United States has seen the rise of both the Black Lives Matter movement and a reinvigorated wave of white supremacism. Join us as Eddie S. Glaude Jr. looks to the life and work of author and activist James Baldwin for answers to our current era’s tangled web of race, trauma, and memory. Baldwin, who wrote in the wake of the civil rights movement and the murders of leading activists Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., provides timeless lessons about the state of racism in the United States, and the difficulty of achieving true progress.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is chair of the Department of African American Studies and James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. David W. Blight (moderator), a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Please note: This program will not include a pre-program continental breakfast.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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