Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

Tuesday 18th October

‘James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?’


Join Eddie S. Glaude Jr., shortlisted author for the 2021 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, in conversation with author and historian Colin Grant to discuss what the life and work of the American essayist, novelist and playwright James Baldwin can teach us about the United States of America today.

New York Times bestseller, Begin Again presents a searing indictment of racial injustice in America and is a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race.

As a country divided by the legacy of the Trump presidency and the violent resurgence of white nationalism, discover how Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin and how his life and work can help us to understand American society today.

This event is part of Black History Month 2022.

Speaker: Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University

Chair: Colin Grant, author, historian and speaker

Free, booking required.

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