CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland College Library in Champaign will host an online discussion of Black LGBTQ writer James Baldwin with author Dr. Eddie Glaude.
From the Facebook event page:
This month we’ll discuss works by James Baldwin, and be joined by Dr. Eddie Glaude, author of a new book about Baldwin’s legacy and lessons.
Link to James Baldwin Resources: https://illinoislibraries.wixsite.com/read/august-james-baldwin
Revered as one of the most influential writers of his generation, Baldwin addressed major social and political issues of the day in his works, which include numerous novels, essays, short stories, and poetry. His writing also reveals his personal struggle as an artist who strove to find a place in the Black intellectual community, within which Baldwin’s homosexual orientation was viewed as a detrimental trait in the larger effort to establish a vigorous, successful Black community in America. The conflict between his sexuality and his racial background and spiritualism forms a major thematic thread in Baldwin’s works. Despite this personal and intellectual schism, Baldwin achieved almost legendary status among thinkers of his time, and his novels and essays were universally praised for the nuanced and complex manner in which he addressed issues of race, equality, and democracy in his work.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His 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.”
READ is thrilled to have Dr. Glaude join us on what will be an exciting discussion about one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century.
The discussion is on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. You can get free tickets through Eventbrite.