James Baldwin's American
Tuesday April 17, 2018
5:00 PM until 6:30 PM
SUNY Alfred State and Alfred Box of Books Library with funding and support from Humanities New York will be presenting a Reading and Discussion Program on James Baldwin’s America. This six week program will run on each Tuesday afternoon from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 20 through Tuesday, April 24. This reading series will meet at the Alfred Box of Books Library and will be led by SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus Joseph Flynn. Joe introduced the first courses in Afro- American literature at Alfred State in the early 1970s and remains an active scholar in that field.
James Baldwin was an American writer and novelist whose works are socially relevant narratives on race and class struggles in America. Born in Harlem in 1924, the grandson of a slave, Baldwin grew up in poverty. His early experiences gave him a lens for viewing the world and writing on social issues. Notes of a Native Son a collection of essays was published 60 years ago.
Our reading and discussions will focus on Baldwin’s essays, poems and short stories and will give participants an opportunity to understand the historical events surrounding Baldwin’s writings, his view of race and class struggles in America, and how these conversations are still relevant today.
Interested participants are asked to email Alfred Box of Books Library at Alfred@stls.org no later than Friday March 9. Please include name, occupation, email and telephone number and tell us why this group would help you in your work, community or family. Accepted interested participants will be notified when the book is available to pick up at the library.
Any questions can be sent to Alfred@stls.org or you can call the library at 607-587-9290.
Location: Alfred Box of Books Library
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