Photo: Allan Warren
Hilton Als: James Baldwin in the 21st Century
Tuesday, September 20
Hilton Als and Professor Jacqueline Goldsby discuss the legacy of one of our most signiﬁcant and complicated authors in post-Civil Rights, post-Ferguson, almost post-Obama America.
Jacqueline Goldsby is Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale. She is the author of A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature (2006), and is currently completing a Norton Critical Edition of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man that reclaims James Weldon Johnson’s novel as an important harbinger of Afro-Anglo-American modernism. Her next monograph, Birth of the Cool: African American Literary Culture of the 1940s and 1950s, focuses on the regenerative aesthetic life that Jim Crow segregation gave rise to during the mid-20th century.
Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Whitney Humanities Center.