James Baldwin

Photo: Allan Warren

Hilton Als: James Baldwin in the 21st Century

Tuesday, September 20

2:30 PM

Whitney Humanities Center, Auditorium
53 Wall Street
New Haven  Connecticut  06511
United States
Free & open to the public

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 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.