Humanities in Class: Webinar Series

James Baldwin’s America and Ours Today

Lead Scholar: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. (James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Princeton University)

September 16, 2021

Dr. Glaude looks at Baldwin’s world and sees our own moment reflected back. Like Baldwin, Glaude argues, we live in the after times—in Baldwin’s case of the Civil Rights movement, and in our times of the Obama presidency and the promise of Black Lives Matter. In both cases, America responded to a challenge to the existing racial order by reasserting what Glaude calls the lie: the broad and powerful architecture of false assumptions by which white lives are valued more than others.

Subjects: Political Science; History; American Civil Rights Movement; Black Lives Matter; African American History; Race; Racial Justice