James Baldwin’s America

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NYWC is excited to collaborate with Apogee Journal and the New York Council for the Humanities on a new reading and discussion group this fall, James Baldwin’s America.  Participants are invited to join us for seven consecutive gatherings that will include a short writing time in NYWC’s signature workshop method, plus discussions of race, class, sexuality, religion, and other issues through Baldwin’s creative and critical eye.

Sessions begin Saturday, September 24 and take place at The Brooklyn Commons (388 Atlantic Avenue).

This series is FREE and open to readers of all backgrounds and experiences. Expect to read in advance of each session (except for the Intro Session). Access to each week’s selection will be provided by NYWC.

Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED.

 

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FALL 2016 SESSION SCHEDULE & THEMES
All sessions meet Saturdays @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.

INTRODUCTION / September 24: James Baldwin’s Writing Resistance

Week 1 / October 1: James Baldwin’s Writing Life & Politics
“The Creative Process”, “This Nettle Danger…”, “Nothing Personal”
FACILITATOR: Aaron Carico

Week 2 / October 8: Life, Identity & the Geography of Harlem
“5th Avenue, Uptown”, “A Report from Occupied Territory”
FACILITATOR: Alexandra Watson

Week 3 / October 15: Religion
Selections from The Fire Next Time
FACILITATOR: Nick Powers

Week 4 / October 22: Sexuality
Selections from Giovanni’s Room, “Here Be Dragons”, “Freaks & the American Ideal of Manhood”
FACILITATOR: Nick Powers

Week 5 / October 29: Race & Interpersonal Relationships
Selections from Another Country
FACILITATOR: Alexandra Watson

Week 6 / November 5: Structural Racism & Police Brutality
“My Dungeon Shook (Letter to My Nephew)”, “The American Dream & the American Negro”, “The Price of the Ticket”
FACILITATOR: Aaron Carico

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NYWC’s James Baldwin’s America Reading & Discussion Group is presented in collaboration with Apogee Journal and the New York Council for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. To find out more about the Council, visit www.nyhumanities.org.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of either the Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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