The Year of James Baldwin

Overview
 
The Year of James Baldwin is a year-long, city-wide, multi-disciplinary celebration of the life, work, and legacies of James Baldwin (1924-87) on the occasion of what would have been the author’s 90th year. This 14-month celebration is presented in partnership with Harlem Stage, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York Live Arts, with collaborators: The New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the School of Media Studies and School of Writing, The Poetry Society of America, the National Black Theater, the Harlem Book Fair, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
 
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Events | Spring 2015
 
 
Columbia University School of the Arts Office of Community Outreach and Education presents The Year of James Baldwin Spring 2015 Conversation Series.
 
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Russell Banks and Caryl Phillips
In Conversation: Giovanni's Room
Tues, Apr 7, 7 pm
The James Room, Barnard College
418 Barnard Hall
 
"Not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour--and in the oddest places!--for the lack of it." Issued in mid-century France by what The New York Times described as one of the “lesser and more distasteful characters” in James Baldwin’s ambitious second novel Giovanni’s Room, this remarkable observation is arguably the central concern of this trademark, but in many ways, singular, offering in Baldwin’s fictional canon.
 
 
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Phillip Lopate and Kiese Laymon
In Conversation: Notes of a Native Son
Thurs, Apr 23, 6:30 pm
Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
125 Zankel Building
525 West 120th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
 
Published in 1955, James Baldwin’s uncompromising debut collection of essays Notes of a Native Son announced him as a major force in the genre of the American essay. Join celebrated essayist and Columbia University School of the Arts Professor, Phillip Lopate, and novelist, essayist, and Vassar College Professor, Kiese Laymon, as they discuss the enduring significance of Notes and Baldwin’s exceptional career as a nonfiction writer.
 
   
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This series is presented as part of The Year of James Baldwin, a city-wide, multi-disciplinary slate of programming organized by partners Harlem Stage, Columbia University School of the Arts, and New York Live Arts in commemoration of the life, work, and legacies of James Baldwin (1924-1987) on the occasion of his 90th year. The Spring 2015 James Baldwin Conversation Series is presented with the generous support of the Deans’ Office of Columbia University School of the Arts, The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Institute for Research in African American Studies, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, The Dean of Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science, The Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, the African Diaspora Literary Society, all at Columbia University, along with Barnard’s Department of Africana Studies, and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Outreach at Teacher’s College. Collaborators in The Year of James Baldwin include: The New School and its Vera List Center for Art and Politics; The Poetry Society of America; The Harlem Book Fair; The National Black Theater; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
 
 
 
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News
 
VIDEO // Ancestral Witnesses: Literature and the African American Religious Imagination | James Baldwin and Audre Lorde: A Revolutionary Hope
posted January 6, 2015
 
 
Ancestral Witnesses explores the intersections of religion and African American literature produced during the social upheavals of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements and their aftermath.
 
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VIDEO // Jake Gyllenhaal and Colm Toíbín: In Conversation, The Year of James Baldwin
posted May 27, 2014
 
To launch Columbia University's installment of The Year of James Baldwin, Jake Gyllenhaal, acclaimed actor, Columbia alumnus, and Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee, joined Colm Toíbín, celebrated author and Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, in a dynamic conversation about Baldwin's novel Another Country and its enduring relevance.
 
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NEWS // The Naming of James Baldwin Place in Harlem
posted July 24, 2014
 
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NEWS // The Office of Community Outreach and Education Announces the Year of James Baldwin
posted January 23, 2014
 

 
 
 

 
 


 
 
 


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