Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St (bet Amsterdam & Morningside Aves), Room 417
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION | CONVERSATION
Jake Gyllenhaal and Colm Toíbín:
The Year of James Baldwin Thurs, May 1, 7 PM
Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building
420 W 118th St (bet Amsterdam & Morningside Aves), Room 417
Described by the Washington Post as “an almost unbearable, tumultuous, blood-pounding experience,” James Baldwin’s Another Country remains one of the most powerful novels about that tangle of conundrums (race, gender, class, and sexuality), which so dramatically organizes our culture. 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, will join Colm Toíbín, celebrated author and Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, in a dynamic conversation about this remarkable novel and its enduring relevance. The evening will be introduced by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, and Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies.
The Year of James Baldwin
April 2014 – June 2015
In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the birth of James Baldwin (1924-1987), Harlem Stage, Columbia University School of the Arts, and New York Live Arts have partnered to mount a citywide, multi-disciplinary slate of programming exploring his life and work. Other collaborators include: New York University; 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 others to be announced as the year progresses.
Jake Gyllenhaal is an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee who has won BAFTA and National Board of Review awards for his poignant performances. Gyllenhaal is currently in post-production on his upcoming project, Nightcrawler, in which he not only stars but is producing. The actor has worked with some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers in both independent and studio films, including Ang Lee's classic Brokeback Mountain, David Ayer’s End of Watch, Richard Kelly's cult hit Donnie Darko, and Joe Johnston's October Sky.
Colm Toíbín's novels include The Master, Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary. He is Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia and a Contributing Editor at the London Review of Books.