We will read and discuss essays on black and white race relations by James Baldwin (1924-1987). The writer and activist’s reflections are as pertinent in our own era of movements such as Black Lives Matter and Alt Right white supremacists as they were when originally written more than 50 years ago. We will watch two documentaries on Baldwin’s life, work and activism and read The Fire Next Time and selected essays from Notes of a Native Son. Prerequisite: Commitment to read the required essays. Required texts: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, ISBN-13: 978-0679744726; Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, ISBN-13: 978-0807006238.
Rachel Stein (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a professor of literature and women, gender, and sexuality studies who specializes in courses on issues of diversity such as race, gender and sexuality in literature and film.