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2014 Harlem Book Fair: Panel - "James Baldwin & American Morality"

Rich Blint; Jonathan, Scott Holloway; Marcus Hunter; Walter Mosley; Imani Perry; Claudia Roth Pierpont; Kendall Thomas

About the Program

This panel examines some of the social and political race-related controversies of our time and a future in the context of James Baldwin's assertion that "any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety."

About the Authors

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the bestselling author of many works, including Twelve Steps to Political Revelation and five critically acclaimed mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins. His novel, RL's Dream, was a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction and winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's Literary Award. The story collection, "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned," received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.  Mr. Mosley is also the winner of the TransAfrica International Literary Prize.  His books have been translated into twenty languages.

Jonathan, Scott Holloway

Jonathan Holloway is the author of Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940.  He is a Professor of History, African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University and the Dean of Yale College.  He is also the author of Confronting the Veil.

Marcus Hunter

Marcus Hunter is the author of Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America.  Mr. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University, having received his doctorate in Sociology at Northwestern University.

Imani Perry

Ms. Perry is the author of More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States.  Ms. Perry is a professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.  Ms. Perry is also the author of Prophets of the Hood and Righteous Hope.  

Claudia Roth Pierpont

Ms. Pierpont is the author of Roth Unbound: The Writer and His Books.  She is a staff writer at The New Yorker a former Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.  She is also the author of Passionate Minds.

Kendall Thomas

Mr. Thomas is a co-author of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Founded the Movement.  Mr. Thomas is Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture and a law professor at Columbia University Law School. 

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2014 Harlem Book Fair: Panel - "James Baldwin & American Morality"

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  • Sunday, August 31st at 5pm (ET)
  • Sunday, August 3rd at 3am (ET)
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