Please join the UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Thursday, February 18, 12:00-1:00pm for a session of the Racial Equity Speaker Series featuring Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. The event will be moderated by Kwame Otu, Assistant Professor in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies.
"James Baldwin and the Crisis of American Democracy"
Drawing on the work of James Baldwin, Glaude explores how we have arrived at this moment of racial reckoning in the United States. He talks about the value gap, the lie, America's ongoing betrayal and what we need to do to imagine the country anew.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face. He is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson. In his writings, the country’s complexities, vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.”
Co-sponsored by the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.