November 19 2015
Dr. Corey McCall, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has received a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities to conduct a reading and discussion group around the theme of "James Baldwin's America." The meetings will take place at Community Arts of Elmira during March and April of 2016.
About “James Baldwin’s America”
"As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and reverberating silence," James Baldwin wrote in the essay "Many Thousands Gone." The essay was part of Baldwin's first, most powerful collection Notes of A Native Son, first published 60 years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, the Council is supporting special Reading & Discussion programs for adults based on Baldwin's writings.
According to the Council, the collision between America's democratic ideals and racial history has always been fraught, but America is presently in an acute moment of racial and social tension, one that threatens to shut down productive dialogue. More than any other American author, Baldwin speaks to both the promise and failures of American democracy. With this new Reading & Discussion program the Council aims to provide citizens throughout New York State the opportunity to engage in substantive conversations about race and American society through Baldwin's writings.