Communities in Conversation

Pearce Shakespeare Symposium: Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare's World

Reception at 5:30 p.m.

In spite of enduring myths about their absence, Jews and Muslims were a complex presence in Tudor England, whether as imagined stage caricatures or actual political agents. Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, two preeminent cultural historians of the Renaissance, both familiar faces on BBC, will engage in a far-ranging dialogue about how Judaism and Islam were — and remain — part of the British national story.

Baldwin Now Symposium: Keynote Lecture

This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.

Digital Baldwin

Reception at 5:30

James Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Communities in Conversation will stoke a cross-city series of conversations under the rubric of Baldwin Now. Baldwin is an intellectual forebear of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

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