Spring 2017 Schedule

James Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. CiC will stoke a cross-city series of conversations under the rubric of Baldwin Now. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, 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.


Tasty Conversation | January 20 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Jay Etkin’s Gallery | 942 Cooper Avenue | 901-550-0064 

Wine tasting and gallery showing of Ecole de Paris painter David Malkin followed by a discussion of Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time led by Ernest Gibson.


Digital Baldwin | February 2 @ 6:00 p.m.

Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall (reception @ 5:30 p.m.)

Featuring Zandria Robinson, Terrence Tucker and Ernest Gibson. Each will introduce, screen, and discuss a video clip of Baldwin as a means to inform, to contextualize, and to highlight aspects of Baldwin’s work.


Pearce Shakespeare Symposium

Jews and Muslims in Shakespeare’s World | Feb. 22 @ 6:00 p.m.

Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall (reception @ 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, will engage in a far-ranging dialogue about how Judaism and Islam were — and remain — part of the British national story.


Baldwin Now Symposium

March 29 @ 6:00 p.m. | McCallum Ballroom, Rhodes College  

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

March 30 @ 6:00 p.m. | Ellington 100, University of Memphis  

Roundtable discussion with leading Baldwin scholars Quentin Miller, Soyica Colbert, and Magdalena Zaborowska. Moderated by Ernest Gibson.