In celebration of this year’s NEA Big Read of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, the Writing Retreat is pleased to offer this special event.
African-American writer James Baldwin emigrated to Paris in 1948 and lived there for most of the following ten years. During his time in Paris, he completed two of his greatest works of fiction (Go Tell it On the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room) and published numerous essays describing the experience of being a Black American writer in France. This illustrated talk discusses the influence of Paris and its artistic community on James Baldwin, including the ways in which Baldwin’s time in France led him to reconnect with the United States and the growing Civil Rights movement.
Philip Hartigan is a faculty member of the Columbia College Chicago Study Abroad program in Paris, where every January he teaches a class called Creative Writing: American Writers in Paris (Hemingway and Baldwin).
FREE & Open to the Public
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