James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon


Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


AAAS Professor Robert F. Reid-Pharr will give a lecture on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00pm as part of Radcliffe's 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series.  

As a Radcliffe fellow, Professor Reid-Pharr is completing a draft of “James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon,” which draws heavily on archival materials housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Houghton and Beinecke Libraries of Harvard and Yale Universities.  The book is conservatively biographical in that it follows the story of Baldwin’s life from birth to death. At its core, however, the work is an attempt to understand how Baldwin achieved his fantastic celebrity status and why his image continues to be so compelling to the public.

The virtual lecture on Zoom is free and open to the public with advance registration.