James BaldwinA Celebration of the
Life and Legacy of
James Baldwin



"Given the messy nature of racial hatred, of the half-truths, blasphemies and lies that make up American life, Baldwin's accuracy in reproducing that world stands as a remarkable achievement. Black people reading Baldwin knew he wrote the truth. White people reading Baldwin sensed his truth about the lives of black people and the sins of a racist nation."

~ The Washington Post

EVENTS:

Bits of Baldwin

Selections from Baldwin works are read by Ken Screven, the first African American man to be hired as a television reporter in the Capital Region, and UAlbany students with commentary provided by author Darryl Pinckney.

I Am Not Your Negro
Based on the unfinished memoir, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Raoul Peck presents Baldwin's meditations on the history of racism in the U.S. and his perspectives on slain Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

If Beale Street Could Talk
Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this Literature to Life offering is a verbatim adaptation of Baldwin's powerful novel, one which remains disturbingly poignant even 60 years after it was first published.


SCHEDULE:
All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified

Friday, February 9

4:15pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - Bits of Baldwin
7pm at Page Hall - I Am Not Your Negro with post-screening Q&A with Darryl Pinckney

Wednesday, February 28
10am
at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - If Beale Street Could Talk (sold out)
12:15pm
at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - I Am Not Your Negro (limited seating)
7:30pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - If Beale Street Could Talk (pre-show discussion at 7pm) *

Thursday, March 1
10am
at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - If Beale Street Could Talk (sold out)
12:15pm
at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center - I Am Not Your Negro with a post-screening community conversation facilitated by Dr. Derik Smith (English Department) followed by a reception sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association


more info

* Tickets required. General Public: $15 advance/$20 day of show
Students, seniors & UAlbany faculty-staff: $10 advance / $15 day of show
Box Office: (518) 442-3997 or tickets@albany.edu or click here to request tickets


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This series is presented by the NYS Writers Institute and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with support from University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, Diversity Transformation Fund admin istered through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Hampton Inn. Events are offered for Black History Month and as part of the University's Sexuality Month.