When: Wednesday, November 2, 3:00 PM
Where: Gothic Reading Room, Perkins Library (Map)
Join Duke's Timothy B. Tyson and Frank Stasio, host of NPR's The State of Things, for a special live recording of DukeReads in the library as they discuss James Baldwin's modern classic The Fire Next Time (1962).
DukeReads features prominent Duke faculty discussing books that have significantly affected their life, their path, and their thinking.
Why I Chose This Book (Timothy B. Tyson):
"James Baldwin once said that he left the church to preach the gospel. The Fire Next Time is a case in point. It remains one of the best books this country has ever produced, in my view. It uses a letter to his nephew, an autobiographical account of growing up in Harlem, and his story of a visit to Elijah Muhammed in 1961 as a pulpit on the meaning of race in American history. A powerful act of citizenship when it vaulted Baldwin to the front rank of interpreters and spokesmen of the civil rights movement when it was published in 1962, this book speaks as clearly to its topic today as it did then. It offers both a dire warning and a beacon of hope in language transcendent and stirring."
About Timothy B. Tyson
Timothy B. Tyson is visiting professor of American Christianity and Southern culture at Duke Divinity School and senior scholar of documentary studies at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. He is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name and Radio Free Dixie, among other works.
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