James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon


Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

Robert F. Reid-Pharr is a professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies at Harvard University. During his Radcliffe fellowship year, Reid-Pharr is completing a draft of "James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon." Drawing 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 follows the story of Baldwin’s life from birth to death. Join Reid-Pharr as he explores how Baldwin achieved his celebrity status and why image continues to be so compelling to the public.

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