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November 26, 2019

The Great Debate: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley and the Civil Rights Revolution

On February 18, 1965, an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union in Cambridge, England, to witness a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The subject was “the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro.”  Nicholas Buccola will revisit that historic debate and discuss its continuing relevance to this country's persistent racial divide.   

Freedom and Citizenship Program

Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.