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

On February 18, 1965, an overflow crowd packed the Cambridge Union to witness a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., 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.   

November 26, 2019

Join us for a lecture by Nicholas Buccola, Professor of Political Science, Linfield College, and author of The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, and the Debate Over Race in America.

Sponsored by the Center for American Studies