James Baldwin, Jazz, and the Moral Minority | Newberry

James Baldwin, Jazz, and the Moral Minority

Wednesday, February 24, 2021


The Newberry

Kyle Kaplan, Independent Scholar
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Since the 1950s, James Baldwin has prodded the political and ethical blind spots of the United States and has attended to those who find themselves at its social margins. Baldwin’s writing hones in on minoritarian experience and deftly inhabits the complex feelings that come with being judged, feelings like the self-hatred or pleasure that comes from living in defiance of social taboos. Focusing his1962 novel Another Country, this seminar will discuss how Baldwin draws attentions to marginalized relationships and the challenges they present to anti-black and homophobic sentiments that are often couched in notions of morality. Key to this, as we will investigate, is his investment in the world of jazz and the radically expressive potential he hears in its music.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for logging onto the Zoom session, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.