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James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: Debate Screening

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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In the landmark 1965 debate between James Baldwin (I Am Not Your Negro), one of the 20th century’s most prominent African-American public intellectuals, and William F. Buckley Jr., the “father of conservatism,” the following question is debated at Cambridge University: “Has the American dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” The debate will be screened at the Open Book, 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley on Thursday, September 7th at 7pm. Suggested donation $5-10, but no one will be turned away. (We are raising funds to replace our projector in order to bring you thought-provoking films every month.)

Discussion and a short reading from “A Rap on Race: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Margaret Meade” to follow.

We will have special guests from local civil rights groups available for dialogue and to answer Q&A.

Our thanks to co-sponsors, KVMR.


September 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Open Book’s event center hosts a diverse array of concerts, readings, and lectures, in an intimate setting with book- and wood-backed acoustics. Want to book an event? We have a 12′ by 8′ stage, a high-end PA with XLR and quarter-inch hook-ups, and capacity for 80 fans.