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Has Trump’s Election Lit the Fire?

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. - James Baldwin. “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. We will read and discuss We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World Publishing, 2017) where he explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” We will also read The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Vintage, 1992) to reveal just how little has changed between the races in this country since 1963, when he published this coolly impassioned plea to “end the racial nightmare.” We will also watch the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary on Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro. Discussion questions and other material will be sent by email which may include attachments and links. Note: No class on 05/28/18

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.John Fuller2.Paul Groundwater 



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Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 05/28/2018)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/5/2018 - 6/4/2018 Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Paul Groundwater  ; John Fuller  ClassRoom