In l960, James Baldwin published The Fire Next Time, (Vintage International, 1998), the well-known view of himself in America. Lesser known are the writings on this subject by Ta-Nehisi Coates, perhaps Baldwin’s early 21st century successor, in Between the World and Me (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015). And perhaps even less familiar is Native American Janet Campbell Hale’s book, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native American Daughter (Random House, 1993). This semester we will explore these writers’ views of themselves in the specific places and the America they call home. This exploration will offer us the chance to navigate perspectives new and unfamiliar to us. Baldwin’s Black society before and during the Civil Rights movement; Coates’ counsel to his son about being Black in today’s America; and Janet Hale’s early Native American life. We will tie these perspectives together with our own to see where they converge and separate. Join us for in-depth discussions of life in America as lived at a distance from privilege.