The Life and Writing of James Baldwin

Public Scholars Project
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 7:00 pm

The influence of writer and social critic James Baldwin reached far and wide. In this unique exploration of Baldwin’s groundbreaking literary and social justice work, actor/comic Grant Cooper and scholar Dr. Lindsey Swindall engage participants in an interactive dialogue that unravels the truths of racism in this country and examines other themes in Baldwin’s writings. Mr. Cooper’s dramatic interpretations of Baldwin’s writing are complemented by historical context from Dr. Swindall, leading to thought provoking questions that spark audience participation.
Grant Cooper has been performing at comedy clubs in and around New York City for over twenty years. As an actor, he is an alumnus of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, has acted in national television commercials, and started a repertory theater for original works by African American playwrights in the 1990s.
Dr. Swindall completed her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has taught at numerous colleges across the country. Her books include: The Politics of Paul Robeson’s Othello, a biography of Robeson, Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art, and a book on early civil rights activism, The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955. She has also co-edited the book American Appetites: A Documentary Reader and published the article “Looking Through Prism Optics: Toward an Understanding of Michelle Obama’s Food Reform.” You can follow her blog on contemporary issues here:
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.