Things Unseen: Race in America Today

Friday, March 23, 2018 4:00PM
Ruth Caplin Theatre

Things Unseen: Race in America Today
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Performed in the Ruth Caplin Theatre, on Grounds at UVa.

Hosted by: UVa Arts through a Faculty Research Grant for the Arts, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and UVa Department of Drama

The Virginia Festival of the Book, produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, presents Things Unseen: Race in America Today on Friday, March 23 at 4 pm in the Ruth Caplin Theatre. All tickets are general admission and are free.

Garnette Cadogan, Kima Jones, and Kevin Young discuss their contributions to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, exploring and reacting to race in America in a present-day response to James Baldwin’s 1963 examination, The Fire Next Time. The Fire This Time is comprised of short essays, memoir, and poems that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a “post-racial” society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront.

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