The Great Debate: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley and the Civil Rights Revolution | University of Oxford

The Great Debate: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley and the Civil Rights Revolution

Series
Open Friday
Speaker
Nicholas Buccola - Linfield College, Raphaël Lambert - Kansai University
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
Rothermere American Institute
1A South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3UB
Venue details

Downstairs seminar room

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
No
Booking required
Not required

On 18 February 1965, a packed Cambridge Union witnessed a televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., a fierce critic of the movement and America’s most influential conservative intellectual. The subject was “the American dream is at the expense of the American Negro”.

Nicholas Buccola and Raphaël Lambert will revisit this historic occasion and discuss its continuing relevance to the persistent racial divide in the US, accompanied by screenings from the original debate.

The event will introduce Buccola’s The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (Princeton, 2019).