Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson

Associate Professor of English; Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute

The Fire Next Time:

Race and Religion in James Baldwin


Many are wondering if it is still possible to dream of an America where people of vastly different backgrounds can live and thrive together. This seminar proposes an actual beginning to the conversation by reading short excerpts from African American writer James Baldwin’s controversial 1963 book The Fire Next Time. Baldwin had deep misgivings about the possibility of racial reconciliation, and the role that religion played in American life. But Baldwin maintained that through a transformation of our common loves and shared hopes that “we can make American what America must become.” Participants will receive a free copy of the book. Pizza will be served.  For more information or to receive a copy of the reading, please contact info@binst.org

Dates: Tuesdays on 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Discussion Schedule:

9/17: No assigned reading, but take a glance at age pp. 54 – 56 and 19 -20. 
9/24:  Pp. 29 – 31, 42 – 44, 91 – 92.
10/1: Pp.  98 -99.
10/8: Pp. 81 – 82, 104 – 105 .

Location: 2134 Allston Way

**This seminar is free and open to all Cal, GTU, and St. Mary’s students.