The Fire Next Time: Race & 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 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

Location: 2134 Allston Way
Dates: Tuesday evenings on 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, & 10/8
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM

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