Reader Series

Reader Series: A Year of James Baldwin

With: 
Michelle R. Smith

James Baldwin was a remarkable novelist, a legendary essayist, a civil rights activist, and one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Baldwin once said, "You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you can’t, but also knowing literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter even but a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it." Join this class and allow the months of reading, analyzing, and marveling at Baldwin’s insight and eloquence transform your thinking and feelings about race, America, history, love, hate, and much more.

About Reader Series

Reader series classes take you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work.

Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read the books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a master class or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.

This class takes place remotely online via Zoom. Register to receive the zoom link and class instructions.


Session 1

Jan 9: Go Tell It on the Mountain

Feb 13: Notes of a Native Son

Mar 13: Giovanni's Room

Apr 10: Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son

Session 2

May 8: Another Country

June 10: The Fire Next Time

July 12: Going to Meet the Man

Aug 14: Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

Session 3

Sep 11: No Name in the Street

Oct 9: If Beale Street Could Talk

Nov 13: Just Above My Head

Dec 11: Additional materials

Saturday, January 9, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, February 13, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, March 13, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, April 10, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, May 8, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, June 12, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, July 10, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, August 14, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, September 11, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, October 9, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, November 13, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:00 am
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12:00 pm
Class Level:
All Levels
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Michelle R. Smith

Michelle R. Smith is a writer, blogger, educator, and cultural facilitator working out of Twinsburg. She is the author of the poetry collection Ariel in Black (Guide to Kulchur Press), and her work has been published in poemmemoirstory, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, and The Normal School. She is the creator of BLAX MUSEUM, an annual performance showcase dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture.

Remote online via Zoom

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