Political Theory

Living the Paradox of Liberty: Three Generations of Black Narrative in America


Through readings from three seminal African American authors (Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ta-Nehisi Coates), conferees investigated what ideas such as liberty and equality mean when inflected by race in contemporary America.


Conference Readings

I Am Not Your Negro. Directed by Raoul Peck. Magnolia Pictures: New York City, 2017. DVD.

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. Boston: Beacon Press, 1955, 1983.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.

Wright, Richard. Native Son. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classic, 2005.