Things Unseen: Race in America Today

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Sponsored by: UVa Arts through a Faculty Research Grant for the Arts, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the UVa Department of Drama


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Garnette Cadogan, Kima Jones, and Kevin Young discuss their contributions to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, exploring and reacting to race in America in a present-day response to James Baldwin’s 1963 examination, The Fire Next Time.

The Fire This Time is comprised of short essays, memoir, and poems that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a “post-racial” society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront.

Tickets: This program is free to attend, but tickets must be reserved through UVA Arts Box Office. Please click the Get Tickets button below to reserve your free tickets to this program.

Why should you attend?

“[W]hat The Fire This Time does best is to affirm the power of literature and its capacity for reflection and imagination, to collectively acknowledge the need for a much larger conversation, to understand these split-second actions in present, past, and future tense, the way that stories impel us to do. This is a book that seeks to place the shock of our own times into historical context and, most importantly, to move these times forward.”—Vogue

The Fire This Time is a powerful, rewarding read that gets to the heart of what it means to be black in America today.”—The Root

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