Posted on March 10, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Noted novelist Caryl Phillips will speak at Bucknell University on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

His talk will focus on employing the life and legacy of African-American poet, playwright, author and activist James Baldwin as a way to consider the questions surrounding the intersections of African-American art, activism and aesthetics. He will also discuss his personal sense of the ways that African-American artists engage questions of aesthetic excellence and concerns about social justice.

Born on the West Indian island of St. Kitts and raised in Great Britain, Phillips explores and chronicles the experiences of peoples of the African diaspora through his work. Some of his many works include Crossing the River, The Nature of Blood, The Final Passage, Dancing in the Dark and The Lost Child. He has also taught at various universities throughout the country.

His talk is part of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender spring 2016 series. This talk is also being co-sponsored by the Stadler Center for Poetry.


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