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Providence College “The Great Debate: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley on Slavery and the American Dream,” September 16 at 3:00 p.m.
September 16, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On September 16, 2022, the Frederick Douglass Project at Providence College will hold a screening and discussion of the famed 1965 Cambridge University debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, “Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?”:
“Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” This was the question set before two of “Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?” This was the question set before two of America’s leading writers and intellectuals in this 1965 Cambridge University debate, which pitted the African American novelist and essayist James Baldwin against National Review founder and conservative heavyweight William F. Buckley. The ensuing debate—over America’s founding promise, its stained history, its unparalleled achievements, its complex present and uncertain future—resonates today every bit as much as in 1965. Please join us for a viewing and lively discussion of this timeless and timely inquiry into American opportunity and the legacy of slavery.
Friday, September 16, 2022 • 3:00 PM EDT
Ruane 105 • Providence College
From the program
The Frederick Douglass Project is an initiative of the Humanities Program at Providence College, with support from the Jack Miller Center, which aims to cultivate in students the skills of reasoned debate and persuasion necessary for a healthy and free society. The Frederick Douglass Project promotes a greater understanding of the importance of rational disputation and persuasion in our democracy, and offers students the opportunity to practice those arts. To that end, it sponsors a series of speaker events and writing workshops culminating in a persuasive Essay & Public Speaking contest held in the Spring semester.
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