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St. Olaf College “Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream” with Nicholas Buccola, September 26 at 7pm
September 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream
Lecturer: Nicholas Buccola
Date: Monday, September 26 at 7p.m.
Location: Viking theater; St. Olaf College
In this talk, Nicholas Buccola will use the Constitution’s Preamble as a way into an examination of decades-long debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. about who we are and who we ought to strive to be as Americans, including an examination of the lives and works of these “poets” of their respective movements.
Nicholas Buccola is a writer, lecturer, and teacher who specializes in the area of American political thought. He is the author of The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (Princeton University, 2019) and The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (New York University Press, 2012). He is the editor of The Essential Douglass: Writings and Speeches (Hackett, 2016) and Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy (University Press of Kansas, 2016). He is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield University in McMinnville, Oregon.
At Linfield, he teaches courses in Political Theory and Public Law, coordinates the major in Law, Rights, and Justice, and the Founding Director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. He serves as the Book Review Editor of American Political Thought (Univ. of Chicago Press). His essays have appeared in scholarly journals including The Review of Politics and American Political Thought as well as popular outlets such as The New York Times, Salon, The Baltimore Sun, and Dissent.