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Podcast: “Dear Baldwin”

February 12, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

Part of the Process Series, Dear Baldwin: A Podcast is hosted, created, and written by Dr. Sharon P. Holland, Chair of the Department of American Studies, and local activist Delores Chandler. This performance will take the form of a live taping of a podcast exploring the intersection of race and LGBTQ issues. This podcast imagines a conversation between call-in guests and James Baldwin as a “Dear Abby” for the digital age.

The work of James Baldwin, famed civil rights activist, novelist, essayist, and political icon, has had a resurgence in the last decade. While much has been made of his civil rights work of late and a generation of youth now know him through this lens, the creators of this podcast want to explore the deep structure of his presence in the LGBTQ community. Dear Baldwin is several things all at once – it is a homage to his myriad essays, it is a call to an imagined audience to converse with him for advice, and it is an opportunity for folks to put their racial feelings out into the world. If you had a chance to ask James Baldwin a question, what would it be and how would Baldwin respond – what would he do, say or think?

Tickets are free with a $10 suggested donation.



Co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies


February 12, 2022
7:30 pm
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Swain Hall Black Box Theatre
101 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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