EventsLowell Lecture — Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

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Lowell Lecture — Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Central Library in Copley Square


This program will happen in-person and over Zoom webinar. In-person registration is once again open until capacity is reached and can be done by visiting the "Registration Instructions" box on this calendar entry. To attend online, please register here.

New York Times Bestselling Author and Princeton professor Dr. Glaude in conversation with Boston Public Library President David Leonard will confront our nation’s history, shedding new light on the complexities of race and democracy.

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Du Bois, "not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful."

Trident Booksellers & Cafe, one of our community bookstore partners, will facilitate an in-person author signing following the the audience Q&A. They are also selling books online here.

About the BPL's COVID-19 health and safety protocols:

  • Program attendees are recommended to wear masks covering the nose and mouth.
  • Read the BPL's latest COVID-19 guidelines for visiting the library.
  • Program performer will remove their mask during the program.

This program is produced in partnership with the GBH Forum Network.

This program is part of the Lowell Lecture Series sponsored by the Lowell Institute.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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