One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience, an examination he will bring to the Amp stage to close Chautauqua Lecture Series’ week on “Many Americas: Navigating Our Divides.” 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.
Glaude’s Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own is also designated a 2021 selection for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. Details for a CLSC program featuring Glaude in conversation with Chautauqua Director of Literary Arts Sony Ton-Aime will be announced later this spring.
Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. A highly accomplished and respected scholar of religion, Glaude is a former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction, and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize.
Glaude holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University.
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