July 13, 2021
Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. has been awarded the 2021 Stowe Prize. To celebrate the work of Dr. Glaude, and his book “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own,” we have a suite of programs that explore Glaude’s work, James Baldwin, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as they connect with historic and current social justice issues.
The first two programs in this audio series are generously supported by CT Humanities, an organization deeply committed to promoting programs that encourage curiosity, understanding and critical thinking. With grant support from Connecticut Humanities, we invited two scholars to be in conversation with Dr. Glaude. The second conversation is followed by a music soundscape that you can access by returning to the main 2021 Stowe Prize triptych page. Qiana ‘DJ Q-Boogie’ Coachman-Strickland is a Greater Hartford-based Sound Artist and the curator of the playlist for Stowe Prize Soundscape: An Art Project. The Stowe Prize Soundscape is generously supported by Travelers.
Welcome to part 2 of a two-part audio series with Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. who is the recipient of the 2021 Stowe Prize awarded by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford Connecticut to an author for a distinguished book, of fiction or non-fiction, that illuminate critical social justice issues in contemporary society in the United States.
My name is Amy Hufnagel and I am the Director of Programs & Visitor Experience at the Stowe Center. In making this award, we at the Stowe Center recognize In making this award, recognize the value of diversity– to strengthen our communities. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own was selected by a remarkable panel of engaged regional judges who considered over 100 potential recipients.
To celebrate the work of Dr. Glaude, and his book Begin Again, we have a suite of public programs throughout 2021 that explore his work and James Baldwin as they connect with current social and racial justice issues.
This audio series is generously supported by CT Humanities, an organization deeply committed to promoting programs that encourage curiosity, understanding and critical thinking. With grant support from Connecticut Humanities we invited two scholars to be in conversation with Dr. Glaude. The second program, Urgent Lessons For Our Own and Us All: Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., in Conversation with Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin relies on both grant funding and the generosity of individual supporters.
I want to encourage listeners to visit the Stowe Center.org website to read more about the Stowe Prize and the full biographies of both of our program’s speakers as their impact and work is just too robust to do full justice to here.
Today’s interviewer, Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin is the inaugural Chair of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University. She is also the William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Professor Griffin received her B.A. from Harvard and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. Her major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, and history. She has published widely on issues of race and gender, feminism and cultural politics. Griffin is the author of a number of books including Who Set You Flowin’: The African American Migration Narrative (Oxford, 1995), If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday(Free Press, 2001) and Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II (Basic Books, 2013). Her most recent book, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature will be published by W. W. Norton in September.
The Stowe Center is grateful for your work on these important subjects and for your inter-disciplinary approach to history. Thank you for agreeing to be part of this conversation and for going in deep on topics of Black migration, history, and music as they relate to Glaude and his beautiful writing (along side James Baldwin’s beautiful writing!) in Begin Again.
It is my humble and full of respect honor to introduce Stowe Prize Recipient Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., who is an intellectual speaking to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face. In his writings, the country’s complexities, vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view.
Dr. Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He has also written for The New York Times and Time Magazine appears regularly on MSNBC as a voice of reason and perspective. Dr. Glaude thank you for your commitment to speaking, thinking, and writing about the issues that get to the heart of our humanity and evolving history of the United States.