GIRI: James Baldwin and Global Inequality

Throughout the spring semester, GIRI students interrogated the life and work of James Baldwin as an entry point into deeper understanding of global inequality. Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was an essayist, novelist, playwright, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States as well as liberation movements around the world. In addition to readings about Baldwin, the context of global inequality during his productive years, and the ongoing legacy of his work in humanities and social science inequality research, the course will draw upon a recent publication from Jamie McGhee and Adam Hollowell, You Mean It or You Don’t: James Baldwin’s Radical Challenge (Broadleaf Books, 2022).

Crosslisted as: AAAS 425, ECON 436, POLSCI 425, SOCIOL 442, RIGHTS 444