Literature Program

Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m.


James Baldwin's America - Reading & Discussion Program

March 19 to April 30, 2019 - Six Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30pm


"As is the inevitable result of things unsaid, we find ourselves until today oppressed with a dangerous and reverberating silence," James Baldwin wrote in the essay "Many Thousands Gone." The essay was part of Baldwin's first, most powerful collection Notes of A Native Son, first published 60 years ago.

Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and C.S.1 Curatorial Projects is hosting a Reading & Discussion Program on James Baldwin's America for six sessions from March 19 to April 30, 2019, on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Canisius philosophy professor and community activist Heron Simmons-Price will be facilitating this discussion. Read his biography here.

Funded by Humanities New York this program encourages friends, colleagues, and strangers to "make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection."

This Reading & Discussion Program grew out planning around Nick Cave PLENTY: A Citywide Celebration of Buffalo, the vision of the Chicago based artist best known for his Soundsuits "to introduce Buffalo to Buffalo" via collaborative art making. The goal is to have people "sit or dance side by side" and through getting to know one another build relationships across Buffalo's vibrant, yet siloed immigrant communities, both old and new. Communicating via the arts is a safe and meaningful platform to find and build common ground.

Please email to confirm your participation in the series. This discussion is intimate and can accommodate about 15 people.

Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • March 19: Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, 14202
  • March 26: North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Rd, Buffalo, 14216
  • April 2: Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, 14208
    (Note: skipping April 9)
  • April 16: Duende, Silo City, 85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, 14203
  • April 23: School #77, 429 Plymouth Ave, Buffalo, 14213
  • April 30: Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, 14202
*We are purposely working to meet in different Buffalo locations neighborhoods - east, west, north & south.

The texts in each series will vary: novels, poems, speeches, memoirs, and essays; works of history, philosophy, religion, criticism, movies, and visual art. A list of texts will be provided in advance of the first meeting.

For more information on Humanities New York's Reading & Discussion Groups.

Introductory essay by project scholar Lawrie Balfour lays out the scope of the series as well as Baldwin's relevance to contemporary American Society.

PLEASE NOTE: The program is FREE and loaner books will be provided. We can also help facilitate rides as needed.

More information on C.S.1 Curatorial Projects
More information on Nick Cave PLENTY

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Grant

Also at HALLWALLS this Spring: Alexandria Smith
Friday, March 15 — Friday, April 26
Alexandria Smith is a mixed media visual artist and co-organizer of the collective, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM). She earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, MA in Art Education from New York University, and MFA in Painting and Drawing from Parsons The New School for Design. Alexandria lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Wellesley, MA.

PLENTY MISSION STATEMENT: Led by acclaimed international artist Nick Cave, PLENTY is the multi-arts, multi-generational collaborative artmaking experience teaming higher education, schools, neighborhood organizations, cultural groups, local artists, and families with the goal of creating new pathways toward a more equitable Buffalo.