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Common Read Lecture: If Beale Street Could Talk

Dr. Farah Griffin of Columbia University will deliver a lecture about Baldwin, the book and its meanings today. There will be a reception following the lecture.

Dr. Griffin's (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D.,Yale) major fields of interest are American and African American literature, music, history and politics. The recipient of numerous honors and awards for her teaching and scholarship, in 2006-2007 Professor Griffin was a fellow at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She is the author of 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 Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever (Thomas Dunne, 2008).

Thursday, October 24 at 2:00pm

J.C. Penney Building / Conference Center (JCP), Auditorium
1 University Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63121-4400