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In a Speculative Light: The Arts of James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney

February 20-21, 2020

During the two-day symposium, speakers will present new perspectives on the work of two famous 20th-century Black American artists who were also lifelong friends: the writer James Baldwin and the painter Beauford Delaney. Presenters will offer timely new interpretations of Black arts and identity by analyzing how these artists' lives intersect with the jazz, painting, and literature of their time.

Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the UT Haines Morris Endowment Fund; the UT Hodges Better English Fund; the UT Office of Research; the UT Office of the Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development; and the UT Humanities Center.

Free and open to all UT students, faculty, and staff.

Speakers and topics available at

Friday, February 21 at 8:00am to 5:30pm

Student Union
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion, Visual & Performing Arts


Current Students, Faculty & Staff


Black History Month



College of Arts and Sciences



Contact Name

Amy Elias

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