A selection of clips featuring Baldwin in discussion and debate with his contemporaries, including William F. Buckley, Marlon Brando, and Harry Belafonte, along with speeches and commentary documented for television—both inside the studio and out—over his long career as America’s foremost insightful and prescient public intellectual.

Discussion features series co-programmer Rich Blint, Darryl Pinckney, and Margo Jefferson.

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new book is Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy.

Margo Jefferson, Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, is a Pulitzer-prize-winning cultural criticand the author of On Michael Jackson and Negroland: A Memoir, which will be published this September by Pantheon.