The Power of the Written Word

Join us for four deeply personal classes that share language’s power to shape – and transform – the world.

Hosted by Nicholas Buccola – writer, lecturer, and teacher specializing in the area of American political thought, and author of The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America – each live, online session shares the intimate perspectives and experiences of a powerful writer and thinker, someone passionate about the powerful ways that the written word present ideas and changes lives.

Explore these Five Things I’ve Learned sessions – with Eddie S. Glaude Jr. David W. Blight, Roosevelt Montás, and Myisha Cherry – now or anytime.


Series tickets available now, directly from this page.

GET SERIES TICKETS HERE: Scroll down, register, and get all access to four Power of the Written Word sessions – for just $80.00.

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(Can’t make a live session? You can view the archive of each event as soon as it concludes.)

Follow the links below to explore the classes in this series.

Then, return to this page and to the registration form below to secure all four classes for a single discounted ticket price.


Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.

Five Things I've Learned About

America’s Past, and Its Urgent Lessons for Today

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, author, and professor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about keeping connected to the voices and visions of our country’s past – and about James Baldwin’s America and its urgent lessons for our own.

David W. Blight

David W. Blight

Five Things I've Learned About

The Challenges and Triumphs of Writing Biography

View the archive of this 90-minute class from acclaimed teacher, scholar and public historian David W. Blight and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the ways that biography can help us better learn about thinking, writing, and living well.

Roosevelt Montás

Roosevelt Montás

Five Things I've Learned About

Self-Transformation, by Reading Ancient Books

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, author, and professor Roosevelt Montás and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the transforming power of the Great Books—and why the ideas and passions within these ancient sources still possess the power to make and remake our lives today.

Myisha Cherry

Myisha Cherry

Five Things I've Learned About

The Social Uses of Anger

View the archive of this 90-minute class from writer, author, and professor Myisha Cherry and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the essential roles that rage and anger play in public life – and in our principled responses to all forms of social injustice.

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