James Baldwin: "The Devil Finds Work"

James Baldwin at the Crossroads

"The Devil Finds Work" with E. Ethelbert Miller


Thu, September 26, 2024 


The Devil Finds Work

Eaton House

1203 K St. NW
Washington DC 20005

For, I have seen the devil, by day and night, and have seen him in you and in me…

James Baldwin

During these difficult times, we find ourselves searching for a moral voice to guide us out of darkness and despair. James Baldwin was that voice when our nation celebrated its Bicentennial in 1976 and Baldwin published his book on film, The Devil Finds Work. 

In 2024, we revisit and reexamine a book in which a writer looks at the powerful images of film and how they shape a nation’s identity and perhaps prevent us from loving the stranger as well as ourselves. 

Meet the Lecturer

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E. Ethelbert Miller

Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and author of two memoirs and several poetry collections. He hosts the WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and hosts and produces The Scholars on UDC-TV, which received a 2020 Telly Award. Miller is Associate Editor and a columnist for The American Book Review. He was given a 2020 Congressional Award from Congressman Jamie Raskin in recognition of his literary activism, awarded the 2022 Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and named a 2023 Grammy Nominee Finalist for Best Spoken Word Poetry Album. Miller’s latest book is How I Found Love Behind the Catcher's Mask, published by City Point Press (2022).

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About Eaton House

Eaton House is a coworking and artistic activation space within Eaton DC. With various membership levels, as well as public programming, Eaton House is a space for makers, innovators, and creative community. 

About The Alan Cheuse International Writer's Center

The BALDWIN100 is a collaborative arts, scholarship and cultural project managed by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center encompassing a year-long series of initiatives designed to convene a wider Washington area audience to engage deeply with James Baldwin’s work. By celebrating Why Baldwin Matters, the Center highlights a global Baldwin, whose impact on American intellectual and cultural life holds promise for a just world.

Strathmore extends its gratitude to AARP for supporting our two-month series of events celebrating the legacy of James Baldwin.