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Citizen: An American Lyric

2021-2022 Campus Reading Program Book Selection

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine, is SJSU's Campus Reading book for the fall 2021 incoming class of first-year students. Citizen is an innovative work of prose and poetry, words and images; it addresses racial aggressions in our daily lives, and encourages us to reflect on racial inequalities through a personal, professional, and artistic lens. Citizen was the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.

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Race in Urban Spaces

September 8, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:15 pm 

A conversation about themes in "Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion" and "The Confession of Copeland Cane".

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Citizen: Artistic, Literary, and Political Conversations on Race

September 27, 2021 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Co-sponsored with the College of Humanities and the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant, the Campus Reading Program presents a symposium with Claudia Rankine featuring a reading and presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

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