Citizen: Artistic, Literary, and Political Conversations on Race

A Symposium with Author Claudia Rankine

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This event was co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and the Arts Artistic Excellence Programming Grant

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photo of claudia rankinYale Professor Claudia Rankine has emerged as a premier writer on race and social justice. In Citizen: An American Lyric, she reflects on racial inequalities through personal, professional, and artistic lenses. She "recounts mounting racial aggressions . . . in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time.” Citizen was awarded The National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.

The symposium featured a reading and presentation from author, Claudia Rankine, followed by a question and answer session. 

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  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm: Small group workshop with students
  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm: Reading from Rankine, followed by a Q&A session