Citizen: Artistic, Literary, and Political Conversations on Race

A Symposium with Author Claudia Rankine

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

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This event is 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 features a reading and presentation from Rankine, followed by a question and answer session. The event serves to bring together students, professors, and staff to exchange ideas and to learn from one another. In particular, the event provides an entry point into inequality from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Symposium participants will also learn through the experience of hearing Rankine speak in the moment, and through the educational experiences of the symposium itself. Read more on the Author Bio: Claudia Rankine.

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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