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An Evening with Poet and Author Claudia Rankine
Join us for an evening with Claudie Rankine, nationally renowned poet and Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. Rankine will be sharing from her work “Citizen: An American Lyric.”

In “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Rankine boldly recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. She argues that some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Citizen: An American Lyric,” three plays, and a contributor to numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

To learn more about Rankine, visit claudiarankine.com.

This program is presented by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series; UWF Office of Equity and Diversity; and the UWF Kugelman Honors Program. Funding for this event comes in part from the John C. Pace Symposium Series.

Host and Moderator: Dr. Robin Blynn

The virtual event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

Feb 4, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including Just Us: An American Conversation, Citizen: An American Lyric & Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 at The Shed, NYC, The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/American Repertory Theater) & was published by Graywolf Press in 2019, & Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (FENCE, 2015). In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards & honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, & fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, & the National Endowment of the Arts. She teaches at Yale University.