On Thurs, July 9, The Pomona College Humanities Studio welcomes Claudia Rankine to present “Reading Citizen in a Time of Protest.”
In this episode of our “Texts for These Times” series, poet and former Pomona College faculty member Rankine returns to the text of her acclaimed book Citizen to help us think about poetry, protest, and the current moment.
Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including "Citizen: An American Lyric" and "Don’t Let Me Be Lonely"; two plays including "The White Card," which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and "Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue"; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, "Just Us: An American Conversation," is a collection of essays forthcoming with Graywolf Press in September 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including "The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind." 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. She teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
How to take part in the event:
Visit the Humanities Studio Zoom Lounge at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday.
Guests are invited to submit questions or comments through the Q&A field throughout the presentation. Please note that questions may be read aloud with or without mention of your name.