Rhodes College is thrilled to welcome acclaimed author, Yale
University professor, and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recipient
Claudia Rankine to campus. Rankine’s most recent book, 2014’s
bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book
Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and
numerous other prizes. This book – which will form the basis of
her remarks – engages America’s painful and complex history
of race, citizenship, and policing in ways that invoke the past
and speak profoundly to the #BlackLivesMatter moment. In this
necessary and provocative conversation, Rankine will demand a
reckoning with our past and a reimagining of our future.
An opening reception will be held at 4:30 in the lobby of McNeill Concert Hall, with books available to purchase. A closing reception and booksigning will follow the event in the lobby of the bookstore.
This event is free and open to the public.