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Claudia Rankine Reading and Lecture- Just Us: An American Conversation
Join acclaimed author, playwright, poet and multimedia artist Claudia Rankine for a reading and lecture based on her timely new book, Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). In a series of essays that mix text and visuals, Rankine questions what it means to interrogate white privilege, liberal politics, white male aggression and much more.

Coming the day after the U.S. presidential election, this virtual event, like Rankine’s intimate book, promises to bring us into a necessary conversation about what we don’t know. As Rankine says, “It’s all right to not know; it’s what you do with your not-knowing.”

Organized by Professor Allison Coudert, Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco Chair in the History of Religion; Professor Katie Peterson, director of the Creative Writing Program; and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum and 23 UC Davis co-sponsors.

Co-sponsors:
Campus Community Relations (Campus Community Book Project and Diversity and Inclusion Education Program)
Campus Council on Community and Diversity (CCC&D)
Center for African Diaspora Student Success (CADSS)
Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspective on Social Science, Arts, and Humanities (CAMPSSAH)
Creative Writing Program, Department of English
Cultural Studies Graduate Group
Department of African American and African Studies
Department of American Studies
Department of Art and Art History
Department of Comparative Literature
Department of History
Department of Political Science
Department of Religious Studies
Feminist Research Institute
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Public Scholarship and Engagement
Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) Center, School of Education
UC Davis African Continuum
UC Davis College of Letters and Science
UC Davis Humanities Institute
UC Davis Library
UC Davis School of Law

Nov 4, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Claudia Rankine
A New York Times bestselling poet, Rankine has received numerous awards, including 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.