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Keynote Lecture: Claudia Rankine

A program of:
Conceptions of White

Tuesday, March 21
6pm–8pm EST
Online on Zoom

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Join award-winning poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine for a keynote lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Conceptions of White. Rankine will share her own research into racial constructs and Whiteness within (art) institutions, expanding on and reflecting additional perspectives on the study of White identity. 
This event is free and is open to the public.

About the Speaker
Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be LonelyAn American Lyric; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her recent collection of essays, Just Us: An American Conversation, was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, Rankine 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. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Claudia Rankine joined the NYU Creative Writing Program in Fall 2021. She lives in New York. (

Title and Page Image: Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.


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