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Inside Scoop with Poet Claudia Rankine

Event Type
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana)
Apr 24, 2019   12:00 pm  
Claudia Rankine, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University
Free and open to undergraduate students.

Intended for students from across the campus, Inside Scoop conversations invite Illinois undergraduates to engage with the exciting work conducted by scholars whose work helps us understand what it means to be human in a world of rapidly shifting global complexities. These sessions offer an opportunity for all interested undergrads, no matter their majors, to engage with creative minds in the humanities.

Lunch will be served.

Please note: this event is at the new location of BNAACC at the corner of Mathews and Nevada, across the street from the Foreign Languages Building (FLB).


Claudia 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 Theatre) and will be published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. 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 and 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 is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center.

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