Citizen: Reflections on the Humanities and Civic Life

Citizen: Reflections on the Humanities and Civic Life
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27 Oct 12:50 - 14:30

Millsaps College, 1701 N State St

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Citizen: Reflections on the Humanities and Civic Life with Claudia Rankine
Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine will read from her acclaimed work Citizen, which was the 2016 summer reading assignment for first-year Millsaps students. Free and open to the public, this reading will begin at 12:50pm in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall on the Millsaps campus. Rankine will sign copies of her books beforehand, beginning at 12:20pm. Lemuria Bookstore will be on hand with books for purchase. A reception will follow.

As a prelude to this event, the Mississippi Experimental Music Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jason Rosenberg, will perform “Boots on the Ground,” a choreographed work inspired in part by Citizen.

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 Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Support for this Friday Forum event comes from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Millsaps Visiting Writers Series, the Office of the Provost of the College, the Millsaps Chisholm Fund, and the Millsaps Institute for Civic and Professional Engagement.

This event will take place in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

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