PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW BE PRESENTED AS A WEBINAR.
If you already registered for the in-person program, there is no need to register again. You will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to join the program online.
Through literature, film, and other media, the Writing Injustice Book Group invites the Guilford community to explore the issues of race and inequality that shape our history and our world.
Conversations will be led and facilitated by Hazel V. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Yale University, and Donna Daniels, Ph.D., Vice President, Heron Foundation and Cultural Anthropologist.
Claudia Rankine will join us online to discuss her latest unsettling of racial discourse in the United States, Just Us: An American Conversation. The book is a series of reflections on her encounters with whiteness as it manifests in friends, therapists, students, and passersby.
New York Times Bestselling Poet
MacArthur “Genius” Award Recipient
NBCCA Winner for Criticism
Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; 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 2021. She lives in New Haven, CT.
Copies of Just Us are available for sale at Breakwater Books.
This series is sponsored by Guilford Foundation.