Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series

The University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcasing scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.


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Poet and Author Claudia Rankine

February 4, 2021 - An Evening with Poet and Author Claudia Rankine (Virtual Event)

February 4, Claudia Rankine, nationally renowned poet and Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, shared from her work “Citizen: An American Lyric.”

In “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Rankine boldly recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. She argues that some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

Claudia Rankine is the author of six collections of poetry, including “Citizen: An American Lyric,” three plays, and a contributor to numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies. 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 & 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.

To learn more about Rankine, visit claudiarankine.com.

This program was presented by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series; UWF Office of Equity and Diversity; and the UWF Kugelman Honors Program. Funding for this event comes in part from the John C. Pace Symposium Series.
 
The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series will continue to offer intellectually engaging programs like this one during fall and spring, 2021-2022. Revisit this page for more information. 

 

2020-2021 Installments

  • September 17, 2020

  • "Navigating Creativity in Times of Change: The Artist’s Perspective”
  • via Zoom (Registration required)
  • Program has been rescheduled to the October 14th installment. 

October 14, 2020

 


Installment Sponsors and Partners

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series is presented and sponsored by the UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and UWF Equity & Diversity. It is also funded in part, by the John C. Pace Symposium Series.

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