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Yale Professor Claudia Rankine book talk on America's struggle with race

Wednesday, Nov. 4

4:00 PM


UC Davis Law – along with more than 20 other campus partners – is the proud co-sponsor of the upcoming event featuring Claudia Rankine, recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the National Book Award. She will read from and discuss her new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, on Nov. 4, 2020.

Just Us is a genre-defying work composed of poems, essays, artworks, photographs, graphs and charts, screen shots of text messages and tweets, and extensive research notes that are integrated into the main text.

Rankine, a professor of poetry in the Yale University departments of English and African American studies, gave a lecture at UC Davis in 2016 in conjunction with her book-length poem Citizen: An American Lyric. That work received the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the NAACP Image Award in poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the PEN American Center USA Literary Award, and was also a finalist for the National Book Award.

The 4 p.m. online reading and discussion is organized by Professor Allison Coudert, Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco Chair in the History of Religion; Professor Katie Peterson, director of the Creative Writing Program; and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum. It will include a welcome by Chancellor Gary S. May. (Register here or at

For more information, please contact Kelley Weiss at