Claudia Rankine stands wearing a long-sleeved, fuchsia top and multicolored scarf against a blank wall

Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures 2022

Presenter: Renowned Poet Claudia Rankine

April 6, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m.
First Lecture
David Rubenstein Forum, Friedman Hall

April 13, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Second Lecture
David Rubenstein Forum, Friedman Hall 

April 14, 2022
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Third Lecture
David Rubenstein Forum, Friedman Hall

About Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine wears a long-sleeved beige top and iridescent purple, mid-length skirt. She sitss on a goldenrod sofa with rust and chocolate colored throw pillows. She rests her chin on her right hand, with her elbow against her knee.

Claudia Rankine is a past recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” and 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; and 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 New York University as a Professor of Creative Writing in Fall 2021.

The Humanities in Practice

The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures bring to campus individuals who are making fundamental contributions to the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences.

Each visitor offers an extended series of 3–5 lectures and develops a book for publication with the University of Chicago Press.