Manetti Shrem Museum presents Just Us: An American Conversation with Claudia Rankine

Join acclaimed author, playwright, poet and multimedia artist Claudia Rankine for a reading and lecture based on her timely new book, Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). In a series of essays that mix text and visuals, Rankine questions what it means to interrogate white privilege, liberal politics, white male aggression and much more.

Coming the day after the U.S. presidential election, this virtual event, like Rankine’s intimate book, promises to bring us into a necessary conversation about what we don’t know. As Rankine says, “It’s all right to not know; it’s what you do with your not-knowing.”

Rankine is the co-founder of the Racial Imaginary Institute as well as the author of five poetry collections including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and the play “The White Card.”

Wednesday’s program is organized by Professor Allison Coudert, the Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco chair in the history of religion; Professor Katie Peterson, director of the creative writing program; and the Manetti Shrem Museum.