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Poet Claudia Rankine to talk with students, community members about race and social justice.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a sponsor of the Denver Talks initiative, a citywide initiative using author/poet Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric, to engage in conversations about race and social justice.  A 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Rankine “has become a critical voice in current conversations about racial violence through essays, lectures, and a co-created series of short films.”


The Denver Talks initiative will include book clubs, arts event and free community events featuring on-stage conversations between Rankine and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock


Stack of Claudia Rankine's Book Citizen

Community event with Mayor Hancock and Claudia Rankine

Wednesday, Nov 15,

6:30-8:30 pm


1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202


Student event with Mayor Hancock and Claudia Rankine at Auraria

Thursday, Nov 16

12:30-1:30 pm

Tivoli Turnhalle

900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204


MSU Denver students are encouraged to read book, which features essays, poetry and artwork on racism and race relations in contemporary America, engage in discussions and attend the conversation with the mayor and author on Nov 16. This event is free, open to the campus community and is your opportunity to engage with Hancock and Rankine on how to build a more diverse and inclusive Denver.


Free copies of Citizen are available at various community events and venues (  Copies are available for checkout at the Auraria Library and Denver Public Library branches (print, eBook and audio editions available; book club kits to help facilitate discussion are also available at DPL branches).  Copies are available via a Student Activities book club by calling 303-615-0606.  Copies are available for purchase at all Tattered Cover locations.


Other higher education administrators attest to the impact of these events:

"Our classroom has actually become a safer space for difficult conversations because of our access to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. In a group that includes visiting international students, kids from the Detroit suburbs, from real Detroit and Compton, senior English majors and first-year pre-med students, people both queer and straight, Christians, Buddhists, and devout atheists, we've managed to come to a place in which we can really talk to each other. In our little room, at least, with Rankine’s text as a provocation and
a guide, we have found a way to be citizens."

Diane Seuss, Kalamazoo College

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