Not In Our Town Princeton


Was Charlottesville the Exception or the Rule?

Poet and essayist, Claudia Rankine, answers the question in her New York Times piece. “The horror we seem to only now be noticing is an effect of our country’s longstanding commitment to white supremacy. But I am unclear about when…

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Poet Rankine to give Holmes Lecture ‘On Whiteness and the Racial Imaginary Institute’ Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5 p.m.

Poet Claudia Rankine, visiting professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will give the annual Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes Lecture “On Whiteness and the Racial Imaginary Institute” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 1,…

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Claudia Rankine: why I’m spending $625,000 to study whiteness

Poet and MacArthur genius grant winner Claudia Rankine explains her motivation and plans for the Racial Imaginary Institute. “She wants it to be a ‘space which allows us to show art, to curate dialogues, have readings, and talk about the…

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‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ by Claudia Rankine

In the New York Times, poet and professor Claudia Rankine says, “Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that…

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