An Evening With Claudia Rankine & Rebecca Carroll

Event starts Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 p.m. EST In Just Us: An American Conversation, Claudia Rankine looks at what it takes to stay in the room together, breaching the […]


An Evening With Claudia Rankine & Rebecca Carroll

Authors:Rebecca Carroll, Claudia Rankine


Event starts Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 p.m. EST

In Just Us: An American Conversation, Claudia Rankine looks at what it takes to stay in the room together, breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. The Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University – also the author of six collections of poetry and a former National Endowment for the Arts fellow – will explore precisely what that is with New York public radio WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll, author of the forthcoming memoir Surviving the White Gaze.

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Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca Carroll is a writer, creative consultant, and host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll: 15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America (WNYC Studios). Most recently, she was a cultural critic at WNYC, and a critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, Ebony, Essence, the Guardian, and New York magazine, among many other publications. She’s the author of several books about race in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, and Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and teenage son.

Claudia Rankine

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Claudia Rankine is the author of three collections of poetry: Nothing in Nature Is Private, The End of the Alphabet, and Plot. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Challenging everyday white supremacy presents its own challenges. In Just Us (Graywolf Press) Claudia Rankine looks at what it takes to stay in the room together, breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness. Her questions disrupt the false comfort of our culture’s liminal and private spaces. Her arrangement of essays, poems, and images includes the voices and rebuttals of others, all running alongside fact-checked notes and commentary that complements Rankine’s own text. In a starred review, the Library Journal noted that  “Rankine seeks to find a space beyond white defensiveness and guilt where meaningful discussions can take place. . . . A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.”

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