Claudia Rankine Just US: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine, an award-winning author, playwright, poet and multimedia artist, comes to UC Davis, virtually, on Nov. 4 for a reading and lecture based on her new book, “Just Us: An American Conversation,” which is being hailed as a must-read book this fall, and her “magnum opus.” Her previous book, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” a meditation on race relations in the United States, is widely considered one of the most influential books of our age. In revelatoryand ingeniously written 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 onlineevent, 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.”“Just Us: An American Conversation,” takes place November 4, 4 PM PST, on Zoom. Register at manettishrem.org (link in bio).Organized by Professor Allison Coudert, Paul A. and Marie Castelfranco Chair in the History of Religion; Professor Katie Peterson, director of the Creative Writing Program; and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, and 23 UC Davis co-sponsors.