Join us as award-winning author Claudia Rankine delivers the Ellmann Lectures and reads from her own work.

All events at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road, Emory University Campus. Free parking available in the Fishburne Permit Parking deck at 1672 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, 30322. Enter from North Decatur Road.

Books will be for sale at all events, but signings will only take place at the 4:00 p.m. reading and signing on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30 p.m., “A History of Olympia's Maid in Contemporary Poetry”

This lecture will use art historian Denise Murrell's essential research and writing about the unnamed maid figure in Édouard Manet's Olympia (1863) and Saidiya Hartman's concept of "critical fabulations," as springboards to discuss the work of a few contemporary poets who similarly view the archive as a place of intervention. How can poetry reembody and amplify what has been erased by the historical white gaze?

Friday, November 8, 2019
6:30 p.m., “Poets Engaged with Nationalism, Borders and Belonging”

This year's focus for The Racial Imaginary Institute is "Nationalism, Borders, and Belonging."  In an era of resurgent and terrifying ethnic and racial nationalism around the world, how can contemporary writers and artists reimagine the concept of nation itself? What does it mean to belong?

Saturday, November 9, 2019
4:00 p.m., Reading and Signing (Three book limit per person please)


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