Residential colleges present ’Citizen: An American Lyric’ Nov. 1

Vanderbilt’s residential colleges will present a live reading of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine on Sunday, Nov. 1. The reading, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sacs, will feature six Vanderbilt undergraduate students and is part of the faculty-led series, Stories of Race and Identity.

Sarah Igo, Andrew Jackson Professor of History and faculty head of E. Bronson Ingram College, will join the six students following the performance to moderate a Q&A session. The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the E. Bronson Ingram College Great Room. Seating in this venue will be arranged for physical distancing, thus space is limited. Masks will be required at all times for all participants. Students should RSVP on Anchor Link to attend in person. Viewers also can livestream the event on YouTube.

“We are thrilled to be presenting one of the most powerful recent literary works on race and racism in America here at Bronson College,” Igo said. “A terrifically talented group of students has worked to shape a unique staging of Rankine’s poem, and I expect it to be one of the most engaging and memorable events of this unusual fall semester.”

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A Live Reading of "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine