Claudia Rankine & Marilynne Robinson: In Conversation

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Join us in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Esther Freier Endowed Lectures in Literature. Freier talks are always free and open to the public.

The Department of English presents an evening with Claudia Rankine and Marilynne Robinson, two of America's most cogent and inspiring thinkers about our shared culture and history. Rankine is the author of five volumes of poetry, including the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf) which won the 2014 National Book Critic's Circle Award for Poetry and both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, among many other honors. She has also co-edited four books, most recently The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (Fence, 2015), and collaborated on numerous videos. Currently Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Rankine joins the faculty at Yale University this fall.

Robinson has published four novels—Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, and Lila—which together have won a Pulitzer Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and two National Book Critics Circle Awards, among other honors. Her five books of nonfiction include 2015's The Givenness of Things: Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought, which won the 1999 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Robinson has received both the National Humanities Medal (2012) and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction (2016); she retired this spring as the F. Wendell Miller Professor of English and Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Rankine and Robinson will also answer questions and sign books.

Free and open to the public! No tickets or reservations necessary.

Presented by the Freier lectures and the Department of English SEE Budget (Supplies, Equipment, and other Expenses).
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By: University of Minnesota English

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