When I received an email with that as the header from my Alma Mater The University of Dayton, I was instantly keyed in. Currently (October 4-7), UD is hosting the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. It’s FemRhet’s 20th anniversary and this is the first time that it has taken place on a Catholic university campus. Over 400 scholars, activists, and advocates for feminism will descend on campus, with Claudia Rankine giving the Keynote on Friday, October 6th.
Claudia Rankine is a Professor of Poetry at Yale University and author of five collections of poetry, two plays, and several edited anthologies. She has received multiple awards for her works including the 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Award and the NAACP Image Award. Cool fact, her book Citizen: An American Lyric is the ONLY book to be doubly nominated for the National Book Award in cultural criticism and poetry. It was also selected by NPR as a Best Book of 2014: “This collection examines everyday encounters with racism in the second person, forcing the reader—regardless of identity—to engage a narrative haunted by the deaths of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Renisha McBride.” I’ve already added it to my Goodreads list =)