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History and the American Imagination: Claudia Rankine & Sarah Blake

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Join Humanities New York for an annual public conversation featuring Claudia Rankine and Sarah Blake on the ways in which American history has so deeply informed our society and culture, and also the ways in which some Americans’ memories sometimes have little to do with actual history. The conversation will be moderated by HNY board member Deva Woodly.

Following the event, Humanities New York will host a unique “table for 40” with our guests Claudia Rankine and Sarah Blake at Da Umberto Restaurant.

All proceeds will support Humanities New York’s programs, which reach over one million New Yorkers annually across the state.


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Claudia Rankine is the author of The White Card: A Play (2019) and five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For her book Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories); and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.


Sarah Blake is the author of Full Turn, a chapbook of poems, Runaway Girls, an artist book in collaboration with the artist, Robin Kahn, and three novels: Grange House; and the New York Times Bestsellers, The Postmistress, and The Guest Book. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, the poet Joshua Weiner, and their two sons.


Deva Woodly, moderator, is an HNY Board Member and Associate Professor of Politics at The New School. A former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (2012–2013), she is the author of The Politics of Common Sense: How Social Movements Use Public Discourse to Change Politics and Win Acceptance (Oxford 2015). Her current book projects are #BlackLivesMatter and the Democratic Necessity of Social Movements, an examination of the ways that social movements re-politicize public life in times of political despair, and What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy, a broad investigation of American economic discourse and its implications for politics and policy in the post-Great Recession era. Woodly holds a Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Chicago.

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