RESCHEDULED: Conceptions of White Keynote Lecture: Claudia Rankine

When and Where

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Claudia Rankine


PLEASE NOTE: This event was supposed to take place Wednesday, March 1. It's been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21. We apologize for any inconvience.

Join award-winning poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine for a keynote lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Conceptions of White. Rankine will share her own research into racial constructs and Whiteness within (art) institutions, expanding on and reflecting additional perspectives on the study of White identity.

Presented in partnership with the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, and the Canadian Art Museum Directors Association of Canada/Organisation des directeurs des musées d’art Canadiens (CAMDO-ODMAC).

This event is free and is open to the public. Register on Eventbrite.

About the Speaker

Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her recent collection of essays, Just Us: An American Conversation, was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, Rankine co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Claudia Rankine joined the NYU Creative Writing Program in Fall 2021. She lives in New York.


Jackman Humanities Institute, Canadian Art Museum Directors Association of Canada/Organisation des directeurs des musées d’art Canadiens