Loyola University Maryland

Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

MLK Convocation 2016 presents

The office of academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland invites you to save the date for the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall featuring Claudia Rankine, distinguished guest and author.

Claudia Rankine is one of the nation’s most interesting and powerful voices on race in America today. Her work spans various genres, including visual arts and the essay, and draws on everyday experience, popular culture, and history to create a compelling portrait of what it means to be a member of the American community.

An award-winning, Jamaican-born poet, Rankine’s fifth book, Citizen: An American Lyric, published last year, received the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen won the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. Citizen is the winner of the Hurston/Wright 2015 Legacy Award, finalist for the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and was selected as an NPR Best Book of 2014.

Rankine has become known for her “American lyrics:” powerful, inventive meditations on everyday racial experience in American life, infused by long legacies of violence up through and beyond Ferguson, Mo. The cover of Citizen is a haunting image of the empty top of a hoodie, reminiscent of the death of Trayvon Martin and American loss. Her talk will help the Loyola community sustain a conversation on race on campus and in Baltimore and the greater community.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Registration opens Dec. 7 and attendees are encouraged to obtain tickets by Monday, Jan. 11.