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Capstone Address

The Capstone Address is part of the New Student Orientation Common Book Read initiative. Following the address, students will break for small group discussions of the book.

NSO Capstone Speaker 2017 - Claudia Rankine


Claudia Rankine is the author of 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 Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee),the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. 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 New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Date: Monday, August 21, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

WSO Capstone Speaker 2018 - To be announced 


Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Location: Gaylord Hall, Worner Center