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Common Book Read

Citizen book coverThis summer, all incoming first-year undergraduates will receive a free copy of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine as part of Colorado College's Common Book Read program. 

Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.

Students should prepare to engage in group dialogue in reflection with their FYE course on Monday, August 21, 2017 following the Capstone Speaker address from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch will be provided and can be picked up in the Armstrong Lobby. FYE Mentors will lead their group to assigned classroom.