ANN ARBOR – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents a series of events from January 16 to 18. The events will feature award-winning authors and professors Claudia Rankine and Junot Díaz, who will speak about their books and experiences with race in America.
Monday, January 16
Claudia Rankine on Citizen
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium
Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine will discuss her bestselling book Citizen: An American Lyric. A book signing will follow the event.
Tuesday, January 17
Claudia Rankine: Racism and the Scholar-activist
10 a.m., ISR Building at 426 Thompson St., Room 1430 in Ann Arbor
Claudia Rankine will present her recent work on American racism. Her talk will be followed by a cross-disciplinary discussion on racism and the scholar-activism.
Wednesday, January 18
An Afternoon with Junot Díaz
12 p.m., Rackham Auditorium
Junot Díaz will discuss his bestselling books and his experiences as an activist. A Q&A and reception will follow the event.
All events are free and open to the public; no registration is required. If you need accommodations to attend any of these events or have any questions, please contact Anna Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-763-9989.
The Rankine events are co-sponsored the U-M Institute for the Humanities. The Díaz event is co-sponsored by the following U-M organizations: the Institute for the Humanities, the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, the LSA Latina/o Studies Program, LSA American Culture, LSA Comparative Literature, and the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion.
By Kory Zhao