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FHU to Present Discussion of “Citizen: An American Lyric”

Henderson, Tennessee - Feb 08, 2019

Freed-Hardeman University will present a roundtable discussion of Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book of poetry, “Citizen: An American Lyric,” Monday, Feb. 11, at 6:30pm in FHU’s Academic Resource Center, Room 150.

The event is a part of the Professors on Poetry series, hosted by the FHU English department. “A discussion of ‘Citizen’ gives us a great opportunity to discuss racism as it persists in the daily life of black Americans,” Dr. Neil Segars, who teaches African-American literature at FHU, said. “We’ll learn from the perspective of the book’s author, but also from black community leaders, faculty and students as they comment on the book and share their own encounters with racism.”

Rankine is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays and multiple essays. She has also edited several anthologies. “Citizen,” which examines racism in America, is the only book of poetry to be listed by the New York Times as a bestseller in nonfiction. The book-length poem was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award.

Participating in the discussion will be Dr. Nadine McNeal, director of FHU’s social work program; T.J. Kirk, principal of Chester County Middle School; and three FHU students: Sandrea Sylman, a senior from Chattanooga and a member of the Lady Lion basketball team; Jazmin Taylor from San Antonio and a member of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court for 2019; and Kenneth Moore, a senior English and Bible major from Nashville. The public is invited to attend the hour-long discussion.