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Events
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 4 – 6pmManetti Shrem Museum
"Just Us: An American Conversation" with Claudia Rankine

This online lecture is organized by Professor Allison Coudert in the Department of Religious Studies as part of the Castelfranco Lecture Series, the Manetti Shrem Museum, and the UC Davis Creative Writing Program.

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Presented on the day after the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, Claudia Rankine’s lecture coincides with the release of her upcoming publication, Just Us: An American Conversation. In an arrangement of essays, poems, and images, her newest work is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow when we directly address matters of whiteness.

Rankine’s list of honors is extensive and includes the Jackson Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowments for the Arts. In 2005, Rankine was awarded the Academy Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement by the Academy of American Poets. In 2016, Rankine was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and named a United States Artists Zell Fellow in Literature. In 2017, she founded the Racial Imaginary Institute, a “moving collaboration with other collectives, spaces, artists, and organizations towards art exhibitions, readings, dialogues, lectures, performances, and screenings that engage the subject of race." She is currently a Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

Rankine's lecture in 2016 on her award-winning book of that year, Citizen: An American Lyric, attracted an overflow audience in Davis.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 4:30 – 6pmManetti Shrem Museum
Winter Exhibition Preview Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation

Opening January 31, 2021, Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation features works by contemporary artists who have been inspired by Thiebaud as a fellow painter as well as former students who learned directly from the master teacher. Join Founding Director Rachel Teagle and Associate Curator Susie Kantor for an inside look at this upcoming exhibition.

Image: Robert Colescott, Artistry and Reality (Happy Birthday), 1983. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 18 in. (40.6 x 45.7 cm). Courtesy of the Erle and Pinkie Flad Collection. © 2020 Robert H. Colescott Separate Property Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Cleber Bonato.

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