Book Discussion of "Citizen: An American Lyric"


Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. 

Join us for a shared learning experience that appeals to the student in each of us!

As you may know, incoming first-year students are assigned a book to read over the summer. They then hear a presentation by the author during Orientation and participate in small-group discussions facilitated by Brandeis faculty. This program, called the New Student Forum, has been part of Orientation for more than 20 years.

We invite you to experience the New Student Forum as Brandeis alumni, parents and grandparents! In addition to discussing the book as a group, we will also have the opportunity to view the author's engaging presentation to the students. This year's book is "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankin.

Winner of the National Book Critics award in poetry, Claudia Rankin's book recounts mounting racial aggressions in twenty-first century daily life and in the media. In essay, image and poetry, "Citizen" is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary society.

We are holding this event in collaboration with the Brandeis National Committee, which organized it 12 years ago as part of its learning opportunities study group programming.

Event chairs: Karen Nagle '84, P'16; Rachel Hernandez '92; and Liz Bornstein, P'21

Hosted by event co-chair Rachel Hernandez '92 at her home in Phoenix. RSVP for address.

Admission is complimentary. Light refreshments will be served.

We look forward to an inspiring and intellectual discussion with friends, and welcome all who would like to attend!

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 16.

It is highly recommended that you read the book in advance of the event.
For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 781-736-4041.​ 

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