Emancipation in Woodside: Erna Brodber in Conversation with Claudia Rankine
Friday, September 15
Erna Brodber and Claudia Rankine discuss the annual Emancipation Day celebrations in Woodside, Saint Mary, the rural community in the hills of northeast Jamaica where Brodber was born and continues to make her home. Brodber and Rankine will explore Brodber’s longtime involvement with Emancipation Day, as well as considering the importance of black spaces in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Clips from Bury Mi Foot Chain, a documentary about the Woodside celebrations, will be integrated into the conversation.
Claudia Rankine is the author of ﬁve collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. Rankine is also the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.
Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Afro-American Cultural Center, and Endeavors.