January 15, 2018 Academic Calendar
2018-01-15 09:00 2018-01-15 17:00 America/New_York Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Cochran Chapel Andover

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

9:00 a.m.,  Cochran Chapel

On Monday, January 15, Andover will honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We are pleased to announce that our All-School Meeting speaker will be Claudia Rankine.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and numerous video collaborations. She is also the editor of several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.

For her book Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories), and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Following All-School Meeting, Rankine will be signing books in the chapel. The Andover Bookstore will be onsite for those who wish to purchase Rankine’s books. All adults in the community are welcome to attend as their schedule’s permit. 

In addition to Rankine’s keynote address, a full day of programing and workshops will be held for students and faculty. 

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