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Citizen Read

Citizen Read

A dynamic series of events activating public dialogue on race and identity in America.

JAN - MAR, 2018

“Can things move forward even between two people? If you have two people in the room, who claim they want to have the talk, they want to try and make things work, how do they do that? That’s a real question, not an intellectual exercise for me.”
- Claudia Rankine

Citizen Read is a series of dynamic events co-produced by ArtsEmerson and American Repertory Theater to activate a public dialogue on race and identity in America.

Citizen Read discussions kicked off in January and to date more than 1300 area residents from over 80 groups are participating. Citizen Read includes facilitated conversations of Rankine's 2014 New York Times bestselling book of poetry Citizen: An American Lyric in book clubs throughout Boston and Cambridge, a conversation featuring Claudia Rankine and book club participants, and an opportunity to attend the world premiere of Rankine’s new play, The White Card in March.

We are no longer accepting applications for individuals. Established groups wishing to participate can email citizenreadproject@gmail.com to discuss their options (see eligibility tab for details).


November/December 2017
Application period. 
December 2017
Application review by ArtsEmerson and A.R.T. staff. 
January 15 - February 28, 2018
Participants read Citizen: An American Lyric and participate in a facilitated conversation about the book.
March 4, 2018
Participants attend Citizen Speak: A Conversation with Claudia Rankine (private event).
March 20 - 22, 2018
Participants attend a Citizen Read designated performance of The White Card.