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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

ArtsEmerson and American Repertory Theater invite individuals and groups from Boston, Cambridge, and beyond to join us in a dynamic project exploring the construction of race and identity in America.

Citizen Read will include 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 public dialogue featuring Claudia Rankine and book club participants, and an opportunity to attend the world premiere of Rankine’s new play, The White Card (see eligibility tab for details).

Citizen Read discussions kicked off on January 16. We are no longer accepting applications for individuals. Established groups wishing to participate can email citizenreadproject@gmail.com to discuss their options.


November/December 2017
Apply for Citizen Read.
Applications due no later than December 31, 2017. All applications submitted after this deadline will be placed on a waitlist.
December 2017
ArtsEmerson and A.R.T. staff reviews applications, notifies participants and communicates next steps and curriculum. 
January 15 - February 28, 2018
Read Citizen: An American Lyric and participate in a facilitated conversation about the book.
March 4, 2018
Attend a Public Dialogue with Claudia Rankine.
March 20 - 22, 2018
Attend a Citizen Read designated performance of The White Card.

*All participants must read Citizen: An American Lyric and attend the public dialogue in order to be eligible to buy full-price tickets to designated Citizen Read performances of The White Card.