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2017-18 KU Common Book Events

The following are events related to Citizen: An American Lyric, or one of its many themes. Please return to this page to see more events as they are created. If you have an event to add, please email

Fall Events

Dr. Siobhan Scarry's Visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Various Times
The Commons, Spooner Hall

Dr. Siobhan Scarry, professor of English at Bethel College, will be on campus Tuesday, August 15th to facilitate two workshops for instructors who plan to use the book. Professor Scarry has written nationally on the topic of teaching Citizen. her article "Pure Conduit: The Superconductive Powers of Rankine's 'You'" appeared in the Southern Humanities Review (June 2016). These workshops will take place in The Commons, Spooner Hall.

  • Workshop I   2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Workshop II   4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending one of the sessions on Tuesday, August 15th please email us at


Common Book Discussion Groups

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Various campus locations

All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty and staff members to discuss Citizen: An American Lyric, KU's Common Book for 2017-18. These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead. 


An Evening with Claudia Rankine

Thursday, September 7, 2017
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Lied Center
Author of Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine, will be visiting campus to discuss her book and its selection as the KU Common Book for 2017-18.

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